Deborah S. Jacobs, M.D.

Deborah Jacobs

Director, Ocular Surface Imaging Center


Cornea and External Diseases

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3938
Fax: 617-573-6964



Dr. Jacobs earned her undergraduate A.B. degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. She earned her Masters of Science degree in physiological sciences from Oxford University in England, and then returned to the United States to complete her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. After completing her Ophthalmology residency in the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, Dr. Jacobs pursued subspecialty training in Cornea and External Disease through a fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear. She has served as part-time faculty on the Cornea Service since 2008 and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Her main clinical interests include ocular surface disease, corneal ectasia, contact lens, and prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem (PROSE).

Clinical Interests

Cornea and external disease

Research Interests

Contact lens for corneal disease

Selected Publications

Jacobs DS, Rosenthal P. Boston scleral lens prosthetic device for treatment of severe dry eye in chronic graft-versus-host disease. Cornea. 2007 Dec;26(10):1195-9.

Gungor I, Schor K, Rosenthal P, Jacobs DS. The Boston Scleral lens in the treatment of pediatric patients. J AAPOS. 2008;12(3):263-267.

Grover S, Jacobs DS, Colby K. Boston Ocular Surface Prosthesis for persistent epitheliopathy after treatment of conjunctival melanoma. Cornea. 2010;29(4):459-461.

Stason W, Moaven R, Jacobs DS, Shepard DS, Suaya J, Johns L, Rosenthal P. Clinical benefits of the Boston Ocular Surface Prosthesis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010;149(1):54-61.

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  • Biology, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, AB
  • Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford, MSc
  • Harvard Medical School, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program


  • Cornea and External Diseases, Mass. Eye and Ear