Meet Dr. Douglas
Dr. Raymond Douglas is an experienced and board certified oculoplastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA. Additionally, he recently opened a practice in Shanghai, China.
Patients with thyroid eye disease, previous unsuccessful surgery (blepharoplasty), cancers of the eyelids and face, and trauma-induced injuries all seek Dr. Douglas’ expert care. His expertise in treating thyroid-associated eye diseases and cosmetic and reconstruction surgeries has made him a highly respected and sought-after physician.
In addition to his customized approach to patient care, Dr. Douglas is widely recognized for his ground-breaking research on treatments for Graves’ or thyroid-associated orbitopathy. He is the principal investigator of a multi-center international clinical trial (23 centers) that recently published positive results in the New England Journal of Medicine on a new drug for the treatment of thyroid eye disease. This is the largest clinical trial ever conducted for a biologic in thyroid eye disease and the FDA called the drug (Teprotumumab) a breakthrough therapy. He also co-founded the International Thyroid Eye Disease Society to formulate international trials.
Dr. Douglas has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and his special interest in Thyroid Eye Disease has led him to lecture on the topic on a national and international basis. He is also the author of the definitive textbook on the many facets of care for thyroid eye disease.
Currently, Dr. Douglas is the Director of the Orbital and Thyroid Eye Disease program at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has held positions at the UCLA School of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.
Dr. Douglas graduated with academic distinction from the University of Pennsylvania and began his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a sub-specialized fellowship in Orbital Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Dr. Douglas’ training and experience has earned a reputation for his customized approach to rehabilitation, which has led to safer treatments with less scarring and significantly faster recoveries. He sees patients nationally and internationally and is committed to providing each patient with an individualized treatment plan on how to best restore their health, vitality and appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is oculoplastic surgery?
Oculoplastic surgery refers to procedures involving the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and the facial areas surrounding the eyes. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has completed additional training that focuses on the management of eyelid abnormalities, tearing problems, and orbital disease. This training involves understanding myriad details of the eye, eyelids, and facial region around the eye.
Who is a good candidate for oculoplastic surgery?
Oculoplastic surgery covers a wide range of procedures. Some of these are reconstruction procedures, such as in orbital decompression surgery, and others may be cosmetic, such as eyelid surgery. Some may be a little of both, as in an eyebrow lift that is cosmetically unappealing and is also beginning to impede vision. Dr. Douglas focuses solely on reconstructive procedures, although there are aesthetic considerations involved in every situation as well. The value of having an oculoplastic surgeon such as Dr. Douglas perform any procedures in and around the eyes, is the degree of training and expertise in this specific area.
What is a typical recovery timeline for oculoplastic surgeries?
Obviously, your recovery is wholly dependent upon what surgery was performed. Most of Dr. Douglas’s procedures are very intricate and are unique to each patient. During the process of consultation, we’ll be able to provide an idea of how your recovery would progress. The important thing for these recoveries, regardless of the surgery performed, will be to limit blood pressure to the face. This means the patient will need to refrain from lifting anything more than a couple pounds, not perform any strenuous exercise, and avoid bending over for a period of time during recovery.
Is there scarring after oculoplastic surgery?
Dr. Douglas is not only an expert in a wide variety of oculoplastic procedures, but he is very skilled at hiding any incisions in the natural creases available in the skin. These procedures usually have little, if any, visible scarring afterwards.
What happens during a consultation?
Your consultation will be the chance for Dr. Douglas to examine your condition and for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure, Dr. Douglas’s experience performing it, and anything else. The entire team at the International Orbital Institute is committed to personalized care. We often deal with patients who have not only had poor earlier experiences/results with other surgeons, but who also had to suffer through horrible customer service. Conditions such as Graves’ disease are difficult for the patient both aesthetically and physically. During your consultation, Dr. Douglas will examine your condition, ask you about your past medical history and the final result you would like to see. Then, together, the two of you will start down the path of correcting your problem and moving forward with your life.