Medical Eye Center Providers

Following medical school, ophthalmologists complete three years of comprehensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and abnormalities. Many doctors begin practicing as soon as they have finished their residency. Some ophthalmologists, however, choose to pursue a fellowship, which is an additional year of training that makes them experts in a specific area of the eye. This level of further education is generally considered optional, but many of our doctors prioritized additional training in order to provide the best possible care to their patients. While it is rare to find a practice with even one physician who has completed advanced training, many of the doctors at Medical Eye Center are fellowship-trained. 

Paul Jorizzo, MD: Medical Eye Center provider

Paul Jorizzo, MD

Dr. Jorizzo is one of Southern Oregon’s most sought-after cataract and glaucoma specialists. He is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon with advanced fellowship training in glaucoma. One of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the country, Dr. Jorizzo has performed over 15,000 cataract surgeries.
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Matt Oliva, MD: Medical Eye Center provider

MATT OLIVA, MD

Dr. Oliva is a board certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained corneal surgeon. He specializes in surgical and medical treatments of the anterior eye including cataract and refractive surgery, LASIK, refractive lens exchange, corneal transplantation, pterygium, corneal tumors and dystrophies, and complex dry eye.
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Craig Lemley, MD: Medical Eye Center provider

CRAIG LEMLEY, MD

Dr. Lemley is a board certified ophthalmologist with advanced fellowship training in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery. He has extensive experience in the treatment of ocular conditions including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disorders, and retinal tear and detachment.
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Helen Koenigsman, MD: Medical Eye Center provider

HELEN KOENIGSMAN, MD

Dr. Koenigsman is a board certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologist offering comprehensive, glaucoma and cataract care. She offers the latest in intraocular lens implant technology for cataract surgery. Dr. Koenigsman provides full medical, laser and surgical management of all types of glaucoma.
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John Welling, MD: Medical Eye Center provider

JOHN WELLING, MD

Dr. John Welling is a board certified, fellowship trained surgeon specializing in cataract surgery, laser vision correction (LASIK and PRK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), implantable contact lenses (ICL), corneal transplants (DMEK, DSEK, DALK, PKP), pterygium surgery, keratoconus, and corneal collagen cross linking.
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Poorav Patel, MD: Medical Eye Center provider

Poorav Patel, MD

Dr. Poorav Patel is a board certified ophthalmologist. A Southern Oregon native, Dr. Patel completed his undergraduate degree at University of California, San Diego before pursuing his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Christine Petersen MD

Christine Petersen, MD

Dr. Petersen is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has completed fellowship training in glaucoma. She provides cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology care in addition to medical, laser, and surgical management of glaucoma.
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Steven Saraf, MD

Steven Saraf, MD

Dr. Saraf specializes in retina, vitreoretinal surgery, and uveitis. He completed two ophthalmology fellowships, the first in uveitis at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, and the second in retina and vitreoretinal surgery at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
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Ben Taylor, OD: Medical Eye Center provider

BEN TAYLOR, OD

Dr. Ben Taylor is an optometric physician therapeutically certified by the state of Oregon. He provides comprehensive primary eye care examinations. He evaluates and manages ocular diseases including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
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Stacey Hoins, OD: Medical Eye Center provider

STACEY HOINS, OD

Dr. Hoins enjoys working in an eye care practice with a variety of patients of all ages. Trained to evaluate and manage a variety of ocular diseases, her responsibilities include adult primary eye care, pediatric primary eye care, contact lens fitting and evaluation, and diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease.
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Heather French, OD: Medical Eye Center provider

HEATHER FRENCH, OD

Dr. French's residency at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City introduced her to the opportunity and beauty of the Rogue Valley. Her clinical experience has taken her to multiple VA medical and outpatient centers in the western US.
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Sara Babek, OD: Medical Eye Center provider

SARA BABEK, OD

Dr. Sara Babek is an optometric physician therapeutically certified by the state of Oregon. She provides comprehensive primary eye care examinations and evaluates and manages ocular diseases including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
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Abby Coats, PA-C: Medical Eye Center provider

ABBY COATS, PA-C

Abby Coats is a certified Physician Assistant with a Master’s Degree in Science from Arizona School of Health Sciences. Prior to her graduate studies, she attended Oregon State University graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science.
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