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Joseph B. Ciolino, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Henry Freeman Allen Cornea Scholar
Associate Surgeon


Center Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Ciolino is a clinician scientist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of corneal diseases. His research aims to develop and test a drug-eluting contact lens for the treatment of eye diseases. Specifically, he plans to carry out proof-of-concept studies to demonstrate the functionality and safety of this drug-eluting contact lens, advancing toward the goal of treating glaucoma, eye infections, and ocular inflammation in patients. He is currently working to bring a dexamethasone-eluting contact lens and a latanoprost-eluting contact lens closer to first tests in human subjects.

Select Publications

For a full publication list, please see his CV.

In vivo performance of a drug-eluting contact lens to treat glaucoma for a month. Ciolino JB, Stefanescu CF, Ross AE, Salvador-Culla B, Cortez P, Ford EM, Wymbs KA, Sprague SL, Mascoop DR, Rudina SS, Trauger SA, Cade F, Kohane DS. Biomaterials. 2014 Jan;35(1):432-9.

A drug-eluting contact lens. Ciolino JB, Hoare TR, Iwata NG, Behlau I, Dohlman CH, Langer R, Kohane DS. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Jul; 50(7): 3346-52.

A prototype antifungal contact lens. Ciolino JB, Hudson SP, Mobbs AN, Hoare TR, Iwata NG, Fink GR, Kohane DS.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug; 52(9): 6286-91.

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

Reliable intraocular pressure measurement using automated radio-wave telemetry. Paschalis E, Cade F, Melki SA, Pasquale LR, Dohlman CH, Ciolino JB. Clin Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan 7;8:177-85.

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  • 1994-1998: B.S., Economics, Boston College
  • 1998-2002: M.D., Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

  • 2002-2003: Internship, Internal Medicine, Brown Medical School
  • 2003-2004: Research Fellowship, Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • 2004-2007: Residency, Ophthalmology, Albany Medical College
  • 2007-2009: Clinical Fellowship, Cornea and External Disease, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Academic Appointments

  • 2007-present: Research Affiliate, Health Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009-2012: Instructor, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
  • 2012-present: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

  • 2004-present: Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • 2004-present: Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology


  • 2005, Best Scientific Paper Fellow Award, Cornea Federated Society
  • 2006: Robert D. Reinecke Research Award, Albany Medical College
  • 2007: Annual House Staff Research Award, Albany Medical College
  • 2009: MIT 100K Finalist, Winner of Life-Sciences Track, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2009: Dohlman Cornea Fellow Award, Dohlman Society

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Joseph B. Ciolino, M.D.


Mass. Eye and Ear

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Boston, MA 02114

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