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Priya Desai, M.D.


Priya Desai, M.D., M.B.A.Dr. Desai specializes in the medical, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. She also performs minor eye lid procedures, including excision and biopsy of lesions and chalazions. After receiving her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Desai completed her ophthalmology residency at the King-Harbor Medical Center Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles followed by a fellowship in glaucoma at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. Her special interests include normal tension glaucoma.

Priya Desai, M.D. Specialiizes in:

  • Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
  • Laser treatment for Glaucoma
  • Advanced technology implants for cataract surgery
  • Treatment of Dry Eye Disease through our certified Dry Eye Center
  • Excision of lid lesions


Glaucoma Fellowship
Jules Stein Eye Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Lee and Mae Sherman Fellow

Ophthalmology Residency
Chief Resident King-Harbor Medical Center/Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, CA

Internal Medicine Internship UCLA Medical Center
David Geffen School of Medicine

UCLA Anderson School of Management M.B.A.

Healthcare Management and Finance Graduated with honors

Anderson Business Honor Society

David Geffen School of Medicine

STTP Research Fellowship

Cornell University B.S.

Chemical Engineering Graduated Cum Laude

GTE Academic Athlete of the Year award 1995


  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Federal DEA License


  • USMLE Step 3(2004)
  • USMLE Step 2(2002)
  • USMLE Step 1(2000)


  • Ophthalmologist, Matossian Eye Associates
  • Clinical Instructor Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Glaucoma Society
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)
  • American Women’s Medical Association (UCLA Co-founder and President)


Focal Point, LLC
Evaluated various opportunities in the healthcare industry for this boutique investment banking advisory firm

Johnson & Johnson/UCLA
Health Care Executive Program Teaching Associate/Admissions Committee Creation of a new program in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson and Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) to train CEOs of Safety Net organizations around the nation in better business practices

Retina Division
Jules Stein Eye Institute
UCLA Business Consultant Headed the early administrative steps for the reorganization of the JSEI Retina Division


The Treatment of Normal Tension Glaucoma (book chapter) Will be published in 2009 in Progress for Brain Research Book Series:
“Glaucoma: An Open Window to Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection”

Glaucoma Electronic Management System
Dept of Ophthalmology, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Goal: to improve the outcomes of care for glaucoma patients

Deion Analysis Primer

Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program

On-line learning device used to teach the concepts of decision analysis as they pertain to the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Safety Net Briefing Paper, J&J/UCLA Health Care Executive Program

Educational paper on the healthcare ‘safety-net’ that exists in the U.S. Location:

Expression of a Novel cDNA

In pcd Mouse Cerebellum Retinal Biochemistry

Jules Stein Eye Institute
UCLA Presented at the Western Medical Student Research Forum (WMSRF)

Abstract published in WMSRF Journal

American Heart Association Internship – decode the mechanism of cholesterol homeostasis

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Department
UC, Irvine

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