About Us

Dr. Carlos R. Pou is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology as well as in Cosmetic Facial Surgery by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He is also Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and other prestigious organizations. In 2007, Dr. Pou achieved the accreditation of his clinical facility and in-office surgical operating room, Instituto Cirugia Orbitofacial, by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accreditation definitely distinguishes his practice as one that meets the highest standards and the only one presently accredited by this prestigious organization in the Island.

Dr. Pou has offered his clinical and surgical services for a period of 17 years caring for children and adults in his subspecialty areas. These include cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery, endoscopic eyebrow surgery, face and neck lift as well as facial reconstructive procedures among others. He also performs strabismus as well as orbital surgery in both populations. His main areas of interest are small incision surgical techniques to address cosmetic improvement of the eyelids, eyebrows, face and neck. Dr. Pou is one of the pioneers and has practiced advanced surgical techniques for lower eyelid surgery utilizing orbital fat reposition for more than 12 years. He is also proficient in mastering different technical approaches for strategic volume replacement utilizing injectable implants for facial rejuvenation. He has really reaffirmed himself as one of the premiere surgeons in Puerto Rico mastering this non-surgical facial rejuvenation skill. In order to be able to offer the full spectrum of options he has incorporated different technologies into his practice to attend facial laxity and skin hyperpigmentation and vascular blemishes, among others. His human quality and professional excellence had been the key ingredient to achieve a successful career and develop the prestigious Instituto Cirugía Orbitofacial.



July 96- June 97                                 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/

                                                           The Mount Sinai Medical Center

                                                           Cleveland, Ohio

                                                           Ophthalmic/Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


July 95- July 96                                 University of Michigan

                                                          W.K. Kellogg Eye Center

                                                          Ann Arbor. Michigan

                                                          Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus


July 92 – July 95                               University of Puerto Rico

                                                          Department of Ophthalmology

                                                          San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                          Ophthalmology Residency

July 91 – July 92                               University District Hospital

                                                          University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

                                                          San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                          Flexible Internship


July 89 – June 91                               University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

                                                           San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                           Medicine Doctor Degree

July 87 – July 89                                Ponce School of Medicine

                                                           Ponce, Puerto Rico



August 84 – May 87                          College of the Holy Cross

                                                           Worcester, Massachusetts

                                                           Premedical Program \ Biology Major


May 98 – November 2002                 University of Puerto Rico

                                                           Department of Ophthalmology

                                                           Assistant Professor

                                                           Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Section  

                                                           Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Section

July 95 – June 96                               University of Michigan Medical Center

                                                           W.K Kellogg Eye Center

                                                           Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                                           Lecturer with Faculty Status


February 2019                                  Live Injection Course Panelist-Patient Demonstration

                                                         Neuromodulators and Fillers

                                                         American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

                                                         Orlando, Florida

October 2018                                   Live Injector

         Allergan Master Injection Course

                                                         San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 2018                                  Live Injection Course Panelist-Patient Demonstration

                                                         Neuromodulators and Fillers

                                                         American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

                                                         Las Vegas, Nevada

May 2015                                         Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society Convention

                                                          Wyndham Hotel, Rio Grande, PR

                                                          ‘Sculptra Applications’

May 2013                                         Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society Convention

                                                          Conquistador Hotel. Fajardo, PR

                                                          ‘The Role of Fillers in Oculoplastics’

May 2012                                          Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society Convention

                                                          La Concha Hotel, San Juan, PR

                                                          “Facial Rejuvenation in Oculoplastic Surgery”

                                                          Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society Convention

                                                          Ophthalmic Technicians Symposium

                                                          “Pediatric Ophthalmology Pearls”

                                                            La Concha Hotel, San Juan, PR

June 2004                                          Oncology Symposium 2004

                                                           American Cancer Society of Puerto Rico, Inc. 

