Dr. Hamrah  Pedram

Dr. Hamrah Pedram

Director, Ocular Surface Imaging Center

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
Greater Boston Area, United States of America

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Dr. Hamrah is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology with Harvard Medical School and the Henry Allen Cornea Scholar. In addition to his position as full-time staff of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he is an assitant scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute/Mass Eye and Ear. He is a clinician-scientist with a particular interest in live imaging and its use to elucidate molecular and cellular mechanisms in corneal immunology, neuro-immunology, and inflammation. His research is focused on immune cell trafficking in immune and infections diseases of the cornea, including viral and microbial keratitis, refractive surgery complications, corneal transplant tolerance and rejection, as well as neurotrophic keratopathy.

Dr. Hamrah performed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Louisville, where he was elected chief resident during his last year. He has completed a fellowship in Ocular and Transplantation Immunology at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, as well as a two-year advanced clinical fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Hamrah's recent research was supported by the NIH K12 Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program through June 2010, followed by a K08 individual award and his appointment as the first Henry Allen Cornea Scholar in 2010. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles, and over 20 reviews and book chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Claes Dohlman Society Award for the outstanding Cornea Fellow in the country, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Excellence in Research Scholarship Award, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology/Research to Prevent Blindness Resident and Fellow Research Award.

Dr. Hamrah currently serves as the Cornea Section Editor of the journal Eye, Assistant Editor of the journal Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, serves on the editorial boards of the The Ocular Surface, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Open Journal of Ophthalmology, ISRN Inflammation, and the Medical Hypothesis, Discovery and Innovation Ophthalmology Journal, and is a peer reviewer for over 35 Ophthalmology, Immunology and Transplantation journals. He is an Instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and recently served as the Chair of the ARVO Members-in-Training Committee.


Academic positions:

Assistant Scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute

Henry Allen Cornea Scholar at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School

Research interests:

Corneal Imaging, Corneal Immunology, Corneal Transplanation, Infectious Keratitis, Herpetic Eye Disease, Ocular Surface Disease

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