Roberto Pineda II, M.D.

Director, Keratorefractive Surgery Service


Cornea and External Diseases

Refractive Surgery

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-4393
Fax: 617-573-4300
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday



Dr. Pineda is an ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in corneal disorders, external disease, refractive surgery, and ocular trauma. As the Director of Refractive Surgery on the Cornea Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, his specialty areas include laser vision correction, corneal surgery, and cataract surgery. Most of his patients have complex cases and are referred to him after second or third opinions, or re-operations.

Dr. Pineda earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He then completed an ophthalmology residency in the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Department of Ophthalmology and served as Chief Resident his final year. He completed a research fellowship at National Institutes of Health Howard Hughes Medical Institute, followed by a clinical fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Pineda is spearheading efforts to expand affordable and quality eye care internationally. He is the Director of the International Council of Ophthalmology fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear; the advisor for the Harvard College Chapter of Unite for Sight; and a Board Member of Visionaries International, a nonprofit that trains corneal surgeons in developing countries. He also participates with Orbis International, where he teaches ophthalmologists the latest surgical techniques. In 2014, Dr. Pineda was named Associate Director of the office of Global Surgery and Health at Mass. Eye and Ear. Additionally, Dr. Pineda is working to introduce the artificial cornea, known as the Boston keratoprosthesis, in Ethiopia and Sudan.

Dr. Pineda is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1997 HMS Department of Ophthalmology Teacher of the Year Award, the 2000 Partners in Excellence Award from the United Arab Emirates Project Team, the 2001 Mass. Eye and Ear Medical Staff Recognition Award, and a 2014 American Academy of Ophthalmology's Senior Achievement Award. In 2014, he was named Distinguished Scholar in Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Clinical Interests

Cornea disease, cataract, refractive surgery

Research Interests

Cornea disease, cataract, refractive surgery


For a full publication list, please see his CV.

Low-cost and readily available tissue carriers for the Boston keratoprosthesis: a review of possibilities. Cruzat A, Tauber A, Shukla A, Paschalis EI, Pineda R, Dohlman CH. J Ophthalmol. 2013;2013:686587.

Traumatic in-the-bag intraocular lens subluxation. Rankin JK, Pineda R 2nd. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013 Fall;53(4):11-21.

Retention of the Boston keratoprosthesis type 1: multicenter study results. Ciolino JB, Belin MW, Todani A, Al-Arfaj K, Rudnisky CJ; Boston Keratoprosthesis Type 1 Study Group. Ophthalmology. 2013 Jun;120(6):1195-200.

Brillouin microscopy of collagen crosslinking: noncontact depth-dependent analysis of corneal elastic modulus. Scarcelli G, Kling S, Quijano E, Pineda R, Marcos S, Yun SH. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Feb 19;54(2):1418-25.

Analysis of four aberrometers for evaluating lower and higher order aberrations. Cade F, Cruzat A, Paschalis EI, Esprito Santo L, Pineda R. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e54990.

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  • University of Minnesota, BS
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Department


  • Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear