Our Program by the Numbers

It is our philosophy that transparency is essential for prospective trainees to make the important decision to join our Harvard Ophthalmology community. Numbers do not define and cannot entirely reflect the character and strengths of a program. However, they are part of the essential data that prospective trainees consider in their decision-making, and as such we present some of the most “frequently asked numbers” below.

 

Harvard Ophthalmology Program Faculty 

Number of full-time faculty: 165 (excluding community-based providers)

  • Researchers: 54
  • Clinical: 111

Number of part-time faculty: 17

  • Researchers: 2
  • Clinical: 15

Number of clinical faculty in each specialty (full-time and part-time)

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology: 25
  • Cornea: 12
  • Glaucoma: 15
  • Medical Retina: 7
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology: 8
  • Oculoplastics: 5
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology: 23
  • Refractive Surgery: 4
  • Ocular Oncology: 3
  • Ocular Pathology: 3
  • Surgical Retina: 17
  • Uveitis: 4

Harvard Ophthalmology Surgical Experience*

  • Median number of cataract cases as primary surgeon: 184
  • Median number of globe trauma cases as primary surgeon: 13 
  • Median number of oculoplastics and orbit cases as primary surgeon: 115

*Based on 2019 graduating seniors

Harvard Ophthalmology Resident Clinical Experience* 

Overall Outpatient Ophthalmology Visits at Mass Eye & Ear    

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Cataract Consultation: 54,541 
  • Cornea: 23,237 
  • Glaucoma: 27,164
  • Immunology and Uveitis: 6,103 
  • Inherited Retinal Disorder: 1,355 
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology: 6,624
  • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 9,902 
  • Optometry: 12,336 
  • Retina: 49,343 
  • Trauma: 837 
  • Vision Rehabilitation: 1,204 
  • Total Outpatient Ophthalmology Visits: 192,646

*From January 2019 to December 2019

Emergency Department Visits at Mass Eye and Ear

  • Total Ophthalmology Visits: 17,794

Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures at Mass Eye & Ear

  • Total Ophthalmology Surgeries: 13,630*
  • Total Ophthalmology Laser Procedures: 3, 971*
  • Refractive Procedures: 680*
  • Total Intravitreal Injections: 19, 372
  • Total Ophthalmology Procedures: 37, 653

*Includes community-based physicians

Number of Fellows by Specialty

Mass Eye and Ear

  • Anterior Segment/ Refractive Fellowship: 1
  • ASOPRS Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Fellowship: 2
  • Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship: 4
  • Glaucoma Fellowship: 3
  • Inherited Retinal Degenerations Fellowship: 1
  • Medical Retina Fellowship : 1
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship: 4
  • Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Fellowship: 1
  • Ocular Oncology Fellowship: 1
  • Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship: 2
  • Vitreoretinal Fellowship: 3

Boston Children’s Hospital/Mass Eye and Ear

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship: 3

Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center

Medical Retina Fellowship: 3

 

Harvard Ophthalmology Resident Characteristics

  • Percentage of graduates who pursued fellowship: 97% * 
  • Most common fellowship choices *
    • Vitreoretinal: 16
    • Oculoplastics: 7
    • Glaucoma: 5
    • Cornea: 4
    • Uveitis: 2
    • Anterior Segment: 1
    • Neuro- Ophthalmology: 1
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology:  1
    • Telemedicine:  1
  • Number of written board passage on first attempt: 54 out of 55 *
  • Average number publications during residency: 5 *
  • Average number of conference presentations during residency: 6 

Does the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Training Program Have: 

  • A continuity clinic: YES
  • A VA hospital rotation: YES
  • An international affiliate: YES
  • A surgical training Lab: YES
  • An EyeSi surgical simulator: YES
  • Protected time for AAO/ARVO/other conferences: YES