Elena Z. Biffi, OD, MS, FAAO

  • Associate Professor of Optometry
  • Attending Optometrist, South Boston Community Health Center Eye Clinic


Residency, Ocular Disease, SUNY State College of Optometry
MSc, Visual Sciences, New England College of Optometry
OD, New England College of Optometry

Areas of Expertise

Professional Honors & Awards

2021 Preceptor of the Year Award, NECO
2021 Lester Janoff Award
2020 AOA Investigator Initiated Research Award
2019 Preceptor of the Year Award, NECO
2019 “Most Influential Women in Optical 2019”, “Innovators” category, Vision Monday
2014 Preceptor of the Year Award, NECO
Fellow, American Academy of Optometry

Practice Locations

South Boston Community Health Center Eye Clinic

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association
Massachusetts Society of Optometry

Research Interests

Advanced Procedures and Multimodal Imaging Technologies in Diagnosis of Ocular Diseases

Publications & Presentations

  1. Biffi E, Turple Z, Chung J, Biffi A. Retinal biomarkers of Cerebral Small Vessel Disease: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2022 Apr 14;17(4)
  2. Biffi E, Woodbury M. Interactive Multimedia Learning vs. Traditional Learning in Optometry: a Randomized Trial, B-scan Example. J Optom Ed. 2019;44(3):1-7
  3. Expert commentary on Handbook of Pediatric Retinal OCT and the Eye-Brain Connection, Vision Development and Rehabilitation.2019;5(3):208-209
  4. Expert commentary: published in Eye Care (/explore/channel/eye-care/sp5) Nov 20, 2019; Peng Young Sim, et.al. Enhanced Depth Imaging OCT of Optic Nerve Head Drusen in Children. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2019;00:1-6
  5. Biffi E. Effectiveness of mobile digital learning in Optometric education: OCTaVIA iOS App example. 2019; American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, FL
  6. Biffi E. Innovation in Education – OCTaVIA – OCT VIsual Atlas iOS App. 2019; AOA Optometry’s Meeting, St. Louis, MO

Masters Students

Zach Turple, Class of 2024