SAMIR MELKI, MD, PHD
Samir Melki MD PhD completed a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, (Harvard Medical School) in 2000. His previous education included an MD PhD from Vanderbilt University and an Ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University.
Dr. Melki founded the Boston Eye Group in 2000 and has pursued an academically-oriented practice since. He joined the Cornea service at Mass Eye and Ear (MEEI) in 2007 as a part-time faculty. Dr. Melki was the Medical Director for Ophthalmology at the UK Specialist Hospitals from 2005 till 2013 where he established and managed quality controls for about 20,000 cataract procedures.
Dr. Melki actively participates in the fellowship program at MEEI. His other teaching activities include a fellowship program at the Boston Eye Group and a collaboration with Boston University to tutor students undergoing a Masters in Health Sciences. His clinical practice is oriented towards refractive surgery as well as cataract and corneal surgery. He has performed more than 15,000 refractive procedures since 1998. His academic activities have led to several accomplishments. These include the publication of many peer-reviewed articles, 4 textbooks as well as regular participation in various courses at US and international meetings.
Dr. Melki designed several surgical instruments, was the first surgeon to implant a phakic IOL in Boston and was the first person to implant a device during cataract surgery to wirelessly measure intraocular pressure in a patient with glaucoma. He is a certified surgical proctor by STAAR and teaches other surgeons to perform the EVO ICL procedure. He has been key to introducing Keratoprosthesis surgery to Lebanon and South West England. Dr. Melki’s most recent research endeavors include his participation in a clinical trial to measure the effect of corneal collagen crosslinking on keratoconus patients.
JASON BRENNER, MD
Jason Brenner MD received his medical school education at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served as Chief Resident. He then completed his Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship here at Boston Eye Group. Prior to his career in ophthalmology, he obtained a B.S. in biology with a minor in medical ethics from Lafayette College, where he was also a full time collegiate athlete (rowing).
Dr. Brenner is board certified in ophthalmology and specializes in cornea, refractive and anterior segment surgery. His surgical interests include LASIK, EVO ICL, regular and complex cataract surgery, including the use of the femtosecond laser, sutured intraocular lenses, and anterior segment reconstruction.
As a cornea specialist, Dr. Brenner also performs corneal transplants including less invasive partial thickness procedures such as DALK and DSEK. He has also been performing corneal cross-linking for keratoconus since it was FDA approved.
Dr. Brenner also practices comprehensive ophthalmology including non-surgical glaucoma, dry eye, diabetes and other routine ocular health conditions.
He enjoys teaching residents and fellows, which first began during his year as Chief Resident at Temple. He now routinely works with cornea fellows from Boston Eye Group and Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Brenner has an appointment in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School as a lecturer, part-time. He is also a staff surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Refractive Surgery including LASIK, LASEK, EVO ICL and PRK
- Cataract Surgery
- Sutured Intraocular Lenses
- Corneal Transplants
- Corneal Cross-linking
- Comprehensive Ophthalmology
- Ocular Surface Disease (Dry Eye)
- Laser Floater Removal
- Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
- Beth Israel Deaconess
- Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham
- Winchester Hospital
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- International Society of Refractive Surgeons
- New England Ophthalmology Society