M. Reza Vagefi, MD

Oculoplastic surgeon

M. Reza Vagefi specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, tear drainage system, orbit and face. His areas of expertise and interests include: aesthetic facial rejuvenation, disorders of the eyelid and tear drainage system and orbital disease.

After earning a bachelor's degree in French from Johns Hopkins University, Vagefi completed medical school at Yale University. He completed an internship at Stanford University followed by an 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 training in oculofacial plastic, reconstructive or orbital surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Vagefi is board certified and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He instructs fellows, residents and medical students at UCSF, San Francisco VA Medical Center and SFGH.


Ocular Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
400 Parnassus Ave, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0344
Phone: (415) 353–2142
Fax: (415) 514–6034

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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Yale University School of Medicine 2002


UCSF Medical Center 2006


Center for Facial Appearances, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Alsberge JB, Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi MR. Intraorbital Bullet. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Mar 01; 136(3):295-296.
  2. Kalin-Hajdu E, Colby JB, Idowu O, Grumbine FL, Kang JM, Hirabayashi KS, Glastonbury CM, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Diagnosing distensible venous malformations of the orbit with diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb 16.
  3. Wladis EJ, Kersten RC, Vagefi MR, Pinheiro-Neto C, Shinder R, Kim HJ. Clinical Features and Outcomes of Post-Traumatic Silent Sinus Syndrome. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jan 10.
  4. Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Bever GJ, Vagefi MR, 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. 2018 Jan/Feb; 34(1):e19-e21.
  5. Hirabayashi KE, Vagefi MR. Oral Pharmacotherapy for Benign Essential Blepharospasm. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2018; 58(1):33-47.
  6. Idowu OO, Kalin-Hajdu E, Grumbine FL, Kersten RC, McDermott M, Vagefi MR. Restrictive Strabismus Following Frontotemporal-orbitozygomatic Craniotomy. Cureus. 2017 Dec 11; 9(12):e1937.
  7. Kalin-Hajdu E, Wang Q, McLeod SD, Vagefi MR. Corneal Warpage due to Massage Following Eyelid Surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep 14.
  8. Kalin-Hajdu E, Hirabayashi KE, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Invasive fungal sinusitis: treatment of the orbit. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2017 Sep; 28(5):522-533.
  9. Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Progressive Proptosis Secondary to an Orbital Floor Implant. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul/Aug; 33(4):e79-e80.
  10. 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. 2017 Jul/Aug; 33(4):e94-e97.
  11. Geske MJ, Bloomer MM, Kersten RC, Vagefi MR. Diagnostic Approaches to Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma of the Orbit. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May/Jun; 33(3S Suppl 1):S129-S131.
  12. Grumbine FL, DeParis SW, Vagefi MR, Bloomer M, Kersten RC. Lacrimal Sac Smooth Muscle Tumor of Uncertain Malignant Potential. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May/Jun; 33(3S Suppl 1):S29-S31.
  13. DeParis SW, Goldberg AN, Indaram M, Grumbine FL, Kersten RC, Vagefi MR. Paranasal Sinus Mucocele as a Late Complication of Dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 May/Jun; 33(3S Suppl 1):S23-S24.
  14. Eftekhari K, Vagefi MR, 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.
  15. Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Invasive Aspergillosis Masquerading as a Lacrimal Sac Abscess. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar 28.
  16. Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi MR, Levin MH. Recalcitrant Orbital Pain in a 50-Year-Old Woman. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar 01; 135(3):275-276.
  17. Saleh GM, Vagefi MR, Athanasiadis I. Translational Devices, Technologies, and Medicines in Clinical Ophthalmology. J Ophthalmol. 2017; 2017:2876896.
  18. DeParis SW, Bloomer M, Han Y, Vagefi MR, 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.
  19. Alsberge JB, Grumbine FL, Bloomer MM, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Primary hepatoid adenocarcinoma of the orbit. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Apr; 5:38-40.
  20. 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.

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