Priya Desai

Vice President, Research and Innovation

Priya joined Smile Train in 2011 and serves as the Vice President, Research & Innovation. She has more than 9 years of experience working with Smile Train’s Medical Advisory Board expanding, leveraging, and promoting 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. As Vice President, Research & Innovation Priya facilitates research and innovation opportunities for Smile Train and its partners, and oversees strategic partnerships to strengthen and build research capacity across Smile Train’s partner network in 70+ countries. 

Prior to joining Smile Train, Priya was a Program Manager for the Primary Care Information Project at the NY Department of Health, and a Project Manager at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham & Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health where she was involved in the WHO patient safety initiative ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives.’