Kathryn Colby

Professor and Chair
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Kathryn Colby is an internationally renowned ophthalmologist with expertise in managing complex medical and surgical diseases of the cornea and ocular surface. She has a particular interest in Fuchs’ dystrophy, the most common cause for corneal transplantation in the United States, and is currently pioneering novel treatments for this condition. In addition, she has specific expertise in the management of ocular surface tumors, including conjunctival melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Her research findings have enhanced outcomes for patients who require keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea) surgery. She has an ongoing interest in corneal infections and has published extensively in this area. She was instrumental in determining the optimal surgical techniques for placement of the implantable miniature telescope, a vision-rehabilitative device for patients with macular degeneration.

Colby earned an MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a PhD in neurobiology from Brown University. She completed her residency, as well as a fellowship, at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Previously, she served as an associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, surgeon and president of the medical and eye care staffs at MEEI, and director of the Pediatric Cornea Service at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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