M. Reza Vagefi, M.D. is a 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 UCSF. 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's principal practice is at the Mission Bay campus of UCSF at the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision. In addition, he is the division chief of oculofacial plastic surgery at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH). His areas of interests and expertise include disorders of the eyelid and tear drainage system, and orbital disease. Dr. Vagefi is recognized by national organizations as one of the top doctors in the United States in his area of specialty. He is a board certified and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Dr. Vagefi serves as the Vice Chair for Clinical Services and the Medical Director and Quality Improvement and Safety Officer for the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology. He also presently serves as the Assistant Secretary of Education for ASOPRS. He instructs fellows, residents and medical students at UCSF and ZSFGH. His research interests include orbital inflammation and infection, orbital rehabilitation, novel surgical techniques and patient quality of life. He is well published in peer reviewed journals and regularly presents at national and international meetings.