Lawrence C.R. Tafoya, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Tafoya's Personal Statement

Dr. Tafoya.jpgI was raised in a small ranch town outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico as the youngest of four children.  Coming from a blue collar family, the idea of hard work and sacrifice led me to become a first generation college graduate.  After seeing so many of my family and community members without proper medical care, I focused on becoming a physician to help all those in similar situations.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Mexico, before enrolling in both medical and graduate school.  During my medical training, I was fortunate to meet an ophthalmologist whose passion for his field was inspiring and led me to discover that I too shared a strong interest in eye care and valued the importance of vision.  

After I received my medical degree and PhD I moved to Tucson, AZ for further training in an ophthalmology residency program at the University of Arizona.  It was during this time that I was able to work with a large population of under-served and at-risk patients with advanced eye disease as a result of untreated diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc.  It was this training that fostered in me a strong, shared awareness of service that solidified my belief in ophthalmology as an important aspect of community health.

My family and I are excited to be in Texas and love exploring our new home and thank everyone for making us feel welcome.  In my short time here in Corpus Christi, I realize that the hard-working people of this great town need good doctors.  I believe everyone deserves the best vision possible and it is my ambition to help you achieve this goal in any way I can.


Medical School: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Graduate School:  Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Neuroscience, University of New Mexico

Internship: Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico

Residency: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Professional/Academic Colleges and Societies 

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Ophthalmology Association
  • Nueces County Medical Society

Publications and Research

  • Presynaptic residual calcium and synaptic facilitation at hippocampal synapses of mice with altered expression of SNAP-25.  Scullin CS, Tafoya LC, Wilson MC, Partridge LD.  Brain Res. 2012 Jan 11;1431:1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2011.10.035. Epub 2011 Oct 29.
  • The role of the t-SNARE SNAP-25 in action potential-dependent calcium signaling and expression in GABAergic and glutamatergic neurons.  Tafoya LC, Shuttleworth CW, Yanagawa Y, Obata K, Wilson MC.  BMC Neurosci. 2008 Oct 29;9:105. doi: 10.1186/1471-2202-9-105.
  • Expression and function of SNAP-25 as a universal SNARE component in GABAergic neurons Tafoya LC, Mameli M, Miyashita T, Guzowski JF, Valenzuela CF, Wilson MC.  J Neurosci. 2006 Jul 26;26(30):7826-38.