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Richard Allen

Richard Allen MD, PhD

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surg
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Medical School:
Baylor College of Medicine
Residency Program:
University of Iowa
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Contact Information:
200 Hawkins Drive
United States 52242
Phone: 319-356-2590
Fax: 319-356-0363
Web site:

Richard C. Allen MD PhD attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina USA and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Chemistry where he received the Departmental Award in Chemistry. He was accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas USA where he received his MD and PhD degrees. His dissertation was under the direction of John W. Belmont MD PhD in the Dept. of Human and Molecular Genetics. His dissertation "Molecular Genetics of X-linked Immunodeficiencies Affecting B Lymphocyte Function" was awarded the Sigma Xi Thesis Excellence Award. Other awards included first place for basic sciences for the MSTP class entering 1987 and the Medical Student Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Research.

Dr. Allen completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA and residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa USA. Under the mentorship of Edwin M. Stone MD PhD and Thomas A. Oetting MD MS, he completed a fellowship in Molecular Ophthalmology and Comprehensive Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa.

In 2000, Dr. Allen joined the faculty in the Dept. of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine where he was Chief of the Ophthalmology Service at Ben Taub General Hospital. In 2002, he joined the faculty in the Division of Ophthalmology, Dept. of Surgery at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. From 2004 to 2006, he completed additional fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery under the direction of Jeffrey A. Nerad MD and Keith D. Carter MD, sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).

In 2006, Dr. Allen returned to New Mexico where he rejoined the faculty at the University of New Mexico and also built a substantial oculoplastics practice at Eye Associates of New Mexico. Upon the departure of Dr. Jeffrey Nerad from the University of Iowa in 2009, Dr. Allen returned to Iowa City where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Dept. of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. His practice is limited to ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Allen is a member of ASOPRS and the American Eye Study Group, among others. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is a reviewer for multiple medical journals and is a member of committees in ASOPRS and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He is an active lecturer for many universities, hospitals, and medical societies worldwide. His research interests include genetic diseases of the eyelids, orbit, and lacrimal system.

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