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Dr. Arjun Desai  

Chief Operating Officer of JLABS + Center for Device Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Arjun “JJ” Desai is Chief Operating Officer of JLABS and the Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center (CDI @ TMC). JJ is responsible for delivering on the goals and objectives across all JLABS sites, in addition to CDI @ TMC.

Prior to joining the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS family, JJ served as Chief Medical Officer at Avinger, Inc., a medical device company that develops Lumivascular image guided therapies, which combines real-time intravascular imaging with therapeutic devices to address cardiovascular diseases.

JJ completed his advanced anesthesia residency at Stanford University, where he served as chief resident his final year, and he remains on faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Anesthesia. JJ currently lectures at both Stanford Healthcare and Stanford Biodesign.

Prior to clinical training, JJ served as a fellow in the United States House Policy Committee, advising members of Congress on early Medicare legislation, which ultimately shaped Medicaid and outreach programs. Additionally, he represented the United States State Department and Rotary International as an Ambassador of Goodwill to Singapore where he led vaccine prophylaxis campaigns and taught in the department of health economics at the National University of Singapore. In addition to his role as a Stanford physician, he holds an M.D. from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.


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