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 our doctors all 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.

Dr. Paul Jorizzo and Dr. Helen Koenigsman have advanced glaucoma training;

Dr. Matt Oliva and Dr. John Welling are the only fellowship-trained cornea specialists in southern Oregon;

Dr. Craig Lemley has advanced training in the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases.

Our specialists each explained the benefits of their advanced training to give you a better idea of the level of skill and knowledge they gained through additional education.

Dr. Koenigsman

“Here at Medical Eye Center, we offer the tried-and-true treatments for a multitude of eye diseases. We are continuously updating our skills and training to also be able to offer the latest advances. I am involved in clinical research trials that allow patients to have access to technologies and treatments that are not yet widely available. My education did not end with my fellowship in glaucoma; learning is a continuous process.”

Dr. Lemley

“Treatments for common vitreoretinal disorders are evolving rapidly, and advanced training has enabled me to provide state-of-the-art care. In addition, the techniques used in vitreoretinal surgery are highly specialized, and advanced fellowship training is paramount in managing these highly complex diseases.”

Dr. Oliva

After pursuing an international fellowship, Dr. Oliva spent a year in Melbourne, Australia to complete his intensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of corneal diseases and abnormalities. “My fellowship really prepared me to offer the latest in cornea transplant techniques and the other complicated cornea issues we treat here.”

Dr. Welling

“I was fortunate to complete two fellowships - one in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery and the other working in Africa and Asia with the Himalayan Cataract Project. These fellowships enabled me to acquire very specific skill sets and also broaden my exposure to a wide variety of pathology in high volume settings. I hope to utilize this training to improve my patients' quality of life.”

Dr. Jorizzo

“During my residency, I had an opportunity to spend an additional year working with one of the leading authorities in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Later on, I became particularly interested in glaucoma. I did a formal glaucoma fellowship after residency to enhance my ability to diagnose and manage glaucoma using medical, laser, and surgical modalities. At the Medical Eye Center, I enjoy a practice that blends cataract, glaucoma, and retina interests.”
Dr. Paul Jorrizzo

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.

Matthew Oliva

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, keratoconus, complex dry eye...

Dr. Craig Lemley

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, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, retinal tear and detachment.

Helen Koenigsman

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.

Matthew Hauck MD

MATTHEW HAUCK, MD​

Dr. Matthew Hauck is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive oculofacial plastic surgery. In addition to a four-year internship and residency in ophthalmology, he spent an additional two years of advanced fellowship training focused exclusively on oculofacial surgery.

Dr. John Welling

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, corneal collagen cross linking...

Dr. James Davidian

DR. JAMES DAVIDIAN

Dr. James Davidian is a board certified ophthalmologist. He specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology, from routine eye examinations to advanced diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, corneal disease, and ocular trauma.

Dr. Ben Taylor

DR. BEN TAYLOR

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.

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. She participates in cataract surgery pre- and post-operative care.

Sara George

SARA GEORGE, OD

Dr. Sara George 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.

Dr. Heather French

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.

Dr. Abby Coin

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.