Michael Burnstine, MD

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology (Part-Time)

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Dr. Michael A. Burnstine remains one of the most highly certified and recognized professionals in the field. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with an MD and completed an internship program in medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Burnstine brought his surgical expertise to Ann Arbor in Michigan where he completed his ophthalmology residency at the Kellogg Eye Center. There, he served as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology. He also received additional experience in the form of fellowship training from Allen Putterman.

As a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Dr. Burnstine completed his fellowship training in these fields with the utmost in diligence and dedication. Dr. Burnstine is the Director of the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery fellowship at The USC Roski Eye Institute and an Associate Preceptor of the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Eyesthetica, both sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).

Dr. Burnstine has received numerous awards from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He received the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Merrill Reeh and Marvin Quickert awards from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

In print media, Dr. Burnstine is a major contributor in numerous journals and text books. He provided information and data that advanced the field of oculofacial surgery and enhances the lives of patients around the world.

The USC Keck School of Medicine has also recognized Dr. Burnstine by naming him as an Associate Clinical Professor at the school. With this honor, Dr. Burnstine is a certified expert who surpasses the minimal qualifications of becoming a great surgeon.

In his off time, Dr. Burnstine enjoys his marriage to singer and songwriter Diana Lorden and spending time with their two children.

Dr. Burnstine is available for patient consultations at the Eyesthetica Pasadena, Valencia, and Downtown Los Angeles offices.


  • USC Roski Eye Institute: Voluntary Faculty Award, 2015
  • AAO: Honor Award, 2004
  • Merrill Reeh Pathology Award, 2000
  • Quickert Award for ASOPRS Thesis, 1997
  • Honors College Award for Research, 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1986
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, 1986
  • James B. Angell Scholar, 1984-1986
  • Harvard Medical School: Class Honors, 1983-1986
  • Branstrom Freshman Prize, 1983


