Director, Macular Degeneration Unit

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Retina ServiceBoston, MA


As a member of Mass. Eye and Ear’s Retina Service and Director of the Macular Degeneration Unit, Dr. Ivana Kim specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with vitreoretinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and uveal melanoma. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Kim is Co-Director of the HMS Department of Ophthalmology Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Center of Excellence—a multidisciplinary collaboration among clinicians and scientists who are pooling their knowledge and resources with the goal of advancing breakthroughs in treatment for patients with AMD.

Dr. Kim received her medical training at Harvard Medical School. She deepened her knowledge of the eye as a resident in the HMS Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, and subsequently, as a retina fellow at Mass. Eye and Ear.

As a clinician scientist, Dr. Kim investigates genetic risk factors associated with AMD as a means to understand the mechanisms that cause the disease and further refine and advance therapies. In addition, she works to improve visual outcomes in patients with ocular melanoma—investigating strategies to reduce radiation complications—and hopes to help improve survival in these patients by studying frequently occurring mutations in this tumor type.

Her teaching activities involve the medical and surgical training of retina fellows as well as ophthalmology residents. She also mentors medical students and research fellows in the laboratory setting. She is frequently invited to participate in regional and national continuing education courses, such as the annual Macula course, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Retina Subspecialty Day.

Clinical Interests

Diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, uveal melanoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment

Research Interests

Age-related macular degeneration, molecular genetics of uveal melanoma