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Armin Afshar


Vitreoretinal surgeon and ocular oncologist

Dr. Armin Afshar is an ophthalmologist who specializes in treating eye tumors and disorders of the retina and vitreous (the gel-like substance at the back of the eye). He has special expertise in managing ocular surface tumors of the conjunctiva and cornea, as well as intraocular tumors involving the iris, ciliary body, choroid, retina, vitreous or optic nerve.

Afshar's research focuses on genetic analysis of uveal melanomas and on improving treatments for retinoblastoma.

Afshar earned his bachelor of science and medical degree in the accelerated honors medical program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He also earned a master of business administration degree at the University of Chicago. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago and fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery and ocular oncology at UCSF. He also earned a master of applied science degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF.

Afshar is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists, and International Society of Ocular Oncology.

  • Education

    University of Illinois College of Medicine, MD, 2008

  • Residencies

    University of Chicago Hospitals, Ophthalmology, 2012

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Ocular Oncology, 2015

    UCSF Medical Center, Vitreoretinal Surgery, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    329 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 28, 2023
    Excellent doctor!!!!
    Feb 19, 2023
    Impersonal. Not much to share. Pleasant enough.
    Jan 26, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is a pro too!
    Jan 20, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is an amazing doctor in all these aspects.
    Jan 19, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is seemingly competent. He provides minimal information which leaves me unsure about my status. Did not address my concerns regarding both eyes not synchronized.
    Dec 13, 2022
    The competence my care provider and his ability to take time and explain to me put me at ease and gave me confidence
    Dec 09, 2022
    My whole experience with UCSF has been excellent
    Dec 05, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is an exceptional and outstanding provider. We would recommend him highly and without reservation.
    Dec 01, 2022
    Dr. Afshar has been the most compassionate doctor in all my associations with the medical community. He is responsive sensitive compassionate. A true "mensch".
    Dec 01, 2022
    Very good
    Nov 29, 2022
    I went in convened for my vision I came out relieved and with the appropriate therapy. Dr Afshar has always guided me well. What more can I ask for?
    Nov 29, 2022
    The staff everyone within UCSF that assisted me were terrific as always!!! They take everything seriously and have always and continue to make me feel safe secure and that I am looked after in the best! I always felt safe and have had the greatest amount of trust to each & every member within the UCSF team that has in the past and present taken care of me when I am within the building within UCSF and when I am out back home and about! Never any issues and my trust & faith to the UCSF staff & team has always been exceptional and I know my eye's health is taken with the upmost care and every decision taken made and done by the people I am with through all the different tests is done safely carefully and done to help in either improving my eye's health or in helping keep my eye's health strong and not allowing it to worsen!Thank you Dr. Afshar his exceptional team and everyone that has ever worked with me directly indirectly and in any & every form in helping with my eye and drastically improving my eye's sight health etc these past 6 years!! Without all of your help support encouragement and never-ending work in improving the health of my left eye I wouldn't be here with an eye that I can use because prior to my first time coming to UCSF and Dr. Afshar and all of his team's amazing work I would have had an eye that had such terrible health & vision (20-200 vision at one point from what Dr. Afshar told me once) that eventually could have become essentially blind. Thank you all!!!!
    Nov 11, 2022
    Fantastic physician. Kind caring and extremely knowledgeable
    Oct 28, 2022
    He's an awesome doctor We just love him but he has a hard time understanding it's so hard to go to SF financially and emotionally. I believe he tries though
    Oct 14, 2022
    Dr. Afshar was great. He answered my many questions with patience and thoughtfulness. He was informative about pros and cons and possible side effects and helped me make the decision to persue treatment.
    Oct 11, 2022
    Dr. Afshar spent time to discuss all of my concerns and offer options. I never felt pressured to choose one form of treatment over another. It allowed me to make decisions based on my needs and personal situation.
    Sep 29, 2022
