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Tara A. McCannel, MD, PhD

  • Ocular Oncology|
  • Retina and Vitreous Diseases
Doris Stein Eye Research Center | 200 Stein Plaza Doris Stein, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Direct Line to Dr. Tara McCannel's Practice: 310-206-7484.
Secondary Line to reach Dr. McCannel's Staff: 310-794-5137.
Fax to reach Dr. Tara McCannel's Practice: 310-794-7904.

Tara McCannel, MD, PhD, the Director of the Ophthalmic Oncology Center at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is a leader in the field of ophthalmology and diseases of the retina and vitreous. She has pioneered new surgical treatment strategies in ocular melanoma that are both vision-saving and that provide patients with more knowledge about their cancer. Dr. McCannel belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Association of Ocular Oncology, the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. She is also a member of both the prestigious Retina and Macula Societies.

Dr. Tara McCannel earned her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She also completed her internship and a four-year residency in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto's Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. Dr. McCannel was named Chief Resident in Ophthalmology and matriculated in the University’s Clinician Investigator Program, from which she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Graduate Studies, in the field of molecular biology. Before being recruited to UCLA, she completed a two-year vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Tara McCannel has garnered recognition for her superior scholarship and achievement. Since receiving her doctorate, she has been awarded several research grants. Dr. Tara McCannel sits on the editorial board and serves as a reviewer for more than a dozen medical journals, in addition to her medical and surgical responsibilities to her patients at UCLA.

Additional Practice Locations:

Stein Eye Institute - Westwood
200 Stein Plaza, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-206-7484




Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2003


Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 2004


Ophthalmology, Toronto Hospital - Western Division, 2001


Medicine/Surgical, Toronto Hospital - Western Division, 1997


PhD, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, 2004
MD, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, 1996


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Meet Tara A. McCannel, MD, PhD
Eye Cancer Surgery: Part I of II
Eye Cancer Surgery: Part II of II
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Uveal Melanoma, A Modern Approach to Ocular Oncology



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