Parisa Taravati, MD

Robert E. Kalina MD Associate Professor; Vice Chair, Education; Director, Residency Program; Chief of Service, UW Medical Center


Undergraduate Education: BS, Chemistry, University of Iowa, 2001
Medical School: MD, University of Iowa, 2005
Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 2006 Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Iowa, 2009
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2010
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Women in Ophthalmology, Iowa Eye Association
Sub Specialty Societies: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery


Dr. Taravati was born in Arlington, Texas, and raised in Ames, Iowa. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. She also completed her medical degree at the University of Iowa. She continued at the University of Iowa, completing her internal medicine internship and her residency in ophthalmology.

Dr. Taravati has been on the faculty at the University of Washington since 2009. She is the residency program director. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two children. Her pastimes include playing piano, cooking, and reading.

Patient Care Philosophy

“I believe in educating my patients on their eye conditions and making them active participants in their medical care.”

Primary Office

Eye Institute at Harborview

Location: UW Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-744-8520

Mailing Address: UW Medical Center
Box 356485
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

Awards and honors

2006 Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2005 Research Distinction, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
2000 Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship, Honors Program, University of Iowa
1997-2001 National Merit Scholarship, University of Iowa

Clinical interests

Dr. Taravati is a clinician educator and comprehensive ophthalmologist.  She manages a wide range of eye conditions, including dry eye, blepharitis, cataracts, glaucoma, and color blindness.

Research focus

Dr. Taravati’s research interests include color blindness, resident education, and cataracts.


    No publications are available at this time.

UW Department of Ophthalmology

908 Jefferson St.. Seattle, WA 98104 (academic offices)
Harborview Medical Center (mailing address)
Box 359608, 325 Ninth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.543.7250
Fax: 206.685.7055


For Patients

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