3290 Dauphin Street, Suite 401
Mobile, AL 36606
Phone: (251) 471-3309
Fax: (251) 471-5046
Toll Free: (866) 471-3309
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.
Peter Zloty is a board certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologist specializing in Corneal Transplants, Refractive Surgery and Cataracts. He is a national and international speaker and has authored many articles and book chapters in his field.
Dr. Zloty attended Rensselaer in Troy, New York in an accelerated undergraduate degree program in biomedicine. He then transferred to the Albany Medical College in Albany, New York earning the degree of B.S. in 1982 and M.D. in 1984. After medical school he interned at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. An active duty tour in the U.S. Navy came next, earning him the rank of Lieutenant Commander and a Sea Service Medal. Active duty service was performed stateside in the Newport Naval Hospital Emergency Medicine Department and Brig Medical Service, and at sea as an intensive care physician. Subsequently he returned to Albany for a three year residency in ophthalmology. He was then hired as a clinical instructor staffing the first year resident's clinic, and concurrently served as a fellow in Corneal and External disease, under Michael W. Belin, M.D.
While in private practice in Dothan, Alabama he has continued to teach externs from The UAB School of Optometry, as well as national and international courses and symposia. He is an instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting for the Boston keratoprosthesis. He has travelled to Honduras and East Timor on multiple occasion doing medical and surgical humanitarian mission work.
Dr Zloty has expertise in corneal transplants and lamellar techniques, including DSAEK, DMEK and DALK. He is an accomplished refractive surgeon, and applies refractive techniques and technology to his cataract patients. His interests include ocular surface diseases and immunology of the eye, and ocular trauma.
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.
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.