Ali Mokhtarzadeh, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Ali Mokhtarzadeh

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-4654

Fax 612-626-7882

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences
420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 493
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0501

MD, University of Minnesota

Ophthalmology Residency, University of Minnesota

Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery Fellowship, University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic


Awards & Recognition

University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences Fellow Research Award (2014-2015)

Fairview Champions of Care: Recognized by a patient who made a gift to the Fairview Foundation through the Champion of Care Program. (2015)

Resident Representative (Chief Resident) – University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology (2010-2011)

University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology Harry Plotke Award for the resident best exemplifying clinical skills, compassion and concern for the patient (2010-2011)

Oculoplastics Award Recipient – recognizing outstanding surgical skills and aptitude in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery (2010)


Research Summary/Interests

Eyelid and orbital disease


Book Chapters

  • Koch CA, Mokhtarzadeh A, Bradley EA, Larrabee W. Ptosis Repair. In: Facial Surgery: Plastic and Reconstructive, 2nd ed. Hadlock T and Cheney M, ed. Williams and Wilkins. 2014
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Park J, Harrison AR. Ptosis. In: Neurologic Differential Diagnosis: A Case-Based Approach. Ettinger AB and Weisbrot DM, ed. Cambridge University Press. 2014

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Wang Y, Ryu CL, Mokhtarzadeh A, Lee M, Harrison A, McClelland CM. Optic Nerve Sheath Fenestration for Treatment of Retrolaminar Silicone Oil Migration. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Mar/Apr;35(2):e31-e34.
  • Olson RM, Mokhtarzadeh A, McLoon LK, Harrison AR. Effects of repeated eyelid injections with botulinum toxin A on innervation of treated muscles in patients with blepharospasm. Current Eye Res. 2018; DOI: 10.1080/02713683.2018.1543707.
  • Radke PM, Mokhtarzadeh A, Lee MS, Harrison AR. Medical Cannabis, a Beneficial High in Treatment of Blepharospasm? An Early Observation. Neuroophthalmology. 2017;41(5):253-258.
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Maltry A, McClelland C. Waiting to deliver a final diagnosis. Surv Ophthalmol. 2017 Jul-Aug;62(4):583-586.
  • Tang PH, Mettu P, Maltry AC, Harrison AR, Mokhtarzadeh A. Giant Cell Tumor of the Frontal Bone Presenting as an Orbital Mass. Ophthalmol Ther. 2017 Jun;6(1):215-220.
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Harrison AR, Maltry AC. Malignant Orbital Melanoma Associated with Oculodermal Melanocytosis. Ophthalmology. 2017 Apr;124(4):561.
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Massry GG, Bitrian E, Harrison AR. Quantitative efficacy of external and internal browpexy performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty. Orbit. 2017 Apr;36(2):102-109.
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, McClelland C, Lee MS, Smith S, Harrison AR. The bleph and the brain: the effect of upper eyelid surgery on chronic headaches. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Mar 26. [Published ahead of print].
  • Radke PM, Maltry AC, Mokhtarzadeh A, Harrison AR. A unique ocular presentation of extragenital lichen sclerosus. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Mar 1. [Published ahead of print].
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, O'Neill JP, Cameron JD, Harrison AR. Reply: Granulocytic Sarcoma of the Orbit Presenting as a Fulminant Orbitopathy in an Adult with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Sep-Oct;31(5):421-2
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Lee EW, Barahimi BI, Lee MS, Harrison AR. Placement of an eyelid weight as an upper lid spacer for lagophthalmos. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2015 (Ahead of Print)
  • Teo AA, Mokhtarzadeh A, Cameron JD, Harrison AR. Late Presentation of Enlarging Lower Eyelid Mass and Muscle Degeneration Secondary to Hyaluronic Acid Filler. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 (Ahead of print)
  • O’Neill JP, Harrison AR, Cameron JD, Mokhtarzadeh A. Granulocyctic Sarcoma of the Orbit Presenting as a Fulminant Orbitopathy in an Adult With Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 (Ahead of print)
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Harrison AR. Controversies and Advances in the Management of Congenital Ptosis. Expert Review of Ophthalmology. 2015;10(1):59-63.
  • Kaufman SC, Mokhtarzadeh A, Koozekanani DD, Meduri A. Reply: Delayed presentation of retained nuclear fragment following phacomulsificiation cataract extreaction. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014; 40(10):1752-3.
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Kaufman SC, Koozekanani DD, Meduri A. Delayed presentation of retained nuclear fragment following phacoemulsification cataract extraction. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014; 40(4):671-4
  • Mokhtarzadeh A, Garrity JA, Cloft HJ. Recurrent Orbital Varices Following Surgical Excision With and Without Prior Embolization with n-Butyl Cyanoacrylate. Am J Ophthalmol. 2014;157(2):447-450
  • Harrison AR, Mokhtarzadeh A, Melicher Larson JS, et al. Primary orbital manifestation of Hodgkin's lymphoma in a 3 year old child. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010;26(6):494-6. 
  • Spinner RJ, Mokhtarzadeh A, Schiefer TK, et al. The clinico-anatomic explanation for tibial intraneural ganglion cysts arising from the superior tibiofibular joint. Skeletal Radiol. 2007;36(4):281-92.
  • Tahoe NM, Mokhtarzadeh A, Curtsinger JW. Age Related RNA Decline in Adult Drosophila melanogaster. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2004;59A(9): 896-901