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Michelle Tarver, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle Tarver

Dr. Michelle Tarver is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in ocular inflammation. Before joining Solomon Eye Physicians & Surgeons, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Ocular Immunology. In 2009, she joined the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health where she works on ensuring that ophthalmic devices are safe and effective before entering the U.S. marketplace. She is actively involved in research on ophthalmic devices and incorporating the patient's voice in the evaluation of medical devices.


Dr. Tarver attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. She completed the M.D./Ph.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2003. She then completed her residency in ophthalmology with fellowship training in ocular inflammation at the Wilmer Eye Institute (Johns Hopkins). 

Affiliations and Awards

Dr. Tarver is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and has received the Secretariat's Award from the AAO for her contributions to ophthalmology.