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Richard C. Allen, M.D., PhD., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Richard Allen has over 20 years of experience in oculoplastic surgery. After graduating from Duke University, Dr. Allen attended Baylor College of Medicine where he attained his M.D. and his Ph.D., in Human and Molecular Genetics.  Dr. Allen then completed an ophthalmology residency and oculoplastic surgery fellowship at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Allen has practiced in New Mexico, Iowa and Texas and was on the faculty at the University of Iowa and most recently at Baylor College of Medicine.

He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally and has over 120 peer-reviewed publications.  Dr. Allen is deeply committed to medical education and exceptional patient care, to this end, he has created Oculoplastic Surgery Videos, an archive of over 300 narrated videos available to view at www.oculosurg.com.  Elected 2023 President of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).  Dr. Allen is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Orbit.  in his free time, he is an avid long-distance bicyclist and enjoys running, music and spending time with his wife Missy and children Gus and Astrid.  



"Everyone’s kindness and helpful words of encouragement during my eye surgery made a world of difference. This group made it so easy and comfortable for me."
"We are so thankful for the wonderful things surgery has done for our daughter. Many thanks also for doing it with so much compassion. Our family appreciated the fantastic quality of care."


1987-1988 – Baylor College of Medicine, Outstanding Performance in Basic Sciences Award (First Place) for Medical Scientist Training Program

1992 – Society of Pediatric Research, Medical Student Research Award

1994 – Sigma Xi Thesis Excellence Award

2013 – American Academy of Ophthalmology, Achievement Award

2013 – Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Faculty Medical Student Teaching Award

2013 – American College of Surgeons, Fellow

2013 – JCAHPO, Annual Continuing Education Program 5-year Faculty Award

2017 – American Academy of Ophthalmology, Secretariat Award

2018 – JCAHPO, Annual Continuing Education Program 10-year Faculty Award

2019 – American Academy of Ophthalmology, Secretariat Award

2019 – American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Outstanding Contribution Award

2020 – American Academy of Ophthalmology, Senior Achievement Award

2022 – Carolyn F. Elles Professorship of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine