Priya Desai

VP, Research and Innovation at Smile Train


Priya joined Smile Train in 2011 and serves as Senior Director, Medical Programs. She has more than eight years of experience working with Smile Train’s Medical Advisory Board to expand, leverage, and promote Smile Train’s global programmatic work by empowering local cleft care providers with support, guidance, and oversight to ensure safe, high quality, sustainable cleft programs.

Prior to joining Smile Train, Priya was a Project Manager at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham & Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health. During this time, she was involved in the World Health Organization’s patient safety initiative ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives.’ Following her time at HSPH, Priya worked for the NYC Department of Mental Health & Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project as a Program Manager for the Primary Care Information Project. Priya’s work at Smile Train focuses on identifying challenges and gaps in safety and/or effective treatment and strategically implementing solutions to promote the safety and quality and cultivate and scale for measurable increased impact in Smile Train treatment programs worldwide.

Priya holds a Master’s of Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health and a BA from Smith College.


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