Dr. Sobrin is a retina and uveitis physician and scientist in the Ophthalmology Department. Her clinical interests include immunology, uveitis, and diabetic retinopathy.



Clinical Interests
  • Retina
  • Uveitis and immunology
  • Diabetic retinopathy
Medical Education
  • MPH, Harvard University
  • MD, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Residency, Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute
Board Certifications
  • Ophthalmology
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Senior Whole Health
  • Tufts Health Plan

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Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


Dr. Lucia Sobrin is a full-time clinician scientist with Mass. Eye and Ear's Retina and Uveitis Services. She has unique expertise diagnosing and treating rare and complicated eye disorders that affect the middle (uvea) and back (retina) portions of the eye. She has a specific clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune retinopathy and cancer-associated retinopathy.  She also serves as Director of the Morse Laser Center.

After obtaining her medical degree from the University Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Sobrin completed her ophthalmology residency training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She then completed a medical and surgical retina fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear followed by a uveitis and ocular immunology fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute. In 2006, she became one of the Department's first Harvard Vision Clinical Scientist Research Program (K12) recipients and later received her Master of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Sobrin has a clinical focus on retinal diseases and posterior uveitis and a research focus on identifying genes associated with polygenic ophthalmic diseases, particularly diabetic retinopathy..She led a candidate gene association study of diabetic retinopathy within the Candidate gene Association Resource (CARe), which included patients from several large population-based cohorts as well as an admixture genetic association study for diabetic retinopathy in African Americans. Currently, she is the principal investigator a multi-ethnic genome-wide association study of diabetic retinopathy.  She is also has an interest in ocular disease pharmacogenetics and is chair of the Genetics Committee for the DRCR.net.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Davoudi S, Papavasileiou E, Roohipoor R, Cho H, Kudrimoti S, Hancock H, Hoadley S, Husain D, Andreoli C, James M, Penman A, Chen CJ, Sobrin L. Optical coherence tomography characteristics of macular edema and hard exudates and their association with lipid serum levels in type 2 diabetes. RETINA 2016; In Press.

Penman A, Hoadley S, Wilson JG, Taylor HA, Chen CJ, Sobrin LP-selectin plasma levels and genetic variant associated with diabetic retinopathy in African Americans. Am J Ophthalmol 2015; 159: 1152-60.

Tecilazich F, Feke GT, Mazzantini S, Sobrin L, Lorenzi M.  Defective myogenic response of retinal vessels is associated with accelerated onset of retinopathy in type 1 diabetic individuals. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2016; 57: 1523-9.


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