About Scott Greenstein, MD

Dr. Scott H. Greenstein earned his bachelor of arts degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected president of the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society. He received his medical degree with honors from Cornell University Medical College, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in Ophthalmology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and was on the Cornell Medical faculty until 1987 when he moved to Connecticut to join a multi-specialty ophthalmology group practice. He served as director of medical education of the Connecticut Eye Research Foundation from 1993 to 2001 and as ophthalmology section chief at Waterbury Hospital and Griffin Hospital prior to joining the full-time staff of Mass. Eye and Ear in 2007.

As a member of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Cataract Consultation Service, Dr. Greenstein specializes in complex and routine cataract surgery. He evaluates and treats patients with multi-specialty ophthalmic problems and diagnostic dilemmas.

A clinical innovator, Dr. Greenstein designed a surgical instrument to improve the accuracy of toric intraocular lens implantation. He has written articles related to his surgical innovations, descriptions of unusual clinical entities, and why patients seek second opinions. Among his many professional affiliations, he is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.

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Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-523-7900

Medical Education

  • MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Residency, New York Hospital (Cornell Univ)

American Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Greenstein specializes in cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology and has a particular interest in providing second opinions. He teaches cataract surgery techniques to Harvard Medical School Ophthalmology residents at Mass. Eye and Ear and to residents from around the country at the annual Harvard Intensive Cataract Surgery Training Course. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He collaborates in clinical research with the glaucoma and cornea services at Mass Eye and Ear.


  • 1. Moustafa GA, Borkar DS, Borboli-Gerogiannis S, Greenstein SH, Lorch AC, Vasan RA, Kloek CE. Optimization of cataract surgery follow-up: A standard set of questions can predict unexpected management changes at postoperative week one. PLoS One. 2019; 14(9):e0221243.

    2. Nascimento E Silva R, Chiou CA, Wang M, Wang H, Shoji MK, Chou JC, D'Souza EE, Greenstein SH, Brauner SC, Alves MR, Pasquale LR, Shen LQ. Microvasculature of the Optic Nerve Head and Peripapillary Region in Patients With Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2019 Apr; 28(4):281-288. 

    3. Borboli-Gerogiannis S, Jeng-Miller KW, Koulisis N, Moustafa GA, Chang KK, Chen SH, Gardiner MF, Greenstein SH, Luo Z, Chen TC, Loewenstein JI, Miller JW, Haviland MJ, Kloek CE. A Comprehensive Surgical Curriculum Reduced Intra-operative Complication Rates of Resident-performed Cataract Surgeries. J Surg Educ. 2019 Jan - Feb; 76(1):150-157.

    4. Cousins CC, Chou JC, Greenstein SH, Brauner SC, Shen LQ, Turalba AV, Houlihan P, Ritch R, Wiggs JL, Knepper PA, Pasquale LR. Resting nailfold capillary blood flow in primary open-angle glaucoma. Br J Ophthalmol. 2019 02; 103(2):203-207.

    5. Taniguchi EV, Paschalis EI, Li D, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Brauner SC, Greenstein SH, Turalba AV, Wiggs JL, Pasquale LR, Shen LQ. Thin minimal rim width at Bruch's membrane opening is associated with glaucomatous paracentral visual field loss. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017; 11:2157-2167.

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