Roberto Pineda II, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Incumbent of the Thomas Y. and Clara W. Butler Chair in Ophthalmology 

Assistant Scientist


Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliation

Research Summary

Dr. Pineda's main areas of focus are the cornea, refractive surgery (laser vision correction),and complex cataract surgery. He was the first faculty member at Mass. Eye and Ear to utilize clear cornea incision techniques, topical and intracameral anesthesia, and limbal relaxing incisions during cataract surgery. He has brought new techniques and technology to Mass. Eye and Ear and the New England region, including conductive keratoplasty; lntacs with lntralase for keratoconus; and DLEK, DSEK, and DALK (novellamellar corneal transplantation). He also established two longitudinal clinical sites to evaluate the viability of the Boston Keratoprosthesis in Ethiopia and Sudan. Currently, he is working on a Brillouin confocal microscope for the cornea and lens to analyze their physiologic properties.

Selected Publications

For a full publication list, please see his CV.

Cataract in the Adult Eye Preferred Practice Pattern®. Olson RJ, Braga-Mele R, Chen SH, Miller KM, Pineda R 2nd, Tweeten JP, Musch DC. Ophthalmology. 2016 Oct 13.

In Vivo Brillouin Analysis of the Aging Crystalline Lens. Besner S, Scarcelli G, Pineda R, Yun SH. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Oct 1;57(13):5093-5100. doi: 10.1167/iovs.16-20143.

Intraocular lens exchange surgery at a tertiary referral center: Indications, complications, and visual outcomes. Davies EC, Pineda R 2nd. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Sep;42(9):1262-1267.

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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1984: B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin City Campus

1985: Recipient of the International Reciprocal Student Exchange Scholarship, Univeristi Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

1990: M.D., University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

1990: Research Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholars’ Program, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

1991: PGY-1, Transitional Program, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

1994: Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

1995: Chief Resident, Harvard Medical School

1996: Clinical Fellowship, Cornea and External Disease, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Academic Appointments

2012-present: Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2010-2014: Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member, New England College of Optometry

2002-2006: Scholar, The Academy at Harvard Medical School

1999-2012: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

1994-1999: Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School