Michael Pinnolis, M.D.

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Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

1 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 781-279-4418



As a vitreoretinal specialist in Mass. Eye and Ear's Retina Service, Dr. Michael Pinnolis has expertise treating patients with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular diseases. He sees patients at Mass. Eye and Ear, Retina Consultants, located in Stoneham.

Dr. Pinnolis attended medical school at Tulane University Medical School and completed his Ophthalmology residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Retinal-Vitreous Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear. Since 1982, he has practiced at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and has served in several leadership roles, which include Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Ophthalmology, Executive Vice President for the Clinical Practice, Chief of Healthcare Improvement, and Director of Central Surgical Specialties.

As an attending on the Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service for 10 years, Dr. Pinnolis has seen many patients with infectious diseases of the retina, mostly related to AIDS. He also has participated in several clinical trials at Mass. Eye and Ear, including the Study of Ocular Complications in AIDS (SOCA) and the Age Related Eye Disorder Study (AREDS), which investigated the natural history and risk factors of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataract and evaluated the effect of high doses of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc on the progression of AMD and cataract.

Clinical Interests

Vitreoretinal diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular diseases

Research Interests

Clinical research; vitamin supplementation for age-related eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration


For a full publication list, please see his CV.

Long-term effects of vitamins C and E, & beta;-carotene, and zinc on age-related macular degeneration: AREDS report no. 35. Chew EY, Clemons TE, Agrn E, Sperduto RD, Sangiovanni JP, Kurinij N, Davis MD; Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. Ophthalmology. 2013 Aug;120(8):1604-11.e4.

Change in area of geographic atrophy in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study: AREDS report number 26. Lindblad AS, Lloyd PC, Clemons TE, Gensler GR, Ferris FL 3rd, Klein ML, Armstrong JR; Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Sep;127(9):1168-74.

Melanoma-associated retinopathy and recurrent exudative retinal detachments in a patient with choroidal melanoma. Zacks DN, Pinnolis MK, Berson EL, Gragoudas ES. Am J Ophthalmol. 2001 2001;119:1417-143.

AIDS and the posterior segment. Graham K, Pinnolis M. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 1998 Winter;38(1):265-80.

Treatment of progressive outer retinal necrosis with sorivudine. Pinnolis MK, Foxworthy D, Kemp B. Amer. J. Ophthal. 1995;119(4):516-517.

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  • Mathematics, Tulane University, BS
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Stanford University School of Medicine


  • Retina & Vitreous Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear