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Roberto Pineda II, M.D.

Photo of Roberto Pineda II, M.D.
Director, Keratorefractive Surgery Service
Specialties: Cornea and External Diseases
Refractive Surgery
Phone Number: 617-573-4393
Fax: 617-573-4300
Location: Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday
Board Certification: Ophthalmology
Medical School University of Minnesota Medical School
Residency Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program
Fellowship Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear
Teaching Affiliation Associate Professor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

Dr. Pineda is a board-certified ophthalmologist with training in cornea, external disease, refractive surgery, and ocular trauma. At Mass. Eye and Ear, he spends approximately 90 percent of his time seeing patients, and his main areas of focus include refractive surgery, cornea, and cataract surgery. Most of his patients have complex cases and are referred to him after second or third opinions, or re-operations. 

Prior to his role as Director of Refractive Surgery on the Cornea Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Pineda was the Division Chief of Ophthalmology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Director of the Anterior Segment Fellowship. He also helped establish and directed the Refractive Surgery Service for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. A pioneer in his field, he has brought new techniques and technology to Mass. Eye and Ear and the New England region, including conductive keratoplasty, Intacs with Intralase for keratoconus and DLEK, DSEK, and DALK (novel lamellar corneal transplantation).

The recipient of numerous awards for his work as a physician, he also has garnered praise as an innovator and mentor. To date, he has co-authored four textbooks, published numerous papers, and continues to teach and lecture at national meetings. 

Clinical Interests

Cornea disease, cataract, refractive surgery

Research Interests

Cornea disease, cataract, refractive surgery


For a full publication list, please see his CV. A representative list (2006 - 2013) is available through

Dastjerdi MH, Al-Arfaj KM, Nallasamy N, Hamrah P, Jurkunas UV, Pineda R 2nd, Pavan-Langston D, Dana R. Topical bevacizumab in the treatment of corneal neovascularization: results of a prospective, open-label, noncomparative study. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Apr; 127(4): 381-9.

Moncaster JA, Pineda R, Moir RD, Lu S, Burton MA, Ghosh JG, Ericsson M, Soscia SJ, Mocofanescu A, Folkerth RD, Robb RM, Kuszak JR, Clark JI, Tanzi RE, Hunter DG, Goldstein LE. Alzheimer's disease amyloid-beta links lens and brain pathology in Down syndrome. PLoS One. 2010 May 20; 5(5): e10659.

Pineda R 2nd, Jain V, Gupta P, Jakobiec FA. Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty: an effective treatment for toxic anterior segment syndrome with histopathologic findings. Cornea. 2010 Jun; 29(6): 694-7.

Ament JD, Tilahun Y, Mudawi E, Pineda R. Role for ipsilateral autologous corneas as a carrier for the Boston keratoprosthesis: the Africa experience. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010 Jun; 128(6): 795-7.

Pineda R, Denevich S, Lee WC, Waycaster C, Pashos CL. Economic evaluation of toric intraocular lens: a short- and long-term decision analytic model. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010 Jul; 128(7): 834-40.

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