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Andrew R. Harrison, M.D.

Associate Professor
Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences and Otolaryngology
Director, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service
Co-Director, Center for Thyroid Eye Disease
Andrew R. Harrison, M.D.

Contact Information

Clinic Appt: (612) 625-4400
Office: (612) 625-4654
Fax: (612) 626-3119


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

For Clinic, Appointment, and Referral information visit University of Minnesota Physicians

Patient Care

Dr. Harrison treats patients for various neuro-ophthalmic problems as well as those requiring oculoplastic surgery. His special interests include muscle spasm disorders of the eyelids and face; thyroid eye disease; eyelid reconstruction, and cosmetic eyelid surgery.


  • Botulism as treatment for eye disorders
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Oculoplastics
  • Optic nerve injury

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Missouri
Internship: Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Residency: University of Minnesota
Fellowships: University of Minnesota; Oregon Health Sciences University

Honors and Awards

Best Teacher Award, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Minnesota, 2002

American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research Award, 2002

Mpls/St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors in the Twin Cities 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008

Consumer Research Council of America Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Best Doctors in America 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Merrill Reeh Pathology Award, 2005

American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2007

Published Works

Lee EW, Nelson ER, *Harrison AR. Pituitary Macroadenoma presenting as a brow mass. Ophth Plast Reconst Surg 2009

Dewan M, Harrison AR, Lee MS. Apraclonidine may not identify acute Horner syndrome. Can J Ophthalmol 2009; 44(1): 109-10.

Lee EW, Holtebeck A, *Harrison AR. Infection Rates in Outpatient Eyelid Surgery. Ophth Plast Reconst Surg 2009; 25(2): 109-111.

Saylor M, Lee MS, McLoon LK, Harrison AR. Experimental and clinical evidence for brimonidine as an optic nerve and retinal protective agent: an evidence based review. Arch Ophthalmol 2009; 127(4): 402-6.

Decanini-Mancera A, Harrison AR, Lee MS. Another case of leber hereditary optic neuropathy in an octagenarian. J Neuroophthalmol. 2009; 29(2):159-60.

Repka MX, Chandler DL, Holmes JM, Hoover DL, Morse CL, Schloff S, Silbert DI, Tien DR; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group.Balloon catheter dilation and nasolacrimal duct intubation for treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction after failed probing. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 May;127(5):633-9.

Yomtoob DE, Dewan MA, Lee MS, *Harrison AR. Comparison of pain scores with 30 gauge and 32 gauge needles for periocular botulinum toxin type A injections Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2009; 25(5): 376-7.

Bothun EB, Scheurer RA, Harrison AR, Lee MS. Update on Thyroid Eye Disease and Management, Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology, 2009;3:543-51.

Harrison AR, Lee MS, McLoon LK. The Effect of Elevated Thyroid Hormone on Myosin Heavy Chain Isoform Expression in Populations of Myofibers in Rabbit Extraocular Muscles, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2009 Jul 23 [Epub ahead of print]

Mellema PA, Dewan MA, Lee MS, Smith SD, *Harrison AR. Incidence of Ocular Injury in Asymptomatic Orbital Fractures. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Jul-Aug;25(4):306-8.