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Michael J Taravella, MD

Professor


​Cornea and External Diseases
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Anschutz Medical Campus
1675 Aurora Court, Mail Stop F-731
Aurora, CO  80045

Appointment:  (720) 848-2020

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Taravella specializes in the treatment of cornea disorders, cataract and refractive surgery/vision correction. He is the Director of Cornea and Refractive surgery at the UCHealth Eye Center and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is an American Board of Ophthalmology certified surgeon and specializes in cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery. Dr. Taravella is the former medical director of the pioneering ClearVision Laser Centers and is the only AMO VISX® trainer for physicians in the region. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado and an ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas, he received specialized fellowship training at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Taravella has been on our faculty for over two decades.

EYE CONDITIONS: 

Cornea disorders such as Keratoconus and Fuch’s Cornea dystrophy, Cataract, and refractive error such as myopia and astigmatism.

EYE TREATMENTS:

Cornea Transplant, Keratoprosthesis, Cataract surgery with a variety of implants such as presbyopic correcting, astigmatism correcting and monofocal lenses; Lasik and laser vision correction. Phakic Intraocular Lenses.

CLINICAL TRIALS:

Helping to develop a Surgical Simulator for cataract surgery.

EDUCATION:

  • Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX
  • Fellowship: Cornea and Refractive Surgery, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT  
       

AWARDS:

2011  America’s Best Doctors Database

2010  America’s Best Doctors Database

2010  Full-time Faculty Teacher of the Year for Ophthalmology Department

2009  Full-time Faculty Teacher of the Year for Ophthalmology Department

2009  America’s Top Ophthalmologists Listing

2006-2007  Who’s Who Among Amerian Teachers & Educators

2006  America’s Top Ophthalmologists

2006  Denver’s Top Doctors 2006, 5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine

2005  Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2005  Denver’s Top Doctors 2005, 5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine

2004  Denver’s Top Doctors 2004, 5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine

2003  Denver’s Top Doctors 2003, 5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine

2003  Distinguished Alumni Medal, Colorado School of Mines

2000  Denver’s Top Doctors 2000, 5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine