Richard Allen, MD

Richard Allen, MD, PhD, FACS

Ophthalmology Iowa City, IA

Associate Professor

Office Address

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  • 200 Hawkins Dr
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Phone: (319) 356-2590
    Fax: (319) 356-0363


  • Richard C. Allen MD PhD FACS attended Duke University 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. Dr. Allen completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 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 at the University of Iowa. In 2006, Dr. Allen returned to New Mexico where he rejoined the faculty at UNM and also practiced oculoplastic surgery 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 2013-14 he spent six months as a visiting physician at St. Eriks Eye Hospital in Stockholm. Dr. Allen is a member of ASOPRS, the American Eye Study Club, and the Orbit Society, is Section Editor of Oculoplastics and Orbit for Current Opinion in Ophthalmology, and is a member of committees in ASOPRS, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). His research interests include genetic diseases of the eyelids, orbit, and lacrimal system. He lives in Iowa City with his wife Missy, son Gus, and daughter Astrid Sophia.

Dr. Allen's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Ophthalmology: Oculo-Plastic & Orbital Reconstructive Surgery
  • Clinical Interests: Eyelids; Blepharoplasty; Blepharoptosis; Eyelid Diseases

Dr. Allen's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Associate ProfessorUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Iowa City, IA
    Oculoplastic Surgeon
  • Oculoplastic SurgeonSt. Eriks Eye Hospital
    Visiting Physician
  • Oculoplastic SurgeonEye Associates of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM
  • Assistant ProfessorUniversity of New Mexico School of Medicine
    Albuquerque, NM
    Oculoplastic Surgeon
  • Assistant ProfessorUniversity of New Mexicso
    Albuquerque, NM
    Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
  • Assistant ProfessorBaylor College of Medicine
    Houston, TX
    Chief of Ophthalmology Service, Ben Taub General Hospital

Dr. Allen's Education & Medical Training

  • University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsFellowship, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsFellowship, Molecular Ophthalmology
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsResidency, Ophthalmology
  • University of New Mexico HospitalUniversity of New Mexico HospitalResidency, Internal Medicine
  • Baylor Coll of MedBaylor College of MedicineMedical School, MD PhD, Sigma Xi Thesis Excellence Award
  • Duke UniversityDuke UniversityOther Training, BS, Chemistry, Departmental Award in Chemistry, Phi Beta Kappa

Dr. Allen's Certifications & Licensure

  • NM State Medical LicenseNM State Medical License2002 - 2014
  • IA State Medical LicenseIA State Medical License1999 - 2015
  • American Board of OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology, 2002, Current

Dr. Allen's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesMeaningful Use Stage 1 CertificationCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2011
  • American Academy of OphthalmologyFellow (FAAO)American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American College of SurgeonsFACSAmerican College of Surgeons

Dr. Allen's Publications & Presentations

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Dr. Allen's Professional Memberships

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Georgia Blue Choice HMO
  • BCBS Georgia BlueChoice Option POS
  • BCBS Illinois PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Health Alliance PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
  • Wellmark Alliance Select

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