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    M. Reza Vagefi, MD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentOphthalmology
    Address10 Koret Way
    San Francisco CA 94143
    Phone415-353-2142
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      Yale UniversityM.D.School of Medicine2002
      Stanford UniversityInternshipInternal Medicine2003
      University of California, San FranciscoResidencyOphthalmology2006
      Center for Facial AppearancesFellowshipOculofacial Plastic, Reconstructive & Orbital Surgery2008
      Collapse Awards and Honors
      Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania2010Surgical Teaching Award
      California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons2006Starr E. Shulman, MPA Fellowship

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      M. Reza Vagefi, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at University of California, San Francisco who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, tear drainage system, orbit and face. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in French, he completed medical school at Yale University. His internship training was performed at Stanford University followed by ophthalmology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. During his residency, he was awarded the Starr E. Shulman, MPA Fellowship by the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He then spent two additional years of intensive fellowship training in oculofacial plastic, reconstructive and orbital surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

      Dr. Vagefi began his career at the University of Pennsylvania in the division of Oculofacial Plastic Surgery in 2008. He also served as director of the oculofacial plastic service at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center. In this capacity, he was an invaluable asset to medical student, resident and fellow education. For his dedication to teaching, he received the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ophthalmology Surgical Teaching Award in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Vagefi accepted a position at the University of California, San Francisco.

      Dr. Vagefi is board certified and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). His areas of interests and expertise include aesthetic facial rejuvenation, disorders of the eyelid and tear drainage system, and orbital disease. He instructs fellows, residents and medical students at University of California, San Francisco, the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, and San Francisco General Hospital. His research interests include orbital inflammation, orbital rehabilitation, wound healing and novel surgical techniques. He is well published in peer reviewed journals and regularly presents at national meetings.

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      Blepharoplasty, Forehead Lifts, Midface Lifts, Aesthetic Eyelid Rejuvenation, Botox, Fillers, Chemical Peels, Eyelid Reconstruction, Eyelid Cancer, Ptosis Repair, Ectropion Repair, Entropion Repair, Lid Retraction Repair, Orbital Fracture Repair, Thyroid Eye Disease, Orbital Decompression, Orbital Tumors, Tear Drainage Surgery, Endoscopic and External DCR, Treatment of Blind Painful Eyes, Anophthalmic Socket Reconstruction, Blepharospasm, Hemifacial Spasm, Facial Dystonias

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      1. Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Brodie FL, Kersten RC, Russell MS, Vagefi MR. Retrobulbar Injection of Amphotericin B for Orbital Mucormycosis. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Oct 20. PMID: 27768642.
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      2. Eftekhari K, Shindler KS, Lee V, Dine K, Eckstein LA, Vagefi MR. Histologic Evidence of Orbital Inflammation from Retrobulbar Alcohol and Chlorpromazine Injection: A Clinicopathologic Study in Human & Rat Orbits. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jul-Aug; 32(4):302-4. PMID: 26068557.
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      3. Ali FS, Alsberge JB, Vagefi MR. Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma Presenting With Bilateral Compressive Optic Neuropathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 9; 134(6):e155494. PMID: 27281738.
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      4. DeParis SW, Grumbine FL, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Persistent Upgaze Restriction after Orbital Floor Fracture Repair. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2016 Sep; 9(3):268-70. PMID: 27516846.
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      5. Grumbine FL, Aderman C, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Orbital MRI Pre- and Post-Vemurafenib Therapy for Erdheim-Chester Disease. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Nov-Dec; 31(6):e169. PMID: 25886699.
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      6. Eftekhari K, Choe CH, Vagefi MR, Gausas RE, Eckstein LA. Oral methylphenidate for the treatment of refractory facial dystonias. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May-Jun; 31(3):e65-6. PMID: 25951177.
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      7. Grumbine FL, Deparis SW, Kersten RC, Vagefi MR. Delayed periocular hemorrhage after upper blepharoplasty. Orbit. 2015 Apr; 34(2):103-5. PMID: 25797846.
