Harold A. Stein, MD Lecture

COVID-19 and the Eye: Alternative Facts


James Chodosh, MD, MPH, will present the Harold A. Stein, MD Lecture on Friday, November 12, at 3:00 pm. Dr. Chodosh is the Edith Ives Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and is a clinician scientist known internationally and respected for his work on molecular virology, viral genomics and viral pathogenesis.

Dr. Chodosh will explore in his presentation the ophthalmic sequelae of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). At the time of this writing, COVID-19 has resulted in the loss of over 4 million lives. The most common site of infection is the respiratory tract, but the ophthalmic literature has been replete with reports of ophthalmic sequelae. In this talk, Dr. Chodosh will critically examine the basic virology of COVID-19, means of infection, manifestations of disease, public health considerations, including general preventions and vaccines, and available evidence for infection of the ocular surface and transmission of virus through ocular secretions.


Dr. Chodosh serves as Vice Chair of Education for Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, as well as the Associate Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service and the Associate Chief for Ophthalmic Education at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service and his clinical interests include ocular infections, chemical burns, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and keratoprosthesis surgery.

Dr. Chodosh and his team are leaders in ocular adenoviral pathogenesis and have made great contributions to the prevention and treatment of vision loss due to corneal infection, inflammation and scarring. His group generated the first whole genome sequence for the adenoviruses that cause epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC), created the first mouse model of adenovirus keratitis and pioneered the cornea as a model system in which to study the role of tissue fibroblasts in innate immune responses to infection. Dr. Chodosh has also dedicated himself to the worldwide promotion of the Boston Keratoprosthesis (KPro), a unique corneal substitute developed by Dr. Claes H. Dohlman and has performed artificial cornea implantation surgery worldwide. He recently achieved FDA approval for the Lucia keratoprosthesis, a lower-cost device to treat corneal blindness, including in economically deprived nations.

Dr. Chodosh earned his medical degree and completed his residency at the Baylor College of Medicine followed by a fellowship in Corneal and External Diseases and Surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and a postdoctoral research fellowship in Molecular Virology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is a member of the PhD Program in Virology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chodosh is a committed teacher and mentor, and has trained postdoctoral fellows, predoctoral fellows and residents in research. He has authored over 350 articles and book chapters and is a four-time award recipient from Research to Prevent Blindness.

Join us to learn about the challenges of COVID-19 and its impact on the world of ophthalmology. We will learn firsthand how our world has changed and its effect on clinicians and our future patient protocols.
Credits: 1.00 A IJCAHPO

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