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M. Reza Vagefi, M.D.


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.

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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. Eftekhari K, Choe CH, Vagefi MR, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Grumbine FL, Deparis SW, Kersten RC, Vagefi MR. Delayed Periocular Hemorrhage After Upper Blepharoplasty. Orbit. 2015 Mar 21; 1-3.
  4. 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.
  5. DeParis SW, Grumbine FL, Vagefi MR. Numbness of the forehead. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Aug; 132(8):1013-4.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Vagefi MR. Minimally invasive approaches to orbital volume augmentation. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013; 53(3):67-86.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Gorovoy IR, Kazanjian M, Kersten RC, Kim HJ, Vagefi MR. Fungal rhinosinusitis and imaging modalities. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2012 Oct; 26(4):419-26.
  17. Choe CH, Eckstein LA, Vagefi MR. Orbital inflammation after dental procedures. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep-Oct; 28(5):e113-5.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Wu AY, Vagefi MR, Georgescu D, Burroughs JR, Anderson RL. Enduragen patch grafts for exposed orbital implants. Orbit. 2011 Mar; 30(2):92-5.

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