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      8. McClintic SM, Yoon MK, Bidar M, Dutton JJ, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Tissue necrosis following diode laser-assisted transcanalicular dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan-Feb; 31(1):e18-22. PMID: 24807803.
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      9. DeParis SW, Grumbine FL, Vagefi MR. Numbness of the forehead. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Aug; 132(8):1013-4. PMID: 25124949.
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      10. Kasi SK, Gorovoy IR, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. The oculocardiac reflex in an adult with a non-displaced orbital floor fracture. Orbit. 2014 Aug; 33(4):286-8. PMID: 24830832.
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      11. Menda SA, Kim HJ, Bloomer MM, Crawford JB, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Papillary cystadenocarcinoma of the lacrimal gland after radiation for bilateral retinoblastoma. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 May-Jun; 30(3):e57-9. PMID: 24807542.
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      12. Gorovoy IR, Vagefi MR, Russell MS, Gorovoy M, Bloomer MM, Glastonbury CM. Loss of contrast enhancement of the inferior rectus muscle on magnetic resonance imaging in acute fulminant invasive fungal sinusitis. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2014 Dec; 42(9):885-7. PMID: 24666541.
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      13. Desai SJ, Kim HJ, Kersten RC, Bloomer MM, Vagefi MR. Extrascleral spread of choroidal melanoma via tantalum marker suture track. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Dec; 131(12):1643-5. PMID: 24091899.
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      14. McClintic SM, Kim HJ, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Parameningeal alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma with metastases to all the extraocular muscles. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2014 Mar; 42(2):202-4. PMID: 23601630.
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      15. Levin MH, Moss HE, Pineles SL, Bagley LJ, Heuer GG, Zager EL, Balcer LJ, Galetta SL, Vagefi MR. Orbital congestion complicating treatment of cerebral vascular anomalies. World Neurosurg. 2014 Jul-Aug; 82(1-2):239.e13-7. PMID: 23369940; PMCID: PMC3766429.
      16. Gorovoy IR, Layer N, Kim HJ, Nobles SM, Stewart PJ, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Pilomatrixoma in a patient with bilateral retinoblastoma. J AAPOS. 2013 Feb; 17(1):103-4. PMID: 23313048.
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      17. Vagefi MR. Minimally invasive approaches to orbital volume augmentation. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013; 53(3):67-86. PMID: 23751433.
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      18. Walsh RD, Vagefi MR, McClelland CM, Alonso-Basanta M, Newman JG, Farkas T, Tamhankar MA. Primary adenoid cystic carcinoma of the orbital apex. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jan-Feb; 29(1):e33-5. PMID: 23034685.
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      19. Levin MH, Ney JJ, Venneti S, Moster ML, Balcer LJ, Volpe NJ, Gausas RE, Liu GT, Vagefi MR, Galetta SL. Optic nerve biopsy in the management of progressive optic neuropathy. J Neuroophthalmol. 2012 Dec; 32(4):313-20. PMID: 22684127.
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      20. Gorovoy IR, Kazanjian M, Kersten RC, Kim HJ, Vagefi MR. Fungal rhinosinusitis and imaging modalities. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2012 Oct; 26(4):419-26. PMID: 23961027; PMCID: PMC3729552.
      21. Choe CH, Eckstein LA, Vagefi MR. Orbital inflammation after dental procedures. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep-Oct; 28(5):e113-5. PMID: 22391741.
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      22. Buchanan AG, Holds JB, Vagefi MR, Bidar M, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Anterior filler displacement following injection of calcium hydroxylapatite gel (Radiesse) for anophthalmic orbital volume augmentation. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep-Oct; 28(5):335-7. PMID: 22965013.
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      23. Mahoney NR, Anderson RL, McCann JD, Kikkawa DO, Orlin SE, Vagefi MR. Self-induced facial excoriations and ocular trauma: a treatment dilemma. Br J Ophthalmol. 2012 Mar; 96(3):465-6. PMID: 22096140.
