Top Doctors 2015

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After struggling with chronic eye issues for years, Cheryle Harwood found Dr. Shachar Tauber by chance. By working with him for over a decade, she says he “put the smile back into my eyes.” Dr. Tauber was the Springfield-area Top Doctors winner for Opthalmologic Surgery and Opthalmology. By Rose Marthis

Dr. Tauber has been working at Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists for 11 years, and he has served as Cheryle Harwood’s doctor almost the entire time.

Dr. Shachar Tauber saw himself being an eye doctor at a young age. His father was blinded in war, and Tauber would take him to his appointments. That inspiration to help people be able to see is still his motivation after 23 years as an ophthalmologist.

For Tauber, helping people regain their eyesight means helping them regain their independence.

“To lose the ability to function and live and see beautiful things in life is very frightening and depressing,” Tauber says. “The idea that I can help preserve or regain that is a never ending rush of happiness.”

It was a twist of fate that let Dr. Tauber start doing that for Cheryle Harwood more than 10 years ago.

Harwood was having so many problems with her eyes being dry and causing discomfort that she called Mercy to see if there were any doctors available to help. Tauber had one of the only openings, and the new doctor was just what Harwood needed to transform her eyesight.

Harwood suffers from terrible dry eye and has a condition that makes her body attack her moisture glands, so Tauber had to work with her to create special eye drops out of her own blood serum.

Harwood has also had to have minor surgeries to repair her eye membranes. Her eye problems are chronic, but she says working with Tauber has changed her life.

“He wants to make sure that my eyes get healthy,” she says. “He’ll do anything he can to make them better. It makes an amazing difference.”

For Dr. Tauber, the feeling is mutual. The relationship he has with Harwood is something he remembers fondly on difficult days on the job.

“She was one of my first patients,” Dr. Tauber says. “It helps to have Cheryle, to see her on a rough day and ensure that I’m doing good things.”

Harwood knows that her treatments have had a lot of setbacks over the years, and she says she appreciates Tauber’s patience.

“He makes you feel comfortable and not rushed,” she says. “He wants to listen to you, and he’s never in too big of a hurry to take care of you.” 

Over his 23 years, Tauber has realized that his peers are some of his biggest supporters, and he likes to see the advancement of the field through the relationships he builds.

“What I enjoy a lot now is seeing the new doctors and students have their ‘ah-ha!’ moment and see that the work I ask them to do bears tremendous fruit for the patients,” he says.

Tauber says he knows first-hand the difficult road to being a doctor, so knowing you have made a person feel better can be imperative to fighting self-doubt.

“I was surrounded by people who dusted me off,” he says. “Being here 11 years, through a uniquely challenging time in the health care industry, I feel blessed by the opportunities in Mercy and Springfield. I couldn’t do it without my partners.”

Tauber is in his 11th year at Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists. He participates in a number of research projects for the hospital, and has served as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry.

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