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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.2002School of Medicine
    Stanford UniversityInternship2003Internal Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency2006Ophthalmology
    Center for Facial AppearancesFellowship2008Oculofacial Plastic, Reconstructive & Orbital Surgery
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    California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons2006Starr E. Shulman, MPA Fellowship
    Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania2010Surgical Teaching Award
    American Academy of Ophthalmology2016Achievement Award
    Castle Connolly2017Top Doctors

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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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    1. Kalin-Hajdu E, Wang Q, McLeod SD, Vagefi M. Corneal Warpage due to Massage Following Eyelid Surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep 14. PMID: 28930767.
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    2. Kalin-Hajdu E, Hirabayashi KE, Vagefi M, Kersten RC. Invasive fungal sinusitis: treatment of the orbit. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2017 Sep; 28(5):522-533. PMID: 28505035.
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    3. Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Bever GJ, Vagefi M, de Alba Campomanes AG, Cooke DL, Dowd CF, Kersten RC. Normalization of Congenital Venous Stasis Retinopathy Following Sclerotherapy of a Macrocystic Lymphatic Malformation. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul 25. PMID: 28746255.
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    4. Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Brodie FL, Kersten RC, Russell MS, Vagefi M. Retrobulbar Injection of Amphotericin B for Orbital Mucormycosis. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul/Aug; 33(4):e94-e97. PMID: 27768642.
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    5. Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi M, Kersten RC. Progressive Proptosis Secondary to an Orbital Floor Implant. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul/Aug; 33(4):e79-e80. PMID: 27556343.
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    6. DeParis SW, Goldberg AN, Indaram M, Grumbine FL, Kersten RC, Vagefi M. Paranasal Sinus Mucocele as a Late Complication of Dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May/Jun; 33(3S Suppl 1):S23-S24. PMID: 26270261.
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    7. Grumbine FL, DeParis SW, Vagefi M, Bloomer M, Kersten RC, et al. Lacrimal Sac Smooth Muscle Tumor of Uncertain Malignant Potential. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May/Jun; 33(3S Suppl 1):S29-S31. PMID: 27306954.
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    8. Geske MJ, Bloomer MM, Kersten RC, Vagefi M. Diagnostic Approaches to Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma of the Orbit. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May/Jun; 33(3S Suppl 1):S129-S131. PMID: 26863040.
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    9. Eftekhari K, Vagefi M, Lee V, Hui JZ, Zhu M, Dine K, Anderson RL, Koeberlein B, Sulaimankutty R, Shindler KS. In Vivo Effects of Retrobulbar Bimatoprost Injection on Orbital Fat. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar 31. PMID: 28369019.
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    10. Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi M, Kersten RC. Invasive Aspergillosis Masquerading as a Lacrimal Sac Abscess. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar 28. PMID: 28353473.
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    11. Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi M, Levin MH. Recalcitrant Orbital Pain in a 50-Year-Old Woman. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar 01; 135(3):275-276. PMID: 28006057.
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    12. Saleh GM, Vagefi M, Athanasiadis I. Translational Devices, Technologies, and Medicines in Clinical Ophthalmology. J Ophthalmol. 2017; 2017:2876896. PMID: 28180022.
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    13. DeParis SW, Bloomer M, Han Y, Vagefi M, Shieh JTC, Solomon DA, Grenert J, de Alba Campomanes AG. Uveal Ganglioneuroma due to Germline PTEN Mutation (Cowden Syndrome) Presenting as Unilateral Infantile Glaucoma. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2017 Jul; 3(2):122-128. PMID: 28868283.
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    14. Eftekhari K, Shindler KS, Lee V, Dine K, Eckstein LA, Vagefi M. 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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    15. Ali FS, Alsberge JB, Vagefi M. Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma Presenting With Bilateral Compressive Optic Neuropathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 09; 134(6):e155494. PMID: 27281738.
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    16. Desai SJ, Pruzan NL, Geske MJ, Jeng BH, Bloomer MM, Vagefi M. Local and Regional Spread of Primary Conjunctival Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Eye Contact Lens. 2016 Apr 06. PMID: 27058828.
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    17. DeParis SW, Grumbine FL, Vagefi M, Kersten RC. Persistent Upgaze Restriction after Orbital Floor Fracture Repair. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2016 Sep; 9(3):268-70. PMID: 27516846; PMCID: PMC4980139 [Available on 09/01/17].
    18. Grumbine FL, Aderman C, Vagefi M, 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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    19. Eftekhari K, Choe CH, Vagefi M, Eckstein LA. The last ride of Henry II of France: orbital injury and a king's demise. Surv Ophthalmol. 2015 May-Jun; 60(3):274-8. PMID: 25890627.