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      24. Vagefi MR, McMullan TF, Burroughs JR, Georgescu D, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Orbital augmentation with injectable calcium hydroxylapatite for correction of postenucleation/evisceration socket syndrome. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Mar-Apr; 27(2):90-4. PMID: 20683373.
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      25. Wu AY, Vagefi MR, Georgescu D, Burroughs JR, Anderson RL. Enduragen patch grafts for exposed orbital implants. Orbit. 2011 Mar; 30(2):92-5. PMID: 21438730.
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      26. Venneti S, Moss HE, Levin MH, Vagefi MR, Brozena SC, Pruitt AA, Mourelatos Z, Trojanowski JQ, Galetta SL, Balcer LJ. Asymmetric bilateral demyelinating optic neuropathy from tacrolimus toxicity. J Neurol Sci. 2011 Feb 15; 301(1-2):112-5. PMID: 21112060.
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      27. Georgescu D, Vagefi MR, Yang CC, McCann J, Anderson RL. Evisceration with equatorial sclerotomy for phthisis bulbi and microphthalmos. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 May-Jun; 26(3):165-7. PMID: 20489539.
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      28. Vagefi MR, Anderson RL. The lateral tarsal strip mini-tarsorrhaphy procedure. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009 Mar-Apr; 11(2):136-9. PMID: 19289688.
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      29. Vagefi MR, Winn BJ, Lin CC, Sires BS, LauKaitis SJ, Anderson RL, McCann JD. Facial nerve injury during external dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthalmology. 2009 Mar; 116(3):585-90. PMID: 19091406.
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      30. Vagefi MR, Florell SR, Lin CC, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Acquired port wine stain of the upper eyelid after cluster headache. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Nov-Dec; 24(6):490-2. PMID: 19033853.
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      31. Yang CC, Vagefi MR, Davis D, Mamalis N, Anderson RL, McCann J. Gouty tophus of the upper eyelid. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Sep-Oct; 24(5):404-6. PMID: 18806665.
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      32. Wu AY, Vagefi MR, Georgescu D, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Low-cost headlamps for facial and oculoplastic surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Sep-Oct; 24(5):429. PMID: 18806679.
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      33. Burroughs JR, Anderson RL, Vagefi MR, McCann JD. Re: "Correction of anophthalmic enophthalmos with injectable calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)". Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Sep-Oct; 24(5):431; author reply 431-2. PMID: 18806683.
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      34. Vagefi MR, Lin CC, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Epidermoid cyst of the upper eyelid tarsal plate. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug; 24(4):323-4. PMID: 18645448.
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      35. Vagefi MR, Lin CC, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Local anesthesia in oculoplastic surgery: precautions and pitfalls. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug; 10(4):246-9. PMID: 18645092.
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      36. Vagefi MR, McMullan TF, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Bump thermoplasty as a simple treatment for lateral incision closure artifacts after upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2008 May-Jun; 10(3):209-11. PMID: 18490548.
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      37. Vagefi MR, McMullan TF, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Osteoplasty using calcium hydroxylapatite filler. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 May-Jun; 24(3):190-3. PMID: 18520833.
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      38. Vagefi MR, Lin CC, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Exacerbation of blepharospasm associated with craniocervical dystonia after placement of bilateral globus pallidus internus deep brain stimulator. Mov Disord. 2008 Feb 15; 23(3):454-6. PMID: 18074391.
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      39. Georgescu D, Vagefi MR, McMullan TF, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Upper eyelid myectomy in blepharospasm with associated apraxia of lid opening. Am J Ophthalmol. 2008 Mar; 145(3):541-547. PMID: 18191096.
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      40. Marx DP, Vagefi MR, Bearden WH, Anderson RL, Yen MT. The quasi-integrated porous polyethylene implant in pediatric patients enucleated for retinoblastoma. Orbit. 2008; 27(6):403-6. PMID: 19085293.
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      41. Vagefi MR, McMullan TF, Burroughs JR, White GL, McCann JD, Anderson RL. Injectable calcium hydroxylapatite for orbital volume augmentation. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007 Nov-Dec; 9(6):439-42. PMID: 18025356.
