Jason Comander, M.D., Ph.D.




Diabetic Retinopathy

Macular Degeneration

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: ERG: 617-573-3621; Retina (Boston): 617-573-3871
ERG: Monday and Wednesday; Retina (Boston): Every 2nd Friday



Dr. Jason Comander is a member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Retina and Inherited Retinal Disorders Services, where he specializes in diagnosing and treating inherited retinal diseases. He is also a member of the Berman-Gund Laboratory for Retinal Degenerations and the Howe Laboratory.

Dr. Comander is a graduate of Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he earned his medical degree and his PhD in Experimental Pathology. He completed a clinical fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, followed by an ophthalmology residency in the HMS Department of Ophthalmology.

As a clinician scientist, Dr. Comander's research primarily focuses on the genetics and treatment of inherited retinal diseases. He has studied the genetic basis of distinct forms of retinitis pigmentosa, investigated methods to assay the functional significance of human mutations, and tested techniques for retinal gene therapy in primates.

A driven and industrious clinician with a demonstrated aptitude for research, Dr. Comander was selected to attend the Heed Foundation Retreat for Academic Ophthalmology in 2009. In 2012, he was recognized as an up-and-coming clinician scientist when he received the highly competitive K12 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award from the National Institutes of Health, to support his research on inherited retinal disorders. He also holds a Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness.


For a full publication list, please see his CV.

Tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) protects photoreceptors from cell death after experimental retinal detachment. Mantopoulos D, Murakami Y, Comander J, Thanos A, Roh M, Miller JW, Vavvas DG. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e24245.

Diagnostic testing and disease monitoring in birdshot chorioretinopathy. Comander J, Loewenstein J, Sobrin L. Semin Ophthalmol. 2011 Jul-Sep; 26(4-5): 329-36.

High-resolution optical coherence tomography findings in solar maculopathy and the differential diagnosis of outer retinal holes. Comander J, Gardiner M, Loewenstein J. Am J Ophthalmol. 2011 Sep; 152(3): 413-419.e6. 

Accommodating intraocular lenses: theory and practice. Comander J, Pineda R 2nd. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2010 Winter; 50(1): 107-17.

Improving the statistical detection of regulated genes from microarray data using intensity-based variance estimation. Comander J, Natarajan S, Gimbrone MA Jr, García-Cardeña G. BMC Genomics. 2004 Feb 27;5(1): 17.

View a list of publications on pubmed.gov>>

To learn more about Dr. Comander, read his "Meet a Specialist" profile here.



  • Biology, Harvard College, AB
  • Harvard Medical School, M.D.
  • Experimental Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Ph.D.


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School


  • Vitreoretinal Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear