Kathryn Masselam Hatch, M.D.

Site Director, Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham


Cornea and External Diseases

Refractive Surgery


Comprehensive Ophthalmology



Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

1601 Trapelo Road
Reservoir Place, Ste. 184
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-890-1023
Fax: 781-890-2507



Dr. Hatch is a full-time ophthalmologist and member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service. She is an accomplished surgeon in all-laser refractive surgery techniques including, LASIK and PRK, advanced techniques in corneal transplant surgery, refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens surgery, as well as corneal crosslinking and Intacs (intrastromal coneal ring segments) for keratoconus and dry eye.

Dr. Hatch also has experience in the treatment of ocular surface disease, corneal dystrophies and anterior segment reconstruction. She has advanced training in cataract surgery and the latest cutting-edge corneal transplantation surgery procedures, including both full thickness penetrating keratoplasty and partial thickness transplant surgery, DSAEK (Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty), DMEK (Descemets Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty), and DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratectomy). She also performs IEK (Intralase Enabled Keratoplasty) and IE-DALK (Intralase Enabled Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratectomy) and was the first eye surgeon in New England to perform IE-DALK.

Additionally, Dr. Hatch is participating in research trials in this area and is a primary investigator in a number of clinical investigations for the treatment of keratoconus and microbial keratitis. She also is researching the safety and efficacy of antibiotic usages for cataract and refractive surgery.

Dr. Hatch is an active fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of several organizations including the New England Ophthalmic Society, the Cornea Society, The Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists, the American College of Ophthalmic Surgery, American Society of Progressive Enterprising Surgeons, American European College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and the Massachusetts Medical Society. She has been in invited speaker at several regional, national and international meetings. In 2016, Dr. Hatch was selected as one of the 300 Premier Innovators in refractive cataract surgery in the United States by Ocular Surgery News.

Clinical Interests

All-laser refractive surgery including, LASIK and PRK, advanced techniques in corneal transplant surgery, cataract surgery and refractive cataract surgery, corneal crosslinking, Intacs (intrastromal corneal ring segments) for keratoconus.

Research Interests

Refractive, cataract and corneal transplant surgery


For a full publication list, please see her CV.

Contralateral orbital melanoma 28 years following enucleation for choroidal melanoma. Connolly G, Wladis G, Masselam KM, Weinberg DA. Orbit. 2007 Dec; 26(4):291-4.

The structure and function of the limbal stem cell and the disease states associated with limbal stem cell deficiency. Masselam KL, Dana R. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2009 Winter; 49 (1):43-52.

Benchmarking outcomes in resident-performed cataract surgery with toric intraocular lenses. Moreira H, Hatch KM, Greenberg P. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2013 Aug; 41(6): 624-6.

Delayed epithelial closure after PRK associated with topical besifloxacin use. Talamo JH, Hatch KM, Woodcock EC. Cornea. 2013, Oct ;32(10)1365-8.

Consultation section, corneal surgical problem, consultation #3. Hatch KM. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2013 Oct; 39 (10): 1620-1.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery: benefits and barriers. Hatch KM, Talamo JH. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan; 25(1):54-61.

View a complete list of publications on pubmed.gov>>

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  • Biochemistry, Middlebury College, BA
  • College of Medicine, University of Vermont, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, New York University/Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital


  • Cornea/Refractive Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear