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Joseph B. Ciolino, MD

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Specialty: Cornea and External Diseases
Phone Number: 617-573-3938
Fax: 617-573-4324
Location: 243 Charles Street
Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Friday mornings
Board Certification: Ophthalmology
College Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Medical School Georgetown University School of Medicine
Internship Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital
Residency Albany Medical College (Ophthalmology)
Fellowship Harvard Medical School, Mass Eye and Ear (Cornea, Refractive Surgery and External Disease)
Teaching Affiliation Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

Dr. Ciolino is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist with office hours at Mass. Eye and Ear's Charles Street location and Andover Eye Associates.

After graduating from Boston College, he obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine internship at Brown University. He subsequently pursued an ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical College, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. He returned to Boston for a two-year fellowship in the Cornea, Refractive Surgery and External Disease Service, where he received the nationally recognized Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award. Following his fellowship, Dr. Ciolino joined Harvard Medical School’s full time faculty at Mass. Eye and Ear.  His clinical focus is in corneal transplants, keratoprosthesis and diseases of the anterior segment of the eye.

Dr. Ciolino is a clinician scientist whose research is supported by K08 funding from the National Institutes of Health. His interests include translational projects such as keratoprosthesis and ocular drug delivery. He has been working with collaborators at Boston Children's Hospital and Massacusetts Institute of Technology to develop a drug-eluting contact lens, which has been covered by international news services including CNN, Reuters News Service and Scientific American.


For a full publication list, please see his CV. A representative list (2003 - 2012) is available through

Ciolino JB, Dohlman CH. Biologic keratoprosthesis materials. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2009 Winter; 49(1): 1-9.

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.

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, 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.

Todani A, Ciolino JB, Ament JD, Colby KA, Pineda R, Belin MW, Aquavella JV, Chodosh J, Dohlman CH. Titanium back plate for a PMMA keratoprosthesis: clinical outcomes. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2011 Oct; 249(10): 1515-8.

To learn more about Dr. Ciolino, click here to read his “Meet a Specialist” profile.



Page updated: December 6, 2013