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Our Team

Meet Our Eye Surgeons & Staff in Springfield, Massachusetts 

At Papale Eye Center, each member of our staff has undergone rigorous training in their respective field. In fact, Dr. John Papale has helped to introduce many of the latest advances in ophthalmology to the Western Massachusetts area, including no-stitch cataract surgery . Dr. John Papale alone has more than 20 years of experience performing eye surgery, and the Papale Eye Center team has more experience with cataract and laser eye surgery than any other LASIK surgeons in the area. It is for this reason that physicians, nurses, and other eye surgeons from Springfield and throughout Massachusetts come to Papale Eye Center for their LASIK and cataract surgery. Our team has unparalleled experience! The most important decision you will make regarding eye surgery is the surgeon you choose.

To schedule a consultation with John Papale, M.D,  or Mary Ann K. Rubis, O.D., contact our eye surgery center today .

John J. Papale, M.D.

Our team of eye surgeons includes Dr. John Papale, a long-time member of the greater Springfield, Massachusetts community who currently resides in Longmeadow with his wife and three children. Dr. Papale began private practice in 1985, and since that time, he has become one of the most well-respected LASIK surgeons in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. Aside from his appointments at prestigious institutions like Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Papale has earned significant recognition from his peers, including credit as “one of the Best Doctors in America” - as voted by other eye surgeons, and recognition as “one of America’s top ophthalmologists” from the Consumers Research Council.


Dr. Papale received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut, graduating summa cum laude in three years, and remained at the University to complete a year of graduate study in microbiology and virology. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1979 and interned at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Dr. Papale then accepted a two-year research fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where his research on eye tumors and viruses earned him a National Research Service Award. After completing an ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Papale entered private practice in Springfield. Since that time, he has performed more than 10,000 eye surgeries, emerging as one of the LASIK eye surgeons of choice in the Springfield community and throughout Massachusetts.


Dr. Papale is currently an ophthalmology instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine and Chief of Ophthalmology at Baystate Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty.

Dr. Papale is also the past president of the Greater Springfield Ophthalmology Society and the Hamden District Medical Society.

Training & Interests

Dr. Papale is licensed in both Massachusetts and Connecticut and National Board Certified. He is specially trained in the operation of the excimer laser, which is used during LASIK eye surgery, and has completed FDA training for the Summit Autonomous excimer laser, earning full LASIK certification.

In addition to performing laser vision correction surgery, Dr. Papale is a certified lens implant surgeon working with the Visian ICL implant.  Dr. Papale also specializes in the treatment of cataracts and glaucoma. He was among the first eye surgeons to perform no-stitch cataract surgery in Springfield, Massachusetts, and he leads the way in implantable lens technology – offering ReSTOR® lens implants, the only lens implant to provide better near, far, and intermediate vision for cataracts patients who also suffer from presbyopia.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with the LASIK surgeon at Papale Eye Center, contact our Springfield, Massachusetts eye surgery center today.








Mary Ann K. Rubis, O.D.

Dr. Mary Ann K. Rubis earned her optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1989 and has been practicing in the Springfield, Massachusetts area for more than 17 years. She brings significant patient-centered and contact lens experience to the practice and will continue to provide comprehensive eye care,  contact lens evaluations, and refractive surgery assessments for her patients.

Dr. Rubis is a member of the American Optometric Association, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and is President of the Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rubis or one of the eye surgeons at our Springfield, Massachusetts office, contact Papale Eye Center today .

If you would like to schedule a cataract surgery, glaucoma, or LASIK screening with our eye surgeons, contact our Springfield, Massachusetts eye surgery center today.