Mehryar Taban, M.D.

Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban grew up in the Los Angeles area.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude from UCLA and medical school at UC-Irvine, he moved to world renowned Cleveland Clinic for ophthalmology residency, where he was selected Chief Resident.  Dr. Taban then moved back to Los Angeles for a 2-year oculofacial cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery fellowship at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.  He then pursued further fellowship training in rhinoplasty and cosmetic facial surgery under Dr Ronald Strahan in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Taban is one of the few board certified surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), and certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).  Dr. Taban specializes in eyelid and facial surgery. He uses the latest technology in surgery, including minimal incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes.

Dr. Taban has authored numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters.  He has been invited to speak at many national and international meetings. He has also received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Alpha Omega Honor (AΩA) and 2009 recipient of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Webster Paper Award. He maintains a growing practice in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara.

Dr. Taban was the instructor at the annual UCLA Eyelid Aesthetic Rejuvenation Course on July 19 – 20, where physicians/surgeons from around the country came to learn advanced oculoplastic techniques. The course included both cadaver dissection portion and lecture/didactic day.

CITIZENSHIP: United States of America

SPECIALTY: Oculofacial Plastic Surgery – Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery


  • Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA-Jules Stein Eye Institute, Division of OrbitoFacial Surgery
  • Chief of OrbitoFacial Surgery at Martin-Luther King Ambulatory Center in Los Angeles, California
  • Private Practice in Beverly Hills, California
  • Private Practice in Santa Barbara, California


  • UCLA – Los Angeles
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Los Angeles
  • Good Samaritan Hospital – Los Angeles/li>
  • Cottage Hospital – Santa Barbara


  • COLLEGE: B.S. (biology) – University of California, Los Angeles  (1995-1999)
  • MEDICAL SCHOOL: M.D. – University of California, Irvine (1999-2003)
  • INTERNSHIP: Internal Medicine – UCLA/WLA VA Greater LA Health Syst. (2003/2004)
  • RESIDENCY: Ophthalmology – Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic (2004-2007)
  • FELLOWSHIP: Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) – Oculofacial Plastic Surgery – Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA (2007-2009)
  • FELLOWSHIP:  Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery – Dr Ronald Strahan (July 2009 through 2010).


  • University of California, Los Angeles (1996-1999) – Mentor: Suraj P. Bhat, PhD
  • University of Southern California (2000-2003) – Mentor: Alfredo A. Sadun, MD, PhD
  • University of California, Irvine (2002-2003) – Mentor: Suraj Bose, MD
  • Retina-Vitreous Associates in Los Angeles (2003-4) – Mentors: David S Boyer MD, Edgar L Thomas, MD
  • University of California, Los Angeles (2003) – Mentor: Raymond S. Douglas, MD, PhD
  • Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2004-2007) – multiple mentors
  • Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (2007 to present) – Mentors: Robert Goldberg, MD, Norman Shorr, MD, Raymond S. Douglas, MD, PhD, Jonathan Hoenig, MD
    • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery
    • British Journal of Ophthalmology
  • CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: ONE network of American Academy of Ophthalmology.


  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Diplomat
  • American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Diplomat
  • Medical Board of California license #: A99093
  • DEA license


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)- Diplomat
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) – Fellow Member
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) – Fellow Member
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) – Fellow Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Medical Honor Society, (selected in Junior year)
  • American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES) and American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES)
  • Los Angeles Society of Ophthalmology (LASO)
  • [California Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (CAEPS)]
  • Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) Honor Society
  • American Medical Association (AMA)


  • Summa Cum Laude graduate, UCLA (1995-1999)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Medical Honor Society member, selected as Junior
  • Chief resident as PGY4 at Cole Eye Institute
  • Webster American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Resident Research Award – 2009.
  • Dean’s Honor List and College Honor Program, UCLA (1995-1999)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, UCLA (1995-1999)
  • 1st place OKAPS score, Year 1, 99th percentile
  • 1st place OKAPS score, Year 3, 97th percentile
  • Robert G. Hauser Rotary Club Scholarship, given to one UCI medical student annually – 2002.
  • Western Student Medical Research Forum Award – 2001.
  • National Medical Association (NMA)/Rabb-Venable Ophthalmology Research Award – 2001.
  • Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) Honor Society member
  • HONORS in Ophthalmology (x3) , Surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Neuroradiology, Neurology, Dermatology,Core Radiology clerkships with letters of Commendation
  • HONORS in all courses of 1st and 2nd years of medical school (except PD)
  • Certificate of Excellence in Basic Sciences for 1st and 2nd years of medical school
  • Donald E. Pinder, MD Memorial Award for Anatomy
  • Irving M. Reingold Prize + Distinguished Achievement Award for Pathology
  • Robert W. Earle, MD Memorial Award for Pharmacology
  • Milton Kaplan Memorial Award for Microbiology
  • Certificate of Excellence in Medical Physiology


  • Volunteer in eye clinic in Calexico, next to Mexico (2002)
  • Anatomy tutor (2000-2001)
  • Anatomy and Pathology Course Representative (2000-2001)
  • Medical School Admissions Committee Interviewer (1999-2000)
  • Volunteered in Pediatric Vaccination Projects (1999-2000)
  • Volunteer: Santa Monica and UCLA Medical Center (1996-1999)

HUMANITARIAN: CRISP Foundation Surgical Team member (, at Central America


  • Play Santour
  • Sports: basketball, volleyball, table tennis, racquetball, golf and soccer
  • Traveling:  visited 19 countries thus far + US cross country trip
  • Collect stamps

LANGUAGES: Fluent in English and Farsi; read Hebrew

Dr Taban just published the first ever textbook chapter in using 5-FU (5-Florouracil) for wound modulation in aesthetic eyelid and periorbital surgery. 5-FU is a versatile anti-metabolite that can be for scar therapy, eyelid retraction, and encapsulated injected autologous fat. It can also be used to treat chalazions.

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