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 career 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 in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Anderson started AO Surgical Arts in 2014 and retired in 2018 from his position as medical director and senior partner of that medical practice. He 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.
At the University of Iowa and then at the University of Utah, Dr. Anderson developed oculoplastic divisions with the largest volumes in the country. He has trained over 80 U.S. and foreign fellows, many of whom direct oculoplastic programs around the country and world. He has published over 300 scientific papers, over 100 book chapters and 3 books in oculoplastic, facial plastic, and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Anderson has developed many modern day techniques in oculoplastic, facial plastic, and cosmetic surgery. He has delivered over 1000 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.
In the past 40 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. In 1998 Dr. Anderson was honored by Ophthalmology Times as the top doctor in oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Anderson received the Lifetime Achievement Award for greatest contributions to facial cosmetic surgery in 2010 by the Multi-Specialty Foundation. He was also named “Best in the Beehive” for eyelid and facial cosmetic surgery by Salt Lake Magazine in 2012. In 2014 he received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in recognition of longstanding contributions to the Society and in 2018 the ASOPRS also awarded him with the Lifetime Teaching Award. 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, Senior Honor Award and Lifetime Honor Award as well as 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 Orbital Society.