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About Dr. Michael J. Richard


THE ART OF COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE OCULOPLASTIC SURGERY


Dr. Michael J. Richard

Dr. Michael Richard is a board- certified ophthalmologist specializing in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Richard has over 10 years of experience focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the upper and lower eyelids and face.

Dr. Richard joins Dr. Janet Neigel at the Neigel Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Florham Park and Rutherford, from one of the most prestigious eye centers in the nation- Duke Eye Center, in Durham, North Carolina.

During his time at Duke, Dr. Richard was an Assistant Professor with appointments in both the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Plastic Surgery. He taught surgery to numerous residents and fellows and was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in 2011. While Dr. Richard still travels to the Durham VA Medical Center once per month to treat patients and teach residents and fellows, the Neigel Center in New Jersey is where he now practices full-time. Dr. Richard has written dozens of scholarly articles and has lectured around the world.

Dr. Richard has expertise in a broad range of medical and surgical conditions, including cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery, blepharospasm, orbital tumors, tear duct surgery, skin cancers, ocular surface cancer, thyroid eye disease, and orbital and facial trauma.

A Message from Dr. Richard

“Droopy Eyelids and How They Can Be Corrected”

Dr. Richard is also a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon who performs both surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures using lasers, injectable fillers, and neuromodulators. These include laser skin resurfacing, Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Kybella, Belotero, and Radiesse. Patients find Dr. Richard to be very humble, compassionate, competent, and caring, such that he has been honored to receive the "Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award" several times during his career.

Dr. Richard joined renowned Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Janet Neigel in both her Florham Park and Rutherford locations in March of 2016. Together, they have over 40 years experience in Oculoplastic and Facial Surgery. Both Dr. Neigel and Dr. Richard share a common goal to provide their patients with exceptional and personalized care at every visit. If you're considering any ocular, reconstructive, or facial rejuvenation procedures, it is important to be in trusting, experienced, and skilled hands.

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Education

  • 1991-1995 Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
    BA, Human Biology
  • 1997-2001 Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
    MD, with Honors
  • 2001-2002 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Internship, Medicine
  • 2002-2005 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Residency, Ophthalmology
  • 2005-2006 Duke University, Durham, NC Fellowship, Oculoplastic Surgery

Teaching Appointments

2006-present Assistant Professor, Duke University Departments of Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery

Awards and Honors

  • Elizabeth K. Moyer Anatomical Sciences Award, Boston University, 2001
  • Patients' Choice Award 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition 2011, 2012
  • Teacher of the Year, Duke Eye Center 2011

Professional Membership

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
  • Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ
  • St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
  • MALO Ambulatory Surgery Center, Rutherford, NJ
  • Eltra Surgical Center, Florham Park, NJ
  • Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC

Insurances Accepted

  • AETNA
  • MEDICARE
  • CIGNA
  • HORIZON
  • UNITED

About Dr. Richard's Philanthropy & Volunteering

Dr. Richard is actively involved in international philanthropic work as an affiliate of the Himalayan Cataract Project (http://www.cureblindness.org). He has traveled to Nepal, Ethiopia, and Cuba to provide medical care and training to local ophthalmologists. The focus of his work has been in Ethiopia where the Himalayan Cataract Project continues to support the formal training of Ethiopian oculoplastic surgeons by facilitating Ethiopian doctors to come to the US for an observership followed by hands-on training in Nepal. As of two years ago, there was only 1 formally-trained oculoplastic surgeon in Ethiopia for its 100 million inhabitants. The third Ethiopian oculoplastic surgeon will finish his training this year.