                                                           Inter-Continental San Juan Resort & Casino

                                                           “Malignant Dermatologic Lesions of the Periocular and Facial Area-

                                                           Reconstructive Surgical Alternatives”   

May 2004                                          35th Annual Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society Convention

                                                           Paradisus Hotel, Rio Grande, PR

                                                           “Orbital Fat Reposition in Transconjunctival Lower Eyelid  



March 2003                                       34th Panamerican Congress of Ophthalmology

                                                           Caribe Hilton Hotel/San Juan, PR

                                                           Update in Pediatric Ophthalmology: “Pediatric Oculoplastics”

December 2002                                 Workshop on Botox for Cosmetic Applications

                                                           Official Speaker Allergan Sales LLC/ PR Ophthalmology Society

                                                           Caribe Hilton Hotel/San Juan, PR 

August 2002                                      Workshop on Botox for Cosmetic Applications

                                                           Official Speaker Allergan Sales LLC/ PR Ophthalmological Society

                                                           Caribe Hilton Hotel/San Juan, PR

May 2002                                           33th Annual Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society Convention

                                                           Hyatt Regency Cerromar/ Dorado, PR

                                                           “Reconstruction of Facial and Periocular Defects after MOHS                         


May 2002                                          Pavia Health Pediatric Convention

                                                          Embassy Suites Hotel/ Dorado, PR 

          “The Red Eye in the Pediatric Patient: Diagnosis and Treatment”


April 2001                                          2001 Puerto Rico Optometric Congress

                                                            Condado Plaza Hotel/ San Juan, PR

“Reconstructive Management of Periocular Defects after MOHS Surgical Removal of Cancerous Cutaneous Lesions”                                                



November 1999                                 30th Annual Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society Convention

                                                           Westin Riomar, Río Grande, PR

                                                           “The Revolution of Medial Canthopexy”

August 1999                                      Guest International Speaker

                                                           Pediatric Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

                                                           Sinaloa Pediatric Hospital

                                                           Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

April 1999                                          Guest International Speaker

                                                           3er Congress XV Scientific Summit Dr. Maireni Cabral

                                                           Hospital Center Dr. Luis E. Aybar

                                                           Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

November 1998                                 Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society

                                                           Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

                                                           “The Practical Approach to the Tearing Patient”

October 1997                                     University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

                                                           University District Pediatric Hospital Alumni 7th Annual


                                                           Dorado, Puerto Rico

                                                           “Management of Children Eye Inflammation”

October 1996                                     American Association of Certified Orthoptist National Meeting

                                                           Chicago, Illinois

                                                            “Surgical Response of Ocular Torticollis in Patients with Vertical

                                                            Null Zone Nystagmus”

November 1995                                 Lecture to Ophthalmic Technicians State of Michigan

                                                           University of Michigan W.K Kellogg Eye Center

                                                           Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                                            “Common Operative Procedures in Pediatric Ophthalmology”

November 1994                                  Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Section Annual Convention

                                                            Fajardo, Puerto Rico

                                                            Resident Lecture: “Dacryoadenitis: Can it become a Clinical


January 1994                                      Presentation to the Rheumatology Department:

                                                           University District Hospital/ University of Puerto Rico School of               


                                                           San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                           “Ocular Manifestations of Rheumatic Diseases”


April 2017                                       Radiesse Certified Hand Injector

                                                        San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                        Merz North America, Inc.

February 2017                                 Cellfina System-Cellulite Technology

                                                         Certified Physician Provider

                                                         Merz North America Inc.

March 2015                                       Ulthera Technology

                                                          Certified Physician Provider

                                                          Ulthera Inc./Merz North America Inc.

April 2014                                         Accreditation Association for Ambulatory                                                                                                    

                                                         Health Care (AAAHC) Certified Facility-Ambulatory Surgical Center

                                                         Instituto Cirugía Orbitofacial

                                                         San Juan, PR

October 2011                                      Liposuction, Fat Grafting and Abdominoplasty

                                                            Under Local Anesthesia/AACS

                                                            Bayonne, New Jersey

October 2011                                      Scupltra Aesthetic

       Sanofi Aventis

       In Office Hands On Training Program

       Guaynabo, PR

January 2011                                       Annual Board Review Course

                                                            The Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery:

                                                            A Complete Review on Cosmetic Surgery/AACS

                                                            Phoenix, Arizona

May 2010                                            New and Basic Approaches in Cellulite Treatment and Liposuction


                                                            New York, NY

January 2008                                       Radiesse Medical Education Faculty