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    20. Eftekhari K, Choe CH, Vagefi M, 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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    21. Grumbine FL, Deparis SW, Kersten RC, Vagefi M. Delayed periocular hemorrhage after upper blepharoplasty. Orbit. 2015 Apr; 34(2):103-5. PMID: 25797846.
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    22. McClintic SM, Yoon MK, Bidar M, Dutton JJ, Vagefi M, Kersten RC. Tissue necrosis following diode laser-assisted transcanalicular dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan-Feb; 31(1):e18-22. PMID: 24807803; PMCID: PMC4919112.
    23. DeParis SW, Grumbine FL, Vagefi M. Numbness of the forehead. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Aug; 132(8):1013-4. PMID: 25124949.
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    24. Kasi SK, Gorovoy IR, Vagefi M, 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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    25. Menda SA, Kim HJ, Bloomer MM, Crawford JB, Vagefi M, 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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    26. Gorovoy IR, Vagefi M, 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 Exp Ophthalmol. 2014 Dec; 42(9):885-7. PMID: 24666541.
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    27. Desai SJ, Kim HJ, Kersten RC, Bloomer MM, Vagefi M. Extrascleral spread of choroidal melanoma via tantalum marker suture track. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Dec; 131(12):1643-5. PMID: 24091899.
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    28. McClintic SM, Kim HJ, Vagefi M, Kersten RC. Parameningeal alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma with metastases to all the extraocular muscles. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2014 Mar; 42(2):202-4. PMID: 23601630.
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    29. Levin MH, Moss HE, Pineles SL, Bagley LJ, Heuer GG, Zager EL, Balcer LJ, Galetta SL, Vagefi M. Orbital congestion complicating treatment of cerebral vascular anomalies. World Neurosurg. 2014 Jul-Aug; 82(1-2):239.e13-7. PMID: 23369940; PMCID: PMC3766429.
    30. Gorovoy IR, Layer N, Kim HJ, Nobles SM, Stewart PJ, Vagefi M, Kersten RC. Pilomatrixoma in a patient with bilateral retinoblastoma. J AAPOS. 2013 Feb; 17(1):103-4. PMID: 23313048.
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    31. Vagefi M. Minimally invasive approaches to orbital volume augmentation. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013; 53(3):67-86. PMID: 23751433.
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    32. Walsh RD, Vagefi M, 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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    33. Levin MH, Ney JJ, Venneti S, Moster ML, Balcer LJ, Volpe NJ, Gausas RE, Liu GT, Vagefi M, 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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    34. Gorovoy IR, Kazanjian M, Kersten RC, Kim HJ, Vagefi M. Fungal rhinosinusitis and imaging modalities. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2012 Oct; 26(4):419-26. PMID: 23961027; PMCID: PMC3729552.
    35. Choe CH, Eckstein LA, Vagefi M. Orbital inflammation after dental procedures. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep-Oct; 28(5):e113-5. PMID: 22391741.
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    36. Buchanan AG, Holds JB, Vagefi M, 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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    37. Mahoney NR, Anderson RL, McCann JD, Kikkawa DO, Orlin SE, Vagefi M. 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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    38. Vagefi M, 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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    39. Wu AY, Vagefi M, 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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    40. Venneti S, Moss HE, Levin MH, Vagefi M, 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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    41. Georgescu D, Vagefi M, 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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    42. Vagefi M, 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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    43. Vagefi M, 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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    44. Vagefi M, 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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    45. Yang CC, Vagefi M, 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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    46. Wu AY, Vagefi M, 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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    47. Burroughs JR, Anderson RL, Vagefi M, 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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    48. Vagefi M, 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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    49. Vagefi M, 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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    50. Vagefi M, 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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    51. Vagefi M, 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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    52. Vagefi M, 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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    53. Georgescu D, Vagefi M, 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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    54. Marx DP, Vagefi M, 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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    55. Vagefi M, 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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    56. Vagefi M, 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.
    57. Michels KS, Vagefi M, 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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    58. Vagefi M, 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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    59. Anderson RL, Georgescu D, Vagefi M, 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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    60. Ossma IL, Galvis A, Vargas LG, Trager MJ, Vagefi M, 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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    61. Tam DY, Vagefi M, 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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    62. Zwick OM, Vagefi M, 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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    63. Vagefi M, 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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    64. Zwick OM, Vagefi M, 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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    65. Hollander DA, Vagefi M, 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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    66. Vagefi M, Fredrick DR. Papilloedema secondary to otitic hydrocephalus. Br J Ophthalmol. 2006 May; 90(5):646. PMID: 16622097; PMCID: PMC1857037.
    67. Vagefi M, 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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    68. Vagefi M, 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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    69. Vagefi M, 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.
    70. Kerrison JB, Arnould VJ, Ferraz Sallum JM, Vagefi M, 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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    71. Kerrison JB, Vagefi M, 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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