3290 Dauphin Street, Suite 401
Mobile, AL 36606
Phone: (251) 471-3309
Fax: (251) 471-5046
Toll Free: (866) 471-3309
Dr. Ruben Grigorian is a fellowship-trained and board-certified ophthalmologist. His practice is concentrated on diseases of the retina, including diabetes, macular degeneration, retinal detachments and vision-threatening ocular infections.
Upon earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the Yerevan State University in Armenia, Dr. Grigorian received his medical degree from the Yerevan State Medical University in 1992. He then completed an ophthalmology residency at the Ophthalmology Center in Yerevan, and a second ophthalmology residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Grigorian continued his education with fellowship training in Vitreo-retinal diseases at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Dr. Grigorian is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is also widely published in the area of retinal disease and treatment, including such topics as the treatment of complex retinal detachment, eliminating intraocular knots, and the study of neuro-ophthalmic manifestations of sarcoidosis, to name a few.
Dr. Grigorian most recently practiced at the Atlantic Retina Center in Salisbury, M.D., before joining VisionAmerica in 2011. He is fluent in English, Russian and Armenian. Dr. Grigorian is married and has a son. His hobbies include sailing and tennis.
Tara L. Smith, O.D.
Center Director of Mobile
Dr. Tara Smith specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex eye diseases as well as the pre- and post-operative management of a variety of surgical procedures.
Dr. Smith attended the University of South Alabama where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science. She then earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. She graduated with academic honors and was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society.
Upon completion of optometry school, Dr. Smith fulfilled a residency in Ocular Disease and Low Vision at the Kansas City VA Medical Center where she trained in hospital based optometry and co-management of many eye diseases including glaucoma, retinopathy and cataracts.
She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry and the Alabama Optometric Association.
Paul M. Taupeka, M.D.
Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Surgeon
Strabismologist and Neuro-ophthalmologist
Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics Surgery and Pediatric Ophthalmology
Dr. Paul M. Taupeka received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine followed by an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. After completing a residency in Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, he served a combined fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery and Pediatric Ophthalmology at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY.
Dr. Taupeka specializes in diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the optic nerve. In addition he is an experienced eyelid surgery specialist and he uses the latest medical technology to remove lesions from the eyelids and face. He is also skilled at diagnosing and treating eye diseases that affect children.
Dr. Taupeka is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, The Medical Society of Mobile County and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.