Praveen Raja, PhD, is responsible as our Chief Operating Officer for bringing cohesion to the operations functions at PATH to more effectively and efficiently support PATH’s mission of accelerating health equity across the globe. In addition, Dr. Raja also serves as an institutional officer for the organization to guide global business development strategy.
Dr. Raja draws on decades of expertise in driving business and operational excellence in leadership positions at organizations across the technology, health, and academic sectors, including the University of California, Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente, Johnson & Johnson, Amgen, and several startup companies.
In his role at Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Raja served on the management team for a $3 billion global medical device business. In response to a challenging business environment, he helped implement new strategies for growth, driving efficiencies and consolidating operations. Dr. Raja also co-founded a medical software company that retooled its offshore operations to increase its product pipeline and lower costs, while investing in sales and marketing and other US-based capabilities to accelerate business development. In addition, Dr. Raja co-founded a successful nonprofit organization that has developed its first full K-12 school for 300+ underserved children in a rural area outside Bangalore, India.
Dr. Raja joined PATH in August 2017 as vice president of Technology, Analytics and Market Innovation. In this role, he led PATH’s technology development, commercialization, and market innovation functions, encompassing diagnostics, medical devices, data and analytics, and digital products. Simultaneously, Dr. Raja oversaw PATH’s global innovation hub in India and Impact Lab in South Africa.
Dr. Raja holds a PhD in clinical psychology (behavioral medicine) from the University of California, Los Angeles.