Alison Callahan, MD

Boston's Top Board-Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon

Dr. Alison Callahan joined DermWellesley in the fall of 2021 and is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Center for Aesthetic Eyelid and Facial Surgery at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Callahan is a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon and one of Boston’s premier cosmetic surgeons. While she is trained to perform a variety of surgeries, she has particular expertise in procedures involving the eyelids and surrounding areas. Her surgeries address drooping eyelids and brows, baggy and puffy lower lids and eyelid reconstruction after removal of skin cancers. Her ophthalmology training combined with 10 years of successful clinical practice allows Dr. Callahan to maximize surgical results leading to a natural more youthful appearance.

In addition to cosmetic eyelid surgery, Dr. Callahan has a large practice devoted to minimally invasive treatments such as Botox and injectable fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm. As a specialist in both cosmetic eyelid surgery as well as injectables, Dr. Callahan is in a unique position to help patients look their best by offering both surgical and non-surgical options.

Dr. Allison Callahan's Education, Achievements, & Background

Dr. Callahan has extensive training from several of the nation’s best medical schools. After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University, Dr. Callahan went on to complete her medical degree at Columbia University where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Harvard University and then went on to complete a 2-year subspecialty fellowship training in Manhattan at Columbia, Cornell, New York University and Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital. 

Dr. Callahan is an active member within her field and enjoys participating in and moderating expert panel discussions at local and national conferences. She continues to contribute to numerous publications, research articles and chapters in the field of plastic and reconstructive eyelid surgery. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Callahan is board certified in Ophthalmology and fellowship trained and certified in oculoplastic surgery by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). ASOPRS requires members to first complete a two year approved fellowship training program then pass a written and oral examination and write a scientific thesis on original research. Only 20 or so surgeons are trained each year and only approximately 700 members worldwide have passed all criteria and become certified.

Why Choose an Oculoplastic Surgeon?

The Oculoplastic Surgery subspecialty focuses on cosmetic and reconstructive aspects of the eyelids and face, along with disorders of the lacrimal (tearing) system and orbit (the bony cavity surrounding the eye). Oculoplastic surgeons spend the first three years of training in ophthalmology mastering the care of the eye and surrounding tissues, then spend an additional two years concentrating on plastic surgery techniques involving the full face. This combination of training allows oculoplastic surgeons to maximize aesthetic results while always assuring the health and safety of the eyes. Most would agree that the eyes are the center of focus on the face, and no other type of cosmetic surgeon has as much experience in rejuvenating the eyes and surrounding areas.

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