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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Anderson

Education/Academic Positions

Dr. Richard Anderson graduated AOA from the University of Iowa Medical School. He completed surgical internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa. He completed fellowships in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albany Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco.

He returned to the University of Iowa in July 1976 to begin his academic carrier as Assistant Professor and Director of the Oculoplastic and Orbital Service at the University of Iowa. He was a prolific writer and innovator in his field and became full professor and chief of the Division in July 1982.

In 1984 he moved to Salt Lake City to begin private practice and was appointed Professor and Chief of the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Facial Cosmetic surgery at the University of Utah, which position he maintained until 1999.

In 1999 he became medical director of Oculoplastic Surgery, Inc. and The Center for Facial Appearances in Salt Lake City, UT which position he maintains to date.

Society Memberships & Activities

Dr. Anderson is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

He is a National Education Faculty Member and a Consultant for Botox Cosmetic.


At the University of Iowa and then at the University of Utah, Dr. Anderson developed oculoplastic divisions with one of the largest volume in the country. He has trained over fifty U.S. and foreign fellows, many of whom direct oculoplastic programs around the country and world.


He has published over 300 scientific papers and book chapters and 2 books in oculoplastic and facial plastic and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Anderson has developed many modern day techniques in oculoplastic and facial plastic and cosmetic surgery. He has delivered over 700 papers at scientific (national and international) meetings. He has been or is presently on the editorial board of 11 journals in the field, including Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.


Dr. Richard Anderson was awarded The Multi-Specialty Foundation for Aesthetic Surgical Excellences highest honor July 16th at the Facial Cosmetic Surgery 2010 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. This lifetime achievement award has only been given once before and is for advancement, education, and expertise in facial cosmetic surgery. In the past 15 years Dr. Anderson has been named to the top of his field by a number of organizations. In 1991 Good Housekeeping Magazine and Reader's Digest Magazine named him to the best 400 Doctors in America, as the only Oculoplastic Surgeon named to that group. He has been named to the Best Doctors in America yearly. In 1998 Dr. Anderson was honored by Ophthalmology Times as the top doctor in oculoplastic surgery. He received the Achievement in Ophthalmology Award as 1 of 5 doctors to make the greatest contributions in their fields.

He has received many other honors and awards within his field including The Heed Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to ophthalmology, The American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award and Senior Honor Award and The Lester Jones and Wendell Hughes Awards.

Dr. Anderson has been a member of many medical advisory boards including the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation and is on the board of directors of the aforementioned foundation.

He is a past vice president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a member of the prestigious Orbital Society.