Paul W. Tappan O.D.


Paul W. Tappan received his undergraduate and professional degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. As a student, he successfully completed an externship rotation at the Veteran Administration Ambulatory Clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as an internship at the Indiana University Contact Lens Research Clinic. During school, he also served as a teaching assistant for Clinical Procedures courses.

After graduating in 1982, Dr. Tappan worked as an associate in a practice in Menasha, Wisconsin, for one year, while making arrangements for his final move to east Tennessee. In 1984, Dr. Tappan joined Dr. Eugene Zuckerman’s practice in Harriman, Tennessee, which was established in 1946. Dr. Zuckerman retired the following year, and Dr. Tappan continued a busy solo career with that practice until 1998. He then joined The Eye Center of Oak Ridge to continue his practice as the Eye Center of Harriman (now the Eye Center at Midtown) with a part-time presence at the Eye Center of Wartburg.

Dr. Tappan practices primary eye care, including routine examinations; glasses and contact lens fitting; pre- and post-operative surgical care; and the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and injuries, including infections, diabetic eye monitoring, and glaucoma care.

Dr. Tappan and his wife are avid outdoor enthusiasts, and have explored many of the National Parks and National Monuments throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Tappan and his wife, Debbie, continue to enjoy hiking, camping and nature photography in the scenic landscapes as they have for over 30 years.