    Always open for additional questions and concerns
    Sep 20, 2022
    The were wonderful
    Sep 20, 2022
    Most exceptional dialogue with Dr Afshar about my care and treatment- both succinct but informative. Dr Afshar showed the type of judgment and report that doctors today can model
    Sep 20, 2022
    My care provider takes time explaining the result of my tests he also take time sending email to my optalmogist in oakland. He also recommends seeing a doctor expert in eye pressure.
    Sep 20, 2022
    Would only recommend care provider to certain people due to the distance/location of the medical offices.
    Sep 20, 2022
    Never saw the Dr Never got the results of eye photos and tests
    Sep 16, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is a very compassionate man. I would recommend anyone with eye issues to him. He sets a feeling of confidence and calm in me each time I visit his office.
    Sep 16, 2022
    All providers were courteous and made me feel at ease.
    Aug 26, 2022
    I forgot my hearing aids so missed a lot of what all the people I interacted with said.
    Aug 23, 2022
    I was allowed to ask questions and if was very informative. The concern was evident.
    Aug 23, 2022
    Good experience
    Aug 22, 2022
    A smile goes a long ways from check in to assistant care to provider. Provider builds trust with his kind care. Thanks
    Aug 19, 2022
    Good information
    Aug 14, 2022
    Very friendly
    Aug 02, 2022
    Staff is outstanding and Dr Afshar is the best- a great doctor!
    Jul 29, 2022
    Dr Afshar took the time to review the imaging and discuss the options and logic behind his treatment course. Wow- what a high level of interaction with a patient
    Jul 24, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is very informed in my case and explains everything to me.
    Jul 19, 2022
    I was put. In a room for two hours tried to leave twice. I eventually saw my doctor for 5 minutes because I had a child care issue after 2 and a half hours because I had not seen the doctor.
    Jul 19, 2022
    Dr Afshar rocks!
    Jun 09, 2022
    Everyone treated me like I was special
    Jun 03, 2022
    Dr Afshar is always excellent and reassuring
    May 27, 2022
    Dr.Afshar was so helpful in giving us the right interval of our follow-up appointment to him. My mother likes him so much.
    May 14, 2022
    Was told see you in 6months and appointment is with another Dr. Was not told that when left Dr.that didn't go well with me.
    May 03, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is amazing. He always takes the time to listen and actually hears what you're saying. His explanations are clear. He always makes you feel like he's invested in your healthcare. A truly caring individual. 10+!
    Apr 26, 2022
    No explanation was given for the delay nor did anyone check on me during the last half hour
    Apr 10, 2022
    Dr showed and explained the test resultslistened very carefully to my questions and asked twice if I had any more questions.He was very conciseconcerned and efficient explaining treatment and follow up. I don't think my experience could have been better.Many thanks
    Mar 22, 2022
    Dr. Afshar outstanding provider. I feel fortunate to have had him as my surgeon.
    Mar 22, 2022
    Amazing Health Provider.
    Mar 08, 2022
    He was excellent in all regards. I am grateful for his care.
    Jan 16, 2022
    Dr. Afshar continues to provide us with remarkable care.
    Dec 11, 2021
    Nov 05, 2021
    Everyone was very helpful and courteous. I was a fit in patient due to the cancer just recently being found. Surgery was scheduled very quickly and coordination with the radiation oncology department done swiftly. All very accommodating!
    Oct 26, 2021
    Dr. Afshar is a pro and trust his care.
    Oct 25, 2021
    Oct 25, 2021
    Excellent Doctor
    Oct 23, 2021
    Really appreciated the follow up emails as my hearing is impaired and with masks was sometimes hard to hear.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Again most short comings I believe were on me and my emotional state at the time with my memory
    Jul 21, 2021
    Dr. Afshar has provided exceptional care for my serious health problem. I appreciate his expertise and care more than words can express!
    Jul 20, 2021
    Intelligent caring informed compassionate doctor. Treats his patients and his staff with dignity. The best.
    Jun 20, 2021
    Everything was wonderful!!!!!
    Jun 15, 2021
    There is no care involved. This is just annual monitoring of a choroidal nevius that has not progressed in 15 yrs.
    May 21, 2021
    very clear discussions
    May 12, 2021
    the VA approved me to UCSF I hope other vets with eye issues get referred
    May 11, 2021
    I never saw the doctor
    May 07, 2021
    All excellent
    May 03, 2021
    Dr. Afshar is an exceptional physician. His specialty knowledge is phenomenal. He skillfully listens and communicates - and provides care that makes it easy and comfortable to be a patient.
    Apr 22, 2021
    He is an excellent doctor.