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

Photo of Claes H. Dohlman, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Boston Keratoprosthesis Research and Development
Specialty: Cornea and External Diseases
Phone Number: 617-573-3240
Fax: 617-573-4369
Location: Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Call the office
Board Certification: Ophthalmology
Graduate School Karolinksa Institute
Medical School University of Lund, Sweden
Residency University of Lund, Sweden
Fellowship Biochemistry, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
Fellowship Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship Ophthalmology, Mass Eye and Ear
Fellowship Retina Foundation
Teaching Affiliation Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

Dr. 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. His accomplishments are extensive and include the development of the Boston Keratoprosthesis, or "artificial cornea," which offers hope to the many patients for whom a standard corneal transplant is not a viable option. Dr. Dohlman was the Chief and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Mass. Eye and Ear from 1974 to 1989. He is an Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Clinical Interests

Corneal and external disease, primary eye care, Boston Keratoprosthesis

Research Interests

Corneal Diseases and Corneal Physiology, Keratoprosthesis


For a full publication list, please see his CV. A representative list (2006 - 2012) is available through

Mannis MJ, Dohlman CH. The artificial cornea: A brief history. In: Corneal Transplantation, A History in Profiles. Mannis MJ (ed). Vol. 6, p. 321, 1999.

Keratoprosthesis surgery - Techniques. (Dohlman-Waller). In: Corneal Surgery: Theory, Technique and Tissue. 3rd edition. Brightbill F (ed). Mosby-Year Book Chapter 67B, p. 541-549, 1999.

Afshari N, Mullally J, Afshari MA, Steinert RF, Adamis AP, Azar DT, Talamo JH, Dohlman CH, Dryja TP. Survey of patients with granular, lattice, avellino, and Reis-Bücklers corneal dystrophies for mutations in the BIGH3 and gelsolin genes. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001 Jan; 119(1):16-22.

Merchant A, Zacks CM, Wilhelmus K, Durand M, Dohlman CH. Candidal endophthalmitis after keratoplasty. Cornea. 2001 Mar; 20(2):226-9.