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Deborah Pavan Langston, M.D., FACS

Photo of Deborah Pavan Langston, M.D., FACS
Specialty: Cornea and External Diseases
Phone Number: 617-573-4041
Fax: 617-573-4300
Location: 243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Check with Office
Board Certification: Ophthalmology
Medical School Cornell University Medical College
Residency Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program
Fellowship Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear (Cornea and External Diseases)
Teaching Affiliation Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

Dr. Langston has been an attending physician on the Cornea Service since the 1970s and is Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. She is the Director of the Virology Service.  Her primary clinical interest is in infectious disease of the anterior segment, with particular emphasis on viral infections such as Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster (shingles).  She has published more than 250 original articles, reports and chapters, and many books.

Dr. Langston recounted her experience in training as a physician and cornea specialist in the 2008 Mariana Mead Lecture at Mass. Eye and Ear. 

Dr. Langston is affiliated with the following professional organizations: American Academy of Ophthalmology, New England Ophthalmological Society, American Medical Women’s Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, Castroviejo Corneal Society (charter member) / Cornea Society, Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American College of Surgeons

Clinical and Research Interests

Cornea and external disease (anterior segment), viral infections of the eye (Herpes simplex - cold sore virus; Herpes zoster - shingles; zoster pain management), Keratoprosthesis implantation in Herpes simplex and zoster, and neurotrophic keratopathy.


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

Simon A, Pavan-Langston D. Long-term oral acyclovir: Effect on recurrent infectious herpes simplex keratitis in grafted and non-grafted patients. Ophthalmology. 1996; 103: 1399-1405.

Pavan-Langston D. Viral disease of the ocular anterior segment: Basic science and clinical disease. In The Cornea (eds. Foster S, Azar D, Dohlman C). 2005, 4th ed. pp 297-397.

Pavan-Langston D. Herpes zoster antivirals and pain management. Ophthalmology. 2008 Feb; 115(2 Suppl): S13-20.

Pavan-Langston D. Manual of ocular diagnosis and therapeutics. 6th edition, Lippencott, Williams, Wilkins, Baltimore, 2008. (528 pp). Also in Spanish, Asian, Portuguese and Greek editions.