Ronald Mancini, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive plastic surgery around the eye (oculoplastics), orbital surgery, and oculofacial cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Mancini earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he was Chief Resident. He received advanced training in oculofacial and orbital surgery through a fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in facial cosmetic surgery through a separate fellowship with a private practice group in Santa Monica.

He then joined the faculty at UCLA and conducted a private practice, treating patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Santa Barbara.

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010.

Dr. Mancini’s clinical interests include orbital and ophthalmic plastic surgery, nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, and ophthalmic oncology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He serves on the boards of the ASOPRS Technology and Education committees and is on the editorial board of Prime: International Journal of Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine.

He has published more than 70 abstracts and peer-reviewed publications and delivered scores of international, national, and regional presentations.

In 2012, he was named a Texas Rising Star, a peer-selected award in Texas Monthly’s Super Doctors edition. He has been listed as a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly every year since.

Meet Dr. Mancini

Oculoplastic Surgeon

Prior to relocating to Dallas in 2010 and joining the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, oculoplastic and cosmetic facial surgeon Ronald Mancini, M.D., practiced in Beverly Hills, one of the most image-conscious communities in the U.S.

“Less is definitely more when it comes to facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, especially around the eye,” says Dr. Mancini, an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern. “Whether having surgery to rejuvenate the eye area or to remove an eyelid tumor, patients want natural results achieved in the least invasive way possible.”

Dr. Mancini specializes in minimally invasive plastic surgery around the eye (oculoplastics), orbital surgery, and oculofacial cosmetic surgery.

“I’m an ophthalmologist first and foremost,” says Dr. Mancini, who completed two fellowships in orbital and ophthalmic plastic surgery and cosmetic facial plastic surgery.

"Through the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques requiring smaller incisions, we can now do what previously wasn’t possible in plastic and reconstructive surgery around the eye," he notes.

Treating the full spectrum of problems that can occur around the eye, Dr. Mancini sees patients with orbit trauma and fractures,and a variety of tumors of the eyelids and orbit. He improves patients’ vision with techniques to repair droopy eyelids (ptosis) and performs eyelid and brow surgery to lessen signs of aging (including brow lifts and upper/lower blepharoplasty). In addition, he is an expert at using a technique known as dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), which he performs endoscopically with no skin incision to bypass an obstructed tear duct.

“No matter what type of surgery I perform, I use the smallest incisions possible to minimize scarring. These include endoscopic procedures with no external incisions,” says Dr. Mancini, who also offers patients nonsurgical options to rejuvenate the eye area.

“Today’s fillers, such as Restylane®, are great at minimizing the loss of volume and elasticity around the eye. Coupled with Botox® or Xeomin®, patients benefit from the convenience of an office visit for periocular rejuvenation, instead of outpatient surgery.”

For Dr. Mancini, working individually with a patient to decide which option is best – surgical or otherwise – is key.

Part of UT Southwestern’s Skull Base Surgery Program, Dr. Mancini teams up with physicians across several specialties to treat patients with the most difficult problems. His colleagues in the program include otolaryngologists (head and neck surgeons), neurosurgeons, neuro-ophthalmologists, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, and pathologists.

The combined expertise of the physicians in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Skull Base Surgery Program “is something you’d have only in an academic setting like UT Southwestern,” he says. “That’s what makes this one of the most stimulating places to work, on some of the toughest problems.”

Prior to joining UT Southwestern, Dr. Mancini was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he joined the CRISP Foundation surgical team. A humanitarian organization, CRISP (Children’s Rehabilitation Institute and Surgery Program) organizes biannual trips to Central America to assist children with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates.

Dr. Mancini is also an active participant in the education of residents and fellows in the Department of Ophthalmology. He has mentored second- and third-year ophthalmology residents and is the program director of the ASOPRS oculoplastic surgery fellowship.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Jules Stein Eye Institute (2008-2009), Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Fellowship - Jules Stein Eye Institute (2006-2008), Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Residency - Medical College of Wisconsin (2003-2006), Ophthalmology
  • Internship - Roger Williams General Hospital (2002-2003), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Tufts University School of Medicine (2000-2002)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, 2013, 2021-2022
  • Board of Directors 2013, Cosmetic Surgery Foundation, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Super Doctors® Rising Stars℠ 2013, Texas Monthly magazine special advertising section
  • Board Member 2011, Information Technology Cmte. of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011-2014
  • Consumers’ Research Council of America 2011, America’s Top Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow 2010, American College of Surgeons
  • Webster Paper Award 2008, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Excellence in Research Award 2007, Jules Stein Eye Institute Annual Clinical and Research Seminar, Los Angeles, CA
  • small incision and minimally invasive oculoplastic surgical techniques
  • fat transfer and grafting techniques

Clinical Focus

  • Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation
  • Oculofacial Surgery
  • Ocular oncology
  • Cosmetic (Aesthetic) Surgery
  • Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Medical Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Head & Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Treatment of Head & Neck Cancers
  • Skin Cancer
  • Surgical Treatment of Benign Head & Neck Conditions
  • Facial Paralysis Surgery & Restoration
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Laser & Skin Care
  • Non-Surgical Treatment Options
  • Facial Trauma
  • Melanoma
  • Head & Neck Cancers

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Q&A by Dr. Mancini