Emma C. Davies, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Davies’ work has resulted in the publication of 11 original articles, all published since 2016. Dr. Davies performs research in three main clinical areas: corneal infections, complex cataract surgery, and the innovative treatment of corneal edema. She is currently investigating whether topical rho kinase inhibitors can be used to promote endothelial cell proliferation and migration after Descemet’s membrane stripping for hastened corneal clearance after DWEK. As she has previously published in Cornea, DWEK can be successfully used to treat Fuchs corneal dystrophy but corneal clearance takes on average about 3 months after the procedure. She hopes that her continued work may speed recovery and expand potential patient candidates for this innovative procedure to recovery vision and improve visual functioning.  

Selected Publications

For a full publication list, please see her CV.

Research Investigations
  1. Davies E, Galetta K, Sackel D, Talman L, Frohman E, Calabresi P, Galetta S, and Balcer L. Retinal ganglion cell layer volumetric assessment by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography in multiple sclerosis: application of a high-precision manual estimation technique. Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology 2011;31(3):260-265. 
  2. Davies E, Henderson S, Balcer L, and Galetta S. Residency training: The King-Devick test and sleep deprivation: Study in pre- and post- call neurology residents. Neurology 2012;78(17):e103-e106.
  3. Davies E, Pavan-Langston D, and Chodosh J. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus: declining age at presentation. British Journal of Ophthalmology 2016;100(3):312-314.
  4. Davies E and Pineda R. Intraocular lens exchange surgery at a tertiary referral center: Indications, complications, and visual outcomes. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery 2016;42(9):1262-1267.
  5. Davies E and Pineda R. Cataract surgery outcomes and complications in retinal dystrophy patients. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology 2017; 52(6): 543-547.   
  6. Davies E, Jurkunas U, and Pineda R. Predictive factors for corneal clearance after Descemetorhexis without endothelial keratoplasty. Cornea 2018; 37(2): 137-140. 

Other peer-reviewed scholarship
  1. Davies E and Colby K. Controversies in corneal collagen cross-linking. International Ophthalmology Clinics 2015;55(4):1-11.
  2. Davies E, Jakobiec F, Stagner A, and Iwamoto M. A rapidly enlarging recurrent eyebrow pilomatrixoma in a nonagenarian. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2016;32(6):e157-e160.
  3. Davies E, Jakobiec F, Stagner A, and Rizzo J. An atypical case of lymphocytic panhypophysitis in a pregnant woman. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology 2016;36(3):313-316.
  4. Davies E and Chodosh J. Infections after keratoprosthesis. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology 2016;27(4):373-377.
  5. Davies E, Daly M, and Siracuse-Lee D. A rare case of Phialemonium obovatum keratitis. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports 2017;5:81-84.
  6. Davies E and Pineda R. Complications of scleral-fixated intraocular lenses. Seminars in Ophthalmology 2017; 1-6.    
  7. Davies E, Saeed H, and Pineda R. Technique to reduce failure with corneal stromal tattoo in patients with symptomatic laser peripheral iridotomy. Eye Reports 2018;4(1): 17-19.  
  8. Davies E and Veldman P. Case report of primary Descemet stripping for focal corneal edema. Manuscript pending acceptance to journal.
  9. Davies E and Pineda R. Corneal tomography changes and refractive outcomes after Descemet’s stripping without endothelial keratoplasty. Manuscript pending acceptance to journal.

Reviews, chapters, monographs and editorials
  1. Davies E, Chodosh J, and Pavan-Langston D. 2016. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus. In: Williamson D, Watson, P, Gershon A, et al. (Eds). The varicella zoster virus: Herpes zoster, postherpetic neuralgia, and persistent disease activity: A focus on treatment and prevention. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY.
  2. Davies E and Yonekawa Y. 2018. Dehiscence of Penetrating Keratoplasty from Blunt Trauma. In: Grob and Kloek (Eds). Management of Open Globe Injuries. Springer, New York, NY. 

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2008: Duke University, BS, Biology, concentration in Marine Biology

2012: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD

Postgraduate Training

2016: Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

2017: Fellowship, Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and External Disease, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Academic Appointments

2017-present: Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

2007-present: Phi Beta Kappa, Member

2010-present: Pennsylvania Medical Society-West Chester Division, Member

2012-present: American Academy of Ophthalmology, Member

2013-present: Massachusetts Medical Society, Member          

2013-present: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Member

2014-2015: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Member                                                                                                


2007: Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University

2007: Maggie Schneider Award for Excellence in Marine Biology, Duke University

2008: Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

2012: University of Pennsylvania Ophthalmology Excellence Award

2016: Best Resident Research Award in Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear