Cris Martin P. Jacoba, MD

To Provide competent, Ethical, patient-centered care you can trust for all your eye care needs

“I serve as a clinician-scientist, leader, and educator, with my work focused on preserving vision in patients with diabetes. In my clinic, my goal is to have a patient-doctor relationship built on trust, empathy, and understanding, so that all your patient concerns are addressed. Guided by a meticulous physical exam, I create individualized treatment plans that maximize your vision and quality of life, guided by the latest scientific advancements. I always prioritize my patient’s well-being and satisfaction, will genuinely listen to your concerns with an open mind, and will talk to you about our next steps in simple language. I look forward to meeting you and earning your trust as your ophthalmologist at Longwood Eye and Lasik.”

Cris Jacoba photo 2023

Diabetic Eye Disease, Medical Retina, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Fellowship Training:
Joslin Diabetes Center/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Department of Ophthalmology, Boston, MA – Medical Retina (Chief Fellow)

Hamilton Glaucoma Center, University of California San Diego, CA – Glaucoma research

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Society of Retina Specialists

European Society of Retina Specialists

Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (Executive Committee)

New England Ophthalmological Society

National Medical Association 

Academic Affiliation:

Lecturer in Ophthalmology - Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Selected Honors, Grants and Achievements
21’-23’ Three-Time AAO Advocacy Ambassador sponsored by the American Society of Retina Specialists (2021) and the EyeWiki AAO Committee (2022-2023). Representative to US Congressional Advocacy Day.

2023 ARVO Advocacy Day Representative, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (Feb 28, 2023)

2022 Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Research Award (Second Place, Resident/Fellow Paper Presentation), National Medical Association/National Eye Institute  

2022 NEOS-Hecht Top Poster Award (First Place), New England Ophthalmological Society Poster Contest

2022 Harvard Top Poster Award (Second Place, Clinical Category), Harvard Ophthalmology Trainee Poster Contest

2022 AAO Leadership Development Program Graduate, LEAP (Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Practice Management) Program 2022

2022    National Institute of Health Education Scholarship, National Medical Association Annual Meeting

2022 ARVO Science Communication Training Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

2021    ASRS Top Poster Award, American Society of Retina Specialists Annual Meeting   

21’-22’ Two-Time Winner, EyeWiki U.S. Residents & Fellows Best Article Contest, American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeWiki 

2021  ARVO-National Eye Institute Travel Grant, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

2021    2nd Place, Grand Rounds Case Presentation Contest, American Society of Retina Specialists (Sept 21, 2021)

Selected Ophthalmology Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications: 

  1. Jacoba, CM., Salongcay, R., Aquino, LA., Salva, CM., Saunar, AV., Alog, GP., Peto, T., Silva, PS. Comparisons of Handheld Retinal Imaging Devices with Ultrawide Field Images for Determining Diabetic Retinopathy Severity. Acta Ophthalmologica. 2023. pp. 1-9. 
  2. Aiello, L.P., Jacoba, CM., Sun, JK., Silva, PS. Integrating Macular Optical Coherence Tomography with Ultrawide Field Imaging in a Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Program Using a Single Device. RETINA. 2023 Jul 4. 
  3. Jacoba, CM., Doan, D., Salongcay, R., Aquino, L., Silva, J., Salva, C., Zhang, D., Alog, G., Zhang, K., Locaylocay, K., Saunar, A., Ashraf, M., Sun, JK., Peto, T., Aiello, LP., Silva, PS. Performance of Automated Machine Learning for Diabetic Retinopathy Image Classification from Multi-field Handheld Retinal Images. Ophthalmology Retina. 2023. 
  4. Jacoba, CM., Rageh, A., Salongcay, R., Aquino, LA., Salva, CM., Sun, JK., Peto, T., Aiello, LP., Silva, PS. Comparisons of Handheld Retinal Imaging Devices with Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SDOCT) in the Identification of Macular Pathology. Ophthalmic Research. 2023 Apr 20. 
  5. Jacoba, CM., Cavallerano, JD., Tolls, A., Silva, PS. Accessible Nonmydriatic Retinal Imaging Increases Diabetes Surveillance Rates. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2023.
  6. Jacoba, CM., Celi, LA., Lorch, AC., Fickweiler, W., Sobrin, L., Gichoya, JW., Aiello LP., Silva, PS. "Bias and Non-Diversity of Big Data in Artificial Intelligence: Focus on Retinal Diseases. “Massachusetts Eye and Ear Special Issue”." In Seminars in Ophthalmology, pp. 1-9. Taylor & Francis, 2023. 
  7. Fickweiler, W., Mitzner, M., Jacoba, CMP., and Sun, JK. "Circulatory Biomarkers and Diabetic Retinopathy in Racial and Ethnic Populations." In Seminars in Ophthalmology, pp. 1-11. Taylor & Francis, 2023. 
  8. Salongcay, RP., Jacoba, CM., Rageh, A., Aquino, LA., Salva, C., Saunar, AV., Alog, GP., Peto, T., Sun, JK., Aiello, LP., Silva, PS. One-field, Two-field and Five-field Handheld Retinal Imaging Compared with Standard Seven-field Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study Photography for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. British Journal of Ophthalmology. 
  9. Jacoba, CM., Ashraf, M., Cavallerano, J., Tolston, A., Tolls, D., Pelligrini, E., Fleming, A., Sun, J., Aiello, LP., Silva, P. Association of Maximizing Visible Retinal Area by Manual Eyelid Lifting with Grading of Diabetic Retinopathy Severity and Detection of Predominantly Peripheral Lesions when using Ultrawide Field Imaging. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2022.   
  10. Jacoba, CM., Celi, LA., Silva, PS. Biomarkers for Progression in Diabetic Retinopathy: Expanding Personalized Medicine Through Integration of AI with Electronic Health Records. Seminars in Ophthalmology 2021. Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 250-257. Taylor & Francis.
  11. Kamalipour, A., Moghimi, S., Jacoba, CM., Yarmohammadi, A., Yeh, K., Proudfoot, J., Hou, H., Nishida, T., David, R., Rezapour, J., El-Nimri, N., Weinreb, RN. Measurements of OCTA Complement OCT for Diagnosing Early Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. Ophthalmology Glaucoma. 2022;5(3):262-274.
  12. Jacoba, CM., Sy, EA., Jacoba, IM. Comparison of Intraocular Lens Calculation Formulas for Phacoemulsification after Corneal Refractive Surgery in Asian Eyes. Philippine Journal of Ophthalmology. 2020. 45(2):1-7. Website:

Ophthalmology Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter

  1. Jacoba, CM., Kim, I., Roh, M. Chapter 6.24 - Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Yanoff and Duker Ophthalmology 6th Edition. 2022. Elsevier Health Sciences.


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