  • Oral Sedation Anesthesia Protocol for In-Office Oculoplastic Surgery Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2023 Nov 16. . View in PubMed
  • Multiple Cases of Facial Disfigurement From Filler Use and One Injector Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2023 Jul-Aug 01; 39(4):366-369. . View in PubMed
  • Reply Re: “Perioperative Considerations for Antithrombotic Therapy in Oculofacial Surgery: A Review of Current Evidence and Practice Guidelines” Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2023 Jul-Aug 01; 39(4):394-395. . View in PubMed
  • Re: “Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy Ptosis, Mueller’s Muscle Involvement, and a Review of Management Over 34 Years” Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2023 Jul-Aug 01; 39(4):395. . View in PubMed
  • Bilobed flap reconstruction after en-bloc removal of solitary fibrous tumor of the lacrimal sac Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2023 Jun; 30:101835. . View in PubMed
  • Implants and spacers for paralytic ectropion: Literature review and assessment of a thin-profile porous polyethylene implant Indian J Ophthalmol. 2023 02; 71(2):444-451. . View in PubMed
  • Perioperative Considerations for Antithrombotic Therapy in Oculofacial Surgery: A Review of Current Evidence and Practice Guidelines Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 May-Jun 01; 38(3):226-233. . View in PubMed
  • Orbital schwannoma management: a case report, literature review, and potential paradigm shift Orbit. 2022 Feb; 41(1):15-27. . View in PubMed
  • Technique for modified transantral orbital decompression for improved cosmesis in stable thyroid eye disease Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2021 Nov; 50(11):1440-1442. . View in PubMed
  • Re: “Orbital Schwannoma Management and Clinical Outcomes” Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Jul-Aug 01; 37(4):388. . View in PubMed
  • Graded transantral orbital decompression outcomes in stable thyroid eye disease: a series of 47 orbits Orbit. 2021 Jun; 40(3):215-221. . View in PubMed
  • Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 May-Jun 01; 37(3):290-293. . View in PubMed
  • Myopathic Blepharoptoses: A New Classification System Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Nov/Dec; 35(6):525-534. . View in PubMed
  • Re: Kersten et al: Orbital “blowout” fractures: time for a new paradigm (Ophthalmology. 2018;125:796-798). Ophthalmology. 2018 12; 125(12):e87-e88. . View in PubMed
  • Malignant solitary fibrous tumor of the orbit: Spectrum of histologic features Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Apr; 5:7-10. . View in PubMed
  • On-Q pump for pain control after orbital implant surgery Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep-Oct; 30(5):396-9. . View in PubMed
  • PROSE scleral lens: a novel aid for staged eyelid reconstruction Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep-Oct; 30(5):e119-21. . View in PubMed
  • Treatment of symptomatic facial nerve paralysis with lower eyelid fascia lata suspension Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Mar; 129(3):569e-571e. . View in PubMed
  • Re: “Radiographic analysis of extraocular muscle volumetric changes in thyroid-related orbitopathy following orbital decompression” Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Mar-Apr; 27(2):144-5; author reply 145. . View in PubMed
  • White-eyed medial wall orbital blowout fracture Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jan-Feb; 26(1):44-6. . View in PubMed
  • Salivary duct carcinoma metastatic to eyelid and orbit-a case report Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2008 Aug; 246(8):1185-8. . View in PubMed
  • Orbitotemporal neurofibromatosis: classification and treatment Orbit. 2007 Dec; 26(4):223-8. . View in PubMed
  • New lacrimal cannula for probing and irrigation in the tearing patient Arch Ophthalmol. 2007 Mar; 125(3):419. . View in PubMed
  • Management of myopathic ptosis Ophthalmology. 2004 Feb; 111(2):411; author reply 411. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical recommendations for repair of orbital facial fractures Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2003 Oct; 14(5):236-40. . View in PubMed
  • Re: “Comparison of retrobulbar analgesics for evisceration” Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Sep; 19(5):411; author reply 411-2. . View in PubMed
  • Docetaxel-induced histologic changes in the lacrimal sac and the nasal mucosa Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Jul; 19(4):305-8. . View in PubMed
  • Squamous metaplasia of the canaliculi associated with 5-fluorouracil: a clinicopathologic case report Ophthalmology. 2002 Dec; 109(12):2359-61. . View in PubMed
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the limbus extending into the anterior segment Arch Ophthalmol. 2002 Aug; 120(8):1106-7. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical recommendations for repair of isolated orbital floor fractures: an evidence-based analysis Ophthalmology. 2002 Jul; 109(7):1207-10; discussion 1210-1; quiz 1212-3. . View in PubMed
  • Migration of intraocular silicone oil into the subconjunctival space and orbit through an Ahmed glaucoma valve Am J Ophthalmol. 2001 Dec; 132(6):929-31. . View in PubMed
  • Rhabdomyomatous mesenchymal hamartoma of the eyelid: report of a case and literature review Ophthalmology. 2001 Apr; 108(4):798-804. . View in PubMed
  • Glabellar rhytids in thyroid-associated orbitopathy Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 Mar; 17(2):91-5. . View in PubMed
  • Lacrimal canalicular diverticulum: a cause of epiphora and discharge Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2000 Nov; 16(6):471-2. . View in PubMed
  • Upper blepharoplasty: a novel approach to improving progressive myopathic blepharoptosis Ophthalmology. 1999 Nov; 106(11):2098-100. . View in PubMed
  • Orbital fibroblast interleukin-6 gene expression and immunomodulation Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 Sep; 15(5):306-11. . View in PubMed
  • Cicatricial entropion caused by asymptomatic allergic conjunctivitis Orbit. 1999 Sep; 18(3):211-215. . View in PubMed
  • Iopidine allergy causing lower eyelid ectropion progressing to cicatricial entropion Br J Ophthalmol. 1999 Aug; 83(8):992-3. . View in PubMed
  • Lacrimal gland hemangiopericytoma Orbit. 1998 Sep; 17(3):179-188. . View in PubMed
  • Minimal endoscopic approach Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998 Jun; 124(6):711. . View in PubMed
  • Orbital fibroblast chemokine modulation: effects of dexamethasone and cyclosporin A Br J Ophthalmol. 1998 Mar; 82(3):318-22. . View in PubMed
  • Interleukin-8 and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 gene expression and protein production by human orbital fibroblasts Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 1998 Mar; 14(2):119-25. . View in PubMed
  • Autogenous fascia lata leg grafts for exposed scleral buckles Retina. 1998; 18(3):283-5. . View in PubMed
  • Cell-associated human retinal pigment epithelium interleukin-8 and monocyte chemotactic protein-1: immunochemical and in-situ hybridization analyses Exp Eye Res. 1997 Dec; 65(6):781-9. . View in PubMed
  • Wilson’s disease: presymptomatic patients and Kayser-Fleischer rings Ophthalmic Genet. 1997 Jun; 18(2):79-85. . View in PubMed
  • Reversal of iatrogenic punctal and canalicular occlusion Ophthalmology. 1997 Jun; 104(6):901-2. . View in PubMed
  • Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy following neck dissection Head Neck. 1997 Mar; 19(2):148-52. . View in PubMed
  • Regression of Kayser-Fleischer rings during oral zinc therapy: correlation with systemic manifestations of Wilson’s disease Cornea. 1996 Nov; 15(6):582-8. . View in PubMed
  • Golf-related ocular injuries Am J Ophthalmol. 1996 Apr; 121(4):437-8. . View in PubMed
  • Angiosarcoma metastatic to the orbit Arch Ophthalmol. 1996 Jan; 114(1):93-6. . View in PubMed
  • Inverted papillomas that invade the orbit Arch Ophthalmol. 1995 Sep; 113(9):1178-83. . View in PubMed
  • Periocular granuloma annulare, nodular typeOccurrence in late middle age. Arch Ophthalmol. 1994 Dec; 112(12):1590-3. . View in PubMed
  • Nucleolar organizer regions in optic gliomas Brain. 1993 Dec; 116 ( Pt 6):1465-76. . View in PubMed