Michael Taravella, MD
Professor, Ophthalmology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (1981)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Colorado School of Mines (CO) (1977)
Internship:
  • Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Program (1982)
Residency:
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals Program, Ophthalmology (1985)
Languages: English
Department: Ophthalmology

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Ophthalmology
  • Director, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship

Recognition & Awards

  • Americas Best Doctors Database, Consumers' Research Council (2011)
    2010, 2011
  • Full-time Faculty Teacher of the Year, CU Ophthalmology Department (2010)
    2009, 2010
  • Top Docs Listing, 5280 Magazine (2009)
    2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
  • America’s Top Ophthalmologists, Castle Connolly (2006)
    2006, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers & Educators , Who’s Who (2006)
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2005)
  • Distinguished Alumni Medal, Colorado School of Mines (2003)

Teaching

  • Professor (1989)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology
    Ophthalmology. Teach Basic Science Course, Pharmacology Course for Med Students.
  • Professor (2008)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology
    Cornea and Refractive Surgery
  • Associate Professor (1996)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology
  • Assistant Professor (1989)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology

Publications

  • Kahook MY, Cionni RJ, Taravella MJ, Ang RE, Waite AN, Solomon JD, Uy HS. Continuous Curvilinear Capsulorhexis Performed With the VERUS Ophthalmic Caliper. J Refract Surg. 2016 Oct 1;32(10):654-658. PubMed PMID: 27722751
  • Bonnell LN, SooHoo JR, Seibold LK, Lynch AM, Wagner BD, Davidson RS, Taravella MJ. One-day postoperative intraocular pressure spikes after phacoemulsification cataract surgery in patients taking tamsulosin. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Dec;42(12):1753-1758. PubMed PMID: 28007106
  • Taravella MJ, Davidson R. Reply. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Nov;42(11):1693-1694. PubMed PMID: 27956308
  • Taravella MJ, Davidson R, Erlanger M, Guiton G, Gregory D. Time and cost of teaching cataract surgery. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014 Feb;40(2):212-6. PubMed PMID: 24461498
  • Waite A, Davidson R, Taravella MJ. Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty donor tissue preparation using the double-pass microkeratome technique. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2013 Mar;39(3):446-50. PubMed PMID: 23506921
  • Taravella MJ, Shah V, Davidson R. Ultrathin DSAEK. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013 Spring;53(2):21-30. PubMed PMID: 23470586
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Fellow
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Member
  • Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), Member
  • American Medical Association (AMA), Member
  • Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEPS), Member
  • Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), Member
  • Paton Society, Member
  • Pediatric Keratoplasty Society, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center
1675 Aurora Ct
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2020

UCHealth - Eye Center - Boulder
5495 Arapahoe Ave
Suite 101
Boulder, CO 80303
303-545-2020

UCHealth Longs Peak Surgery Center
1750 E. Ken Pratt Boulevard
Longmont, CO 80504
720-718-1400

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Ophthalmology, Board Certification (1987)
  • Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Specialized Training (1986)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Eyes and Vision - Cataract
  • Eyes and Vision - Corneal Disease
  • Eyes and Vision - Corneal Transplantation
  • Eyes and Vision - LASIK Surgery
  • Eyes and Vision - Dry Eyes
  • Eyes and Vision
  • Surgery - Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery - Eye and/or Orbital Surgery
  • Eyes and Vision - Eye Disease
  • Eyes and Vision - Ophthalmic Oncology
Clinical Interests
I am interested in treating cornea and external eye diseases and performing laser-assisted cataract surgery.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (1981)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Colorado School of Mines (CO) (1977)
Internships:
  • Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Program (1982)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals Program, Ophthalmology (1985)
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Languages: English
Department: Ophthalmology
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