Kathryn M. Hatch, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Refractive Surgery Service
Director of Health Care Contracting and Payor Policies
Site Director, Mass. Eye and Ear, Waltham
Clinical Associate, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service

Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Hatch's main focus of research is in ectatic conditions of the cornea including keratoconus (KCN) and post LASIK ectasia. She was an investigator in a Phase IV clinical trial involving collagen crosslinking (CXL) for 5 years prior to its’ FDA approval in 2016. She was the first doctor to perform CXL at Mass Eye and Ear and is one of the busiest crosslinking specialists in the US. She is currently involved in a study investigating biomarkers for KCN, which could allow for early subclinical detection of the condition. 

Dr. Hatch also has expertise in advanced techniques in cataract surgery, including femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery and intraoperative aberrometry, refractive surgery (laser vision correction), and cutting-edge techniques in corneal transplantation. She was the first person in New England to perform intralase enabled deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (IE-DALK) and is doing the most advanced techniques in endothelial keratoplasty, including DMEK (descemets membrane endothelial keratopasty).

Selected Publications

For a full publication list, please see her CV.

Moreira, H, Hatch KM, Greenberg, P. Benchmarking outcomes in resident-performed cataract surgery with toric intraocular lenses. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2013;41(6): 624-6.

Talamo JH, Hatch KM, Woodcock EC. Delayed epithelial closure after PRK associated with topical besifloxacin use. Cornea. 2013;32(10) 1365-8.

Hatch KM and Talamo JH. Laser-assisted cataract surgery: benefits and barriers. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan;25(1):54-61.

Hatch KH, Schultz T, Talamo JH, Dick HB. Femtosecond laser-assisted compared to standard cataract surgery for removal of advanced cataracts. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2015;41(9):1833-8

Hatch KH, Woodcock, EC, and Talamo JH. Toric IOL selection and positioning with and without intraoperative aberrometry. J Refract Surg. 2015;31(4):237-42.

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2003: MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

Ophthalmology Resident, New York University/Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

Cornea/Refractive Surgery Fellow, Massachusetts Eye and Ear


2005: First Prize Honors (Best Scientific Poster), Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc.

2012: Teaching Award, Brown Ophthalmology Residency