Ali Tabassian, MD, PhD

Ali Tabassian, MD, PhD

Dr. Tabassian specializes in ophthalmology, specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of retina and vitreous diseases.

Dr. Tabassian, MD, PhD offers these procedures:

  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Dry eye/tear solutions
  • Flashes of light and floaters
  • Retinal detachment


Dr. Ali Tabassian returned to Richmond in 1996 after his internship, and became an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. Since establishing the Retina Institute of Virginia, PLLC, Dr. Tabassian has continued to be active in teaching at the Medical College of Virginia. He is a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology and Vitreous Society.


Dr. Tabassian's areas of expertise include retinal detachments, retinal vascular diseases, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.


Dr. Tabassian received a Bachelor of Science and a Ph.D. with honors from George Washington University. He earned his M.D. with honors at the Medical College of Virginia. After his internship, Dr. Tabassian returned to the Medical College of Virginia for residency in ophthalmology. A fellowship in vitreo-retinal diseases at the prestigious University of Iowa followed. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Tabassian lives in Richmond with his wife and three children.


Exceptional nurse prep, anesthesia Dr. communicated/care… Felt safe and well attended to in every way. Believe these folks have a deep respect for Dr. Tabassian as both and professional and personal, thus wanted to give their best to patient care. Energy is positive; calm, and you feel an outstanding team approach from these medical professionals. H. Herman Jul 2020
Staff and Dr. Tabassian were very professional and very nice to me. My surgery went very smoothly. I was nervous, they made me feel at ease. Thanks again for the good service from Dr. Tabassian and his staff. God bless. Bernice J. Jun 2018
From check-in to discharge … A+. Dr. Tabassian…A++! Jim C. Dec 2017
Please tell Dr. Tabassian, Nurse Stephanie, and Dr. Stroud, anesthesiologist that I was made very relaxed and comfortable before, during, and after my virectomy surgery. Afterwards, I was neither nauseous nor did I have a headache. Good job! Dr. Tabassion and his staff have kept me well informed about what to expect day by day after the surgery. Very helpful. Dec 2017
Eye surgery can be scary. The team of doctors lessened my anxiety by explaining all options, procedures, and after care. The entire team of doctors (Tabasssian, Schwent, anesthesiologist, and staff presented professionalism, politeness, and warmth. Especially admin staff have been helpful, courteous and quick. The have made a very good impression since those hard-working staff are a patient’s first point of contact. Ruth Aug 2017
The whole staff was great! Jeanette (the nurse who "prepped" me) is a "10." Doctor Tabassian bent over backwards to care for my emergency situation. I'm thankful for that. Randy T.


2019 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award

2019 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award

2020 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award

2020 MEDRVA Patient Choice Award


Retina Institute of Virginia
8720 Stony Point Pkwy
Suite 105
Phone: (804) 644-7478
Fax: (804) 644-8224

Retina Institute of Virginia
Fredericksburg Location
1671 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 103
Phone: (540) 368-5230
Fax: (540) 368-5233