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      42. Vagefi MR, McMullan TF, Burroughs JR, Isaacs DK, Tsirbas A, White GL, Anderson RL, McCann JD. Autologous dermis graft at the time of evisceration or enucleation. Br J Ophthalmol. 2007 Nov; 91(11):1528-31. PMID: 17947269; PMCID: PMC2095415.
      43. Michels KS, Vagefi MR, Steele E, Zwick OM, Torres JJ, Seiff SR, Dailey RA. Müller muscle-conjunctiva resection to correct ptosis in high-risk patients. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Sep-Oct; 23(5):363-6. PMID: 17881985.
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      44. Vagefi MR, Hong JE, Zwick OM, Bedrossian EH, Seiff SR, Cockerham KP. Atypical presentations of pleomorphic adenoma of the lacrimal gland. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Jul-Aug; 23(4):272-4. PMID: 17667095.
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      45. Anderson RL, Georgescu D, Vagefi MR, McMullan TF, Burroughs JR, McCann JD. To patch or not to patch? That is the question. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007 Jul-Aug; 9(4):290-2. PMID: 17638766.
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      46. Ossma IL, Galvis A, Vargas LG, Trager MJ, Vagefi MR, McLeod SD. Synchrony dual-optic accommodating intraocular lens. Part 2: pilot clinical evaluation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 Jan; 33(1):47-52. PMID: 17189792.
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      47. Tam DY, Vagefi MR, Naseri A. The clear corneal tongue: a mechanism for wound incompetence after phacoemulsification. Am J Ophthalmol. 2007 Mar; 143(3):526-8. PMID: 17317406.
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      48. Zwick OM, Vagefi MR, Cockerham KP. Use of lone star elastic stay hooks in orbital surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Nov-Dec; 22(6):502-3. PMID: 17117124.
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      49. Vagefi MR, Larson DA, Horton JC. Optic nerve sheath meningioma: visual improvement during radiation treatment. Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Aug; 142(2):343-4. PMID: 16876528.
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      50. Zwick OM, Vagefi MR, Cockerham KP, McDermott MW. Brown tumor of secondary hyperparathyroidism involving the superior orbit and frontal calvarium. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jul-Aug; 22(4):304-6. PMID: 16855509.
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      51. Hollander DA, Vagefi MR, Seiff SR, Stewart JM. Bacterial endophthalmitis after resident-performed cataract surgery. Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 May; 141(5):949-51. PMID: 16678515.
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      52. Vagefi MR, Fredrick DR. Papilloedema secondary to otitic hydrocephalus. Br J Ophthalmol. 2006 May; 90(5):646. PMID: 16622097; PMCID: PMC1857037.
      53. Vagefi MR, Dragan L, Hughes SM, Klippenstein KA, Seiff SR, Woog JJ. Adverse reactions to permanent eyeliner tattoo. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jan-Feb; 22(1):48-51. PMID: 16418666.
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      54. Vagefi MR, Kim ET, Alvarado RG, Duncan JL, Howes EL, Crawford JB. Bilateral endogenous Scedosporium prolificans endophthalmitis after lung transplantation. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Feb; 139(2):370-3. PMID: 15734012.
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      55. Vagefi MR, Hollander DA, Seitzman GD, Margolis TP. Bilateral surgically induced necrotising scleritis with secondary superinfection. Br J Ophthalmol. 2005 Jan; 89(1):124-5. PMID: 15615764; PMCID: PMC1772468.
      56. Kerrison JB, Arnould VJ, Ferraz Sallum JM, Vagefi MR, Barmada MM, Li Y, Zhu D, Maumenee IH. Genetic heterogeneity of dominant optic atrophy, Kjer type: Identification of a second locus on chromosome 18q12.2-12.3. Arch Ophthalmol. 1999 Jun; 117(6):805-10. PMID: 10369594.
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      57. Kerrison JB, Vagefi MR, Barmada MM, Maumenee IH. Congenital motor nystagmus linked to Xq26-q27. Am J Hum Genet. 1999 Feb; 64(2):600-7. PMID: 9973299; PMCID: PMC1377771.
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