Advanced Peer-led training program from the Radiesse Medical Education Faculty

Bioform Medical Education

September 2007                                  Complementary Facial Fat Grafting and Purse String Facelifting

                     Live Surgery Workshop/AACS

                     Highland Park, NJ

April 2007                                           American Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)

                                                            Certified Facility-Office Based Surgical OR

                                                            Instituto Cirugía Orbitofacial

                                                            San Juan, PR

September 2006                                  Total Facial Rejuvenation Live Surgery Workshop/AACS

                                                            Tulsa. OK

June 2005                                            Facial Cosmetic Surgery 2005: A Multi-Specialty Symposium

                                                            Las Vegas, NV

January 2005                                       Scultping Faces 2005/ Edward Terino, MD

                                                             Indian Wells, CA

September 2003                                  Total Facial Rejuvenation-Endoscopes and Implants for the Face-                                                                           

                                                             Live Surgery Workshop/AACS

                                                             Tulsa, OK

March 2003                                        The Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery: A Complete Review Board                                    

                                                            Examination Preparation Course /AACS

                                                            Dallas, Texas

April 2002                                           All About Faces Workshop and Live Surgery

                                                            American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery/AACS

                                                            Washington, DC

March 2001                                         The Hand On Endoscopic Plastic Surgery Educational Seminars on 

                                                             Face and the Body/ Nicanor G. Isse, MD/ EPSES

                                                             Los Angeles, California


June 2014-2016          American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE)

                                    Financial Benchmark National Enrollment

September 2016          Official Allergan Speaker

March 2016                Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

June 2011                    Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery/

           Facial Cosmetic Surgery

January 2008               Recertification Diplomate American Board of Ophthalmology

June 2003                    Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

October 2001              Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

August 1998                Certification on Coherent CO2 Laser for Aesthetic Applications

November 1997           Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology

July 1997                     Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Medical License

July 1992                     Diplomate of the National Boards of Medical Examiners


2012-2017                                         The Doctor’s Choice Award

                                                          Casiano Communications, Inc./ Buena Vida Magazine

                                                          Most Outstanding Doctors Puerto Rico

                                                          Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

2010-2016                                         Silver Partner

                                                          Allergan Partner Privileges

2001                                                  The Doctor’s Choice Award

                                                          Casiano Communications, Inc./ Buena Vida Magazine

                                                          Most Outstanding Doctors Puerto Rico

                                                          Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

1997                                                  Distinguished Alumni Academia Cristo Rey High School                                          

                                                          Medicine and Science

                                                          Ponce, Puerto Rico

1996                                                  Fellowship Grant for the Development of Medical Faculty        

                                                          University of Puerto Rico


1995                                                  Carl Guengo Memorial Award, Recognition of Ophthalmic

                                                          Excellence as Resident.                               

                                                          Awarded by the Puerto Rico Medical Association,

                                                          University of Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Department and Medico

          Instruments Inc.

1993                                                   Bausch and Lomb Award. The Top OKAP Grade of the program

                                                           ( 95th percentile among first level residents)


Fellow of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Puerto Rico Ophthalmology Society

Editorial Board Ocular Surgery News(OSN)- Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Surgery Section (2003-2006)

Board Member Puerto Rico Mutual Defense Company (2004-2009)


Peer Review publication

Levine MR, Pou CR, Lash RH: Evisceration: Is Sympathetic Ophthalmia a Concern in the New Millenium. J Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 15:4-8, 1999

Pou CR, Serrano F, Levine MR, Picó- Santiago G: Cicatricial Disorders of the Conjunctival- Surgical Management.  In Nesi FA, Lisman RD, Levine MR, editors: Smith’s Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Second Edition.  St. Louis, MO 1998, Mosby Year Book, Inc. p 1172-1192.

Pou Vendrell CR, Ramírez- Ronda CH: Cytomegalovirus Retinitis in AIDS patients: A Clinical Review.  Boletin Asociación Médica de Puerto Rico 86: 6267. 1994.

Non – Peer Review Publication

Pou Vendrell CR, Archer SM: Retinoma.  Ophthalmology World News 2(1): 18 January 1996.

Pou CR.  Oculoplastics: Lacrimal Drainage System.  Slack, Inc. www.ophthalmic.hyperguides.com. July 2001.