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Texas Medical Center
West Campus

Phone: 832-822-3230


Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street
5th Floor - Suite 510
Houston, TX 77030

Richard C. Allen, MD, PhD, FACS


Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Fellowship Oculoplastics 2006
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Residency Ophthalmology 2000
University of New Mexico Internship Internal Medicine 1996
Baylor College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1995


As a parent, I understand how difficult it can be to take your child to the doctor.  My goal is to provide you with the best information possible so that we can plan together what the most appropriate treatment is for your child.

Clinical Interests:

Diseases of the eyelids:  ptosis, tumors, epiblepharon

Trauma to the orbit and eyelids

Diseases of the lacrimal system:  tearing, tear duct obstruction

Diseases of the orbit:  benign and malignant tumors, infections, dermoid cysts 

Research Interests:

Genetic diseases of the eyelids, lacrimal system, and orbit


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Ophthalmology Liaisons Committee, 2010 - present (Chair: 2018-2022); Practicing Ophthalmologists’ Curriculum Panel (POCP) – Oculoplastics/Orbit Panel – Member Subcommittee, 2017 - present; ONE – Oculoplastics – Member Subcommittee, 2017 - present
American College of Surgeons Member
American Eye Study Club Member
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Thesis Committee, 2010 - 2013 (Chair - 2013); Journal Committee, 2011 - 2016; Multicenter Collaborative Research Committee, 2012 - Present; Education Committee, 2013 - Present; Program Chair, 2015 - 2018; Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Education Center
European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Member
North American Skull Base Society Member
North American Society of Academic Orbital Surgeons Member
Orbital Society

Selected Publications

Lenci LT, Shams P, Shriver EM, Allen RC (2017).  Dermoid cysts:  Clinical predictors of complex lesions and surgical complications.  Journal of American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Feb; 21(1):44-47.

Wiktorin ACH; Dafgard Kopp EME; Tani E; Soderen B; Allen RC (2016).  Fine-needle aspiration biopsy in orbital lesions:  A retrospective study of 225 cases.  American Journal of Ophthalmology Jun;166:37-42.

Allen RC (2015).  Proliferation and arrest:  the genetics of orbital disorders.  Current Opinion in Ophthalmology Jul;26(5);382-91. 

Allen RC (2014).  Hereditary disorders affecting the lacrimal system.  Current Opinion in Ophthalmology Sep;25(5):424-431.

Allen RC (2013).  Genetic diseases affecting the eyelids:  what should a clinician know?  Current Opinion in Ophthalmology Sep;24(5):463-77.  

Basic Ophthalmology:  Essentials for Medical Students, 10th edition.  Eds. Allen RC, Harper RA.  San Francisco, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2016).

Levine’s Manual of Oculoplastic Surgery, 5th Edition.  Eds. Allen RC, Levine MR.  Springer, in press.

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