Joseph B. Ciolino, M.D.
|Specialty:||Cornea and External Diseases|
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
|Office Hours:||Friday mornings|
|Medical School||Georgetown University School of Medicine|
|Internship||Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital|
|Residency||Ophthalmology, Albany Medical College|
|Fellowship||Cornea, Refractive Surgery and External Disease, Mass Eye and Ear|
|Teaching Affiliation||Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School|
Dr. Ciolino obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently pursued an ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical College, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. Returning to Boston for a two-year fellowship in Cornea, Refractive Surgery and External Disease, he received the nationally recognized Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award. He then joined Harvard Medical School’s full time faculty at Mass. Eye and Ear under the K12 Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program, a highly competitive institutional program funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Working with collaborators at Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Ciolino has developed a drug-eluting contact lens capable of delivering various pharmaceutical agents, such as antibiotics, antifungals, and glaucoma medication. These drug-eluting lenses have the potential to improve surgical outcomes for patients with keratoprosthesis by both protecting the ocular surface of the eye and by preventing post-operative infections, and they may one day replace eye drops.
In addition to his clinical practice and his research program, Dr. Ciolino also supervises medical students and participates in training residents and fellows.
Corneal transplants, keratoprosthesis, diseases of the anterior segment of the eye
Keratoprosthesis, ocular drug delivery
Ciolino JB, Stefanescu CF, Ross AE, Salvador-Culla B, Cortez P, Ford EM, Wymbs KA, Sprague SL, Mascoop DR, Rudina SS, Trauger SA, Cade F, Kohane DS. In vivo performance of a drug-eluting contact lens to treat glaucoma for a month. Biomaterials. 2014 Jan;35(1):432-9.
Ciolino JB, Hudson SP, Mobbs AN, Hoare TR, Iwata NG, Fink GR, Kohane DS. A prototype antifungal contact lens. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug; 52(9): 6286-91.
Ament JD, Stryjewski TP, Ciolino JB, Todani A, Chodosh J, Dohlman CH. Cost-effectiveness of the Boston keratoprosthesis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Feb; 149(2): 221-228.e2.
Ciolino JB, Hoare TR, Iwata NG, Behlau I, Dohlman CH, Langer R, Kohane DS. A drug-eluting contact lens. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Jul; 50(7): 3346-52.
Ciolino JB, Dohlman CH. Biologic keratoprosthesis materials. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2009 Winter; 49(1): 1-9.
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