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Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Faculty

Faculty Overview

Giacomina Massaro-Giordano, MD

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Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Co-Director, Penn Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Center, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Ophthalmology

Contact information
Scheie Eye Institute
51 North 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
B.A. (Biology)
Hofstra University , 1987.
(Microbiology and Immunology)
Graduate Studies N.Y. Medical College , 1990.
(Medical School)
New York Medical College , 1992.
Temple University, 1994.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Medicine, Albert Einstein, Philadelphia, 1994-1995.
Resident in Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, 1995-1998.
Refractive Surgery Part Time Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute/TLC Garden City, NY, 1998-1999.
American Board of Ophthalmology, 1999.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Massaro-Giordano participates in research to elucidate the role of a specific protein PAI-2 (Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor Type 2) involved in corneal homeostasis and has had a recent press release about her research involving ocular surface proteins and tumor suppressor genes.

Key words
Cataracts, Dry Eye, Blepharitis, Ocular Surface Disease, Conjunctivitis, Computer Vision Syndrome

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Massaro-Giordano is a board certified ophthalmologist and a member of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service at Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree at Temple University after which she completed a one-year internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Massaro attended Scheie Eye Institute for her residency training and was appointed chief resident in her final year. She went on to complete a mini-fellowship in refractive surgery.

Dr. Massaro-Giordano is an experienced cataract micro-surgeon and is actively involved in teaching surgery to the residents at Penn. She sees a myriad of patients and has a specific interest in treating patients with dry eye including the use of autologous serum eye drops.

Selected Publications

Tosi GM, Trimarchi C, Macaluso M, La Sala D, Ciccodicola A, Lazzi S, Massaro-Giordano M, Caporossi A, Giordano A, Cinti C: Genetic and epigenetic alterations of RB2/p130 tumor suppressor gene in human sporadic retinoblastoma: implications for pathogenesis and therapeutic approach. Oncogene June 2005.

Massaro-Giordano M, Marshall CM, Lavker RM, Jensen PJ, Risse Marsh BC: Plasminogen activator inhibitor type 2 (PAI-2) is present in normal human conjunctiva. J Cell Physiol. 205: 295-301, May 2005.

Tosi GM, Massaro-Giordano M, Caprossi A, Toti P: Amniotic membrane transplantation in ocular surface disorders. J Cell Physiol. 3(202): 849-51, March 2005.

Tosi GM, Traversi C, Schuerfeld K, Mittica V, Massaro-Giordano M, Tilanus MA, Caporossi A, Toti P: Amniotic membrane graft: histopathological findings in five cases. J Cell Physiol. 3(202): 852-7, March 2005.

Massaro M, Montanari, M, Marshall CM, Gambone A, Cinti C, Tosi G, Giordano A, Macaluso M: pRAb2/p130 and PAI-2 Interaction in the Cytoplasm and Nucleus of Normal Human Corneal and Conjunctival Cells. ARVO May 2005.

Massaro-Giordano M: Technology Puts Patients Back into Contacts. Ophthalmology Times March 2005.

Massaro-Giordano M: The Aging Eye. Tutto Benessere Television Program on RAI April 2005.

Massaro-Giordano M: PAI-2 in Normal Human Conjunctiva, On Line. October 2005.

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Last updated: 06/01/2017
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