March 2019


ASCRS member spotlight: Michael Taravella, MD

by Denise Monasterio ASCRS Marketing and Communications Manager

Michael Taravella, MD

ASCRS is, at its core, a member-led organization. Much of the education, information, and other offerings are developed by anterior segment specialists for anterior segment specialists. The success of the organization is highly impacted by the continued dedication and volunteerism from the individuals who serve as educators.
Every month, we feature one of these member volunteers. We introduce you to individuals who have contributed to the society’s outstanding education and initiatives, helping members strengthen their skills and sharpen their expertise, and provide better care to patients.
This month’s spotlight member is Michael Taravella, MD. Dr. Taravella has been a member of ASCRS for nearly 30 years, joining the organization in 1992. He has been highly active in the organization, serving as an ASCRS Film Festival judge, paper session panelist and moderator, and course instructor at the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting. “I have always found the organization to be a great resource and the meetings to be outstanding and educational,” he said.
For the past 5 years, Dr. Taravella has been on the ASCRS Foundation’s Resident Excellence Award Review Committee. Reviewing the nominations “gives me the opportunity to become familiar with a new generation of ophthalmologists. I am always impressed by the quality of the applicants and their accomplishments so early on in their careers,” he said.
When asked what advice he has for residents interested in the Resident Excellence Award program, Dr. Taravella said, “Update your resume with specific emphasis on academic achievement, leadership, research, and service.” He encourages all residents and fellows to attend the Annual Meeting whether or not they receive the award. “Seek permission from your institute to come to the Annual Meeting. It’s a great opportunity to learn and network with your future colleagues.”
Dr. Taravella became interested in ophthalmology after his first cataract procedure. “I was hooked. I love the fact that the surgical procedures we do as ophthalmologists can have such a positive impact on the quality of life of our patients,” he said.
Dr. Taravella is director of cornea and refractive surgery and co-director of the cornea fellowship program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the University of Connecticut in Farmington, Connecticut.
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