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"Our goal has been simple from day one; we are here to serve the doctors and patients of Kentucky." -David E. Cowen, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Cowen is a highly trained and specialized surgeon who concentrates on the management of deformities and abnormalities of the eyelids, the lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (bony cavity surrounding the eye) and the adjacent facial area. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), having completed one of very few available fellowships in this specialty.

David E. Cowen, M.D., F.A.C.S


Dr. David Cowen graduated, with distinction, from the University of Kentucky Medical School in 1988.  After serving an Internship and Ophthalmology Residency, he completed two fellowships, one in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto followed by a Fellowship in Craniofacial Plastic Surgery in Toronto, Canada.  He later served as the Director of Oculoplastic Surgery and Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, training residents and other physicians in diseases and surgery of the eyelid, lacrimal (tear) system and orbit.  In November of 2000, he left the University of Kentucky and founded the Center for Oculoplastic Surgery & Aesthetics Skin Care.


Dr. Cowen continues to educate through invited lectures at professional organizations locally, regionally and nationally.  Currently, the majority of his efforts are directed to the delivery of medical and surgical care in oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital diseases, including cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, and face.


In addition to his Lexington office, Dr. Cowen has expanded his practice to include service to the communities of Eastern and Southern Kentucky.  Dr. Cowen’s passion for serving others extends beyond his practice.  He travels with mission groups providing care to people and educating local surgeons on surgical care and techniques.  Dr. Cowen is board certified in Ophthalmology.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.




Community Service


Dr. Cowen’s vision and passion to provide superior care to the doctors and people of Kentucky out of a desire to serve and to educate is one of the reasons he decided to go into private practice in 2000.  Outside of his service to Kentuckians, Dr. Cowen has served on mission trips in third world countries taking his service to the people. Dr. Cowen also provides service by participating with Surgery on Sundays, a non-profit organization that provides free outpatient surgical services to income eligible individuals and families who do not have health insurance and are not eligible for federal or state assistance.


Dr. Cowen has traveled to China, Haiti,Thailand and Mexico to serve those who are less fortunate and are unable to receive adequate medical care in their native lands.  Through surgical care and surgical training Dr. Cowen has made it possible for physicians abroad to continue providing medical care to these patients.   Dr. Cowen has traveled with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission and His Servants Hands.

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