Clinical Facilities and Organization


The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service encompasses multiple clinics located in Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital. The facilities at Mass. Eye and Ear are fully equipped with examination lanes and state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies.


One of the major strengths of our fellowship is the diversity of our faculty. The following faculty participate in the fellowship training:

  • George N. Papaliodis, MD (co-director of the fellowship)
  • Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH (co-director of the fellowship
  • John Kempen, MD, PhD
  • Nick Butler, MD

George N. Papaliodis, MD

Dr. Papaliodis completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, followed by an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He subsequently completed his Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear and was retained on staff upon completion of the training. In March of 2005, he was named director of the service. He maintains dual faculty appointments in internal medicine and ophthalmology. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH

Dr. Sobrin completed her residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 2003. She subsequently completed the Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Fellowship in 2005, followed by a Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute (MERSI) in 2006. She then joined the Retina and Uveitis Services as part of the Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program. Dr. Sobrin conducts her research on the genetics of retinal and uveitic diseases. She is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests include posterior uveitis and its treatment with systemic immunosuppresssion.

John Kempen, MD, PhD

Dr. Kempen is an internationally renowned academic ophthalmologist and researcher who specializes in inflammatory and infectious disorders of the eye. His research focuses on the safety and efficacy of treatments for ocular inflammatory diseases and ocular infectious diseases, particularly those related to HIV/AIDS. He also aims to identify factors predictive of unfavorable outcomes of these diseases. Major topics of interest include the evaluation of long-term risks of immunosuppressive therapy and the comparison of alternative treatment paradigms for uveitis. He is also studying how to optimize the outcomes of trachomatous trichiasis surgery in developing countries, and development of capacity for ophthalmic care in Africa. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Ophthalmic Epidemiology, and is an Editorial Board member for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, and the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection.

Nick Butler, MD

Dr. Butler completed his ophthalmology residency at Brown University and uveitis fellowship at the Casey Eye Institute. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and has his primary clinical practice at the Boston VA Medical Center. His clinical and research interests include uveitic macular edema and infectious uveitis.