Claes H. Dohlman, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Boston Keratoprosthesis Research and Development


Cornea and External Diseases

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3240
Fax: 617-573-4369



Dr. Claes Dohlman is the founder of Mass. Eye and Ear's Cornea Service and the Cornea fellowship program, and is among the most honored ophthalmologists in the world. Recognized as the founder of modern corneal science, his work is considered "classic" literature on understanding corneal biology. He is the Director of Boston Keratoprosthesis Research and Development, or "artificial cornea," which offers hope to the many patients for whom a standard corneal transplant is not a viable option.

Dr. Dohlman earned his MD and a Doctorate of Medical Research (biochemistry) from the University of Lund in Sweden, and completed his residency in ophthalmology in the Eye Clinic of the University of Lund. This was followed by Ophthalmology Fellowships at John Hopkins Hospital and Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary.

His most notable achievement is the Boston Keratoprosthesis (KPro), the most successful artificial cornea in the world, received by more than 10,000 patients in the United States and 52 countries worldwide. Dr. Dohlman continues a robust Boston KPro research program with a number of coworkers that addresses simplicity, cost, and long-term safety for the device, especially for the developing world.

Dr. Dohlman has trained first-hand over 200 cornea specialists - more than any other ophthalmologist in the world. His contributions to ophthalmic education are incalculable considering the hundreds of second- and third-generation cornea specialists who have trained under his protégées, and the thousands more who have benefited from his prolific contributions to corneal literature and science.

In 2007, the American Academy of Ophthalmology named Dr. Dohlman recipient of the Laureate Award-the highest honor possible to bestow by the Academy - in recognition of his contributions spanning 50 years of continuous service to the profession. The following year, he was again honored for his lifetime accomplishments in a named Harvard Professorship. In 2012, the Swedish Medical Society presented him with the highly esteemed Gullstrand Gold Medal, an international prize awarded only once every decade to an ophthalmologist whose research has contributed significantly to the field of vision science and ophthalmic treatment.

His previous leadership roles include Director of the Cornea Service and Chief of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear, and Chairman of the Ophthalmology Department at Harvard Medical School.

Clinical Interests

Corneal and external disease, Boston Keratoprosthesis

Research Interests

Corneal diseases and corneal physiology, keratoprosthesis


For a full publication list (330 publications), please see his CV.

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  • 1950, University of Lund, Sweden, M.D.
  • 1957, University of Lund, Sweden, Ph.D.


  • University of Lund, Sweden


  • Biochemistry, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
  • Biochemistry, Retina Foundation
  • Histochemistry, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear