Pedram Hamrah, M.D.

Dr. Hamrah is available for appointments in Boston and Wellesley.


Dr. Pedram Hamrah is a clinician/scientist who has focused his research activities on antigen-presenting cells. Dr. Hamrah trained in Ocular and Transplantation Immunology at Schepens Eye Research Institute at Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. There, he participated in research studies that resulted in findings that refuted a previous long-standing belief that the cornea is immune privileged due to the absence of bone marrow-derived cells and due to antigenic sequestration and subsequently resulted in a paradigm shift in corneal immunology.

Dr. Hamrah’s research has been supported by the NIH K12 Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program, a K08 individual award, an individual R01 from the National Eye Institute, a Career Development grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, and his appointment as the inaugural Henry Allen Cornea Scholar.

He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, over 30 reviews, and book chapters, and has given more than 60 lectures and presentations worldwide. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Claes Dohlman Society Award, 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, the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was most recently awarded Silver Fellow at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Hamrah currently serves as the Section Editor for Clinical Science and Clinical Practice of the journal The Ocular Surface, Cornea Section Editor of the journal Eye, Assistant Editor of the journal Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, and Ophthalmology Associate Editor for BMC Ophthalmology. He serves on numerous additional editorial boards and is a peer reviewer for over 45 ophthalmology, immunology, and transplantation journals. He is an Instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and recently served as Chair of the ARVO Members-in-Training Committee.

Clinical Interests

Corneal and external diseases, corneal transplantation, infectious keratitis, herpetic eye diseases, corneal imaging, corneal pain, dry eye syndrome

Research Interests

Corneal and transplantation immunology, corneal imaging, inflammatory corneal disorders, pain

Dr. Hamrah is fluent in German and Farsi.


Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Corneal and Transplantation Immunology, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Ocular Immunology, University of Louisville, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Louisville

Residency and Chief Residency

University of Louisville, Louisville

Medical School

University of Cologne, School of Medicine, Cologne, Germany

Academic Appointment

Professor of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Contact Information

Dr. Hamrah’s Office:
Boston: 617-636-5720
Wellesley: 781-237-6770

Fax: Boston: 617-636-4866
Wellesley: 781-237-4727

Patient Appointments: Boston: 617-636-4600
Wellesley: 781-237-6770

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