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Donald Hollsten, MD FACS

Dr. Donald Hollsten is a Board Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon in South and Central Texas. He has been practicing medicine for over 35 years, starting his career in the military before moving to private practice in 1994. Throughout his career, Dr. Hollsten has been consistently recognized by his peers as an expert in his field with an exceptional skillset and bedside manner. He’s been highlighted as a Texas Super Doctor, chosen as one of the Best Doctors in America and has been awarded as one of Strathmore’s Who’s Who, an honor which recognizes individuals who demonstrate leadership and achievement in their industry and profession.


After growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Hollsten went to college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1973 with a degree in Engineering. He received his Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from the University of Minnesota, then completed a medical internship at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, a residency in Ophthalmology at Brooke Army Medical Center, and a fellowship in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Scheie Eye Institute.  Dr. Hollsten retired as a Colonel from the US Army in 1994 before moving to private practice.


Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center




Medical School



Brookes Army Medical Center






Board Certification


Board Certification

In addition to his full time work as a surgeon, he is a Clinical Professor with the Department of Ophthalmology and an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, both with UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Hollsten also started the first fellowship training program with the Ophthalmology Department at UT Health San Antonio, bringing Oculoplastic Fellows from around the country to train and practice in the South Central Texas Region.


Dr. Hollsten works closely with his patients one-on-one, discussing treatment options with them to address their individual reconstructive and aesthetic goals. His exceptional surgical skills, training and expertise have allowed him to see patients from all over the world, with patients traveling from as far as South Africa to be treated by him. He sees patients with insurance, private pay, and cosmetic needs for reconstructive, revisional, and trauma eye surgeries in South Central Texas and the surrounding regions.


On the weekends, Dr. Hollsten enjoys putting his engineering degree to work as an accomplished hobby woodworker and spending time with his wife, Lolli, four daughters, two Bichon Frises, three Grand-Pugs, and two Grand-Goldendoodles.


Super Doctors - Ophthalmology; Surgery, Cosmetic/Reconstructive (Texas Monthly)

Best Doctors in America (Honor selected by peers)

San Antonio Magazine- Best Doctors


SA Scene Best Doctors (Ophthalmology & Plastic Surgery)


Strathmore's Who's Who - For individuals who demonstrate leadership and achievement in their industry or profession

Military Honors

Army Commendation Medal: 1980, 1986

Meritorious Service Medal: 1986, 1993


Army Achievement Medal: 1994


Legion of Merit: 1995

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