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Clinical Facilities and Organization

Facilities
The Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services are located on the first floor of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The current facility is fully equipped with examination lanes and state of the art laser vision diagnostic technologies, two in vivo confocal microscopes, an anterior segment OCT and a slit lamp video camera.

Personnel
One of the major strengths of our fellowship is the size and diversity of its faculty.  Faculty members hold joint appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The following faculty members participate in the corneal fellowship training:

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James Chodosh, MD, MPH
Joseph Ciolino, MD
Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD
Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc (Service Director)     
Claes H. Dohlman, MD, PhD
Pedram Hamrah, MD
Deborah Jacobs, MD (Part-Time Faculty) 
Ula Jurkunas, MD   
Samir Melki, MD, PhD (Part-Time Faculty) 
Deborah Pavan-Langston, MD
Roberto Pineda, MD 
 
In addition to expertise in corneal transplantation and the medical management of corneal disorders, the faculty members, listed alphabetically, have subspecialty interests as described below:

Full Time Faculty

James Chodosh, MD, MPH
James Chodosh, MD, MPH is a clinician-scientist in the department who completed his ophthalmology residency training at the Baylor College of Medicine, a clinical fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, and a postdoctoral research fellowship in virology and molecular biology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He received his Masters in Public Health (biostatistics) from the University of Oklahoma, where he was M.G. McCool Professor of Ophthalmology, prior to joining Mass Eye and Ear in July, 2008. He is the Director of the Cornea Fellowship and Medical Education in Cornea, and his principal interests include ocular surface infections, keratoprosthesis surgery, and rehabilitation of seemingly hopeless cases of corneal blindness.

Joseph B. Ciolino, MD
Joseph B. Ciolino, MD completed Mass Eye. and Ear's Advanced Fellowship Program in Cornea and Refractive Surgery in 2009. Dr. Ciolino conducts his research in the laboratories of Dr. Daniel Kohane at Children’s Hospital Boston and Dr. Robert Langer at MIT. Dr. Ciolino’s research focuses on keratoprosthesis, contact lenses, and ocular drug delivery.  He is an Instructor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD
Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD completed her ophthalmology residency, chief residency and corneal fellowship at the Mass. Eye and Ear. Her specific research interests include Fuchs dystrophy and ocular surface tumors. Dr. Colby is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc
Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc holds the Claes Dohlman Chair in Ophthalmology and is Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He is also Vice Chairman of the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology, Associate Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear for Academic Programs, and Director of the Cornea, Refractive and External Disease Services at MEEI. Additionally, he oversees the educational, operational, and administrative dimensions of the Service. He received his undergraduate, MPH and MD degrees from Johns Hopkins, and his MSc degree from Harvard. After residency training at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, he performed his Cornea and External Disease training at the Wills Eye Hospital, his Uveitis training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and his Ocular and Transplantation Immunology training at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dana directs the Corneal Immunology Lab and is a Senior Scientist and Clement Stone Scholar at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He also directs the NIH-supported K12 Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program. Dr. Dana has published over 230 scientific papers, chapters, and reviews. His main areas of interest include corneal transplant immunology, and ocular surface disease and reconstruction.

Claes H. Dohlman, MD, PhD
Claes H. Dohlman, MD, PhD is the founder of the MEEI Cornea Service and the Cornea Fellowship. His accomplishments are too numerous to list. He was Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology from 1974-89. Since 1989, he has focused on the Boston Keratoprosthesis, which offers hope for the many patients for whom a standard corneal transplant is not a viable option. He is Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Pedram Hamrah, MD
Pedram Hamrah, MD conducted his fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at MEEI from 2006 to 2008 and joined the Cornea Service in July of 2008. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of the Ocular Surface Imaging Center. Dr. Hamrah conducts his research in the laboratory of Dr. Ulrich von Andrian at Harvard Medical School, and focuses on leukocyte trafficking in corneal inflammation.

Ula Jurkunas, MD
Ula Jurkunas, MD completed her MEEI Cornea fellowship in 2006, after which she joined the Cornea Service with an award from the Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program. Dr. Jurkunas now conducts her independent research at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, where she is on the Clinical Faculty. She is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests include ocular surface reconstruction and refractive surgery.

Deborah Pavan Langston, MD
Deborah Pavan Langston, MD has been an Attending on the Cornea Service since the 1970s and is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Her primary clinical interest is infectious disease of the anterior segment with particular emphasis on viral infections, in particular Herpes Simplex and Zoster. She has published more than 200 original reports and chapters, and many books.

Roberto Pineda II, MD
Roberto Pineda II, MD, former Chief Resident and Cornea Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is now the Director of the Refractive Surgery Service. His primary interest is in refractive surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, and complex cataract extractions. He regularly participates in ORBIS International and has authored several ophthalmology textbooks. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Part-time Faculty

Samir Melki, MD, PhD
Samir Melki, MD, PhD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and a senior instructor with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is currently an attending physician at Mass. Eye and Ear, where he completed his two-year fellowship training in corneal diseases and laser vision correction after a residency in Ophthalmology at Georgetown University. He is an active refractive and anterior segment surgeon and has authored two textbooks on these subjects. Dr. Melki spends the crux of his time at his private practice in Brookline, serving as President and Founder of the Boston Eye Group.

Deborah Jacobs, MD
Deborah Jacobs, MD, a former resident and fellow of the MEEI, is currently Medical Director of the Boston Foundation for Sight and Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jacobs’ main interest is management of complex cornea and external disease patients and applications of the Boston Scleral Lens.

 

Page Updated: September 21, 2010