Dr. Elena Zaharova Biffi is currently an Assistant Professor of Optometry at New England College of Optometry (NECO) and an Attending Optometrist at NECO Center for Eye Care/South Boston Community Health Center Eye Clinic. Dr. Biffi is the instructor of record for Clinical Ocular Imaging Topics and Advanced Diagnostic Techniques, the courses offered in the third year of Optometry education at NECO.
Born in N. Novgorod, Russia, Dr. Biffi received her Bachelor in Science from University of Massachusetts summa cum laude, and earned her Doctor of Optometry and Master in Visual Sciences degrees from the New England College of Optometry in 2010. Shortly after completing her advanced residency training in Ocular Disease at State University of New York College of Optometry, she joined NECO as an Assistant Clinical Professor.
As a student, Elena Biffi studied dispensing optics at Aalen University in Germany and volunteered for a unique opportunity to provide care for indigent patients in El Salvador. Dr Biffi is the recipient of numerous educational awards, including the Vistakon Student Travel Fellowship award in 2009 and Dr. Foster Namias Scholarship in 2008.
As a doctor of optometry, she is an invited lecturer at the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, Rhode Island Society of Optometrists, American Academy of Optometry, NECO and SUNY State College of Optometry. Dr Biffi’s research work has generated multiple posters, oral presentations at national and international meetings, as well as peer-reviewed original articles. Dr Biffi is the recipient of numerous educational awards, including the Preceptor of the Year award in 2014, ASCO grant in 2015 for innovative teaching and AOF/J&J Innovation in Educations grant in 2016.
Dr. Biffi is a Fellow of American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and a member of the American Academy of Optometry, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and American Optometric Association. Her professional interests include diagnosis and management of ocular diseases and the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to aid in the differential diagnosis of various ocular abnormalities. Dr. Biffi’s time outside of work is mostly spent with her loving family studying the world through the eyes of her two energetic children Victoria and Edward.