University of Pennsylvania Health System

Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Faculty

Faculty Overview

Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD

faculty photo
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director, Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center
Medical Monitor, Scleritis Study--PI: John Kempen M.D, M.H.S., M.P.H., Ph.D
Fellowship Co-Director, Ocular Surface Disease Fellowship, Scheie Eye Institute
Department: Ophthalmology

Contact information
Scheie Eye Institute
51 North 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
BA (Molecular Biology)
Princeton University, Cum Laude, 1996.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2001.
MSCE (Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (expected graduation 2016))
University of Pennsylvania, 2016.
Post-Graduate Training
Transitional Intern, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA, 2001-2002.
Ophthalmology resident, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2002-2005.
Co-chief resident, Wills Eye Institute, 2004-2005.
Cornea fellow, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2005-2006.
American Board of Ophthalmology, 2007.
Permanent link
> Perelman School of Medicine   > Faculty   > Details

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Bunya has extensive experience in the study of dry eye and diseases that affect the ocular surface and eyelids. She also has a special interest in the study of Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that classically causes dry eye and dry mouth. Dr. Bunya has been the principal investigator for several dry eye clinical trials. She currently is working to develop better ways to measure dry eye and to screen patients for Sjogren's syndrome.

Key Words
Dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, meibomian gland dysfunction

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Bunya is the Co-Director of the Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center. She cares for patients with dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, and other disorders that affect the ocular surface.

Selected Publications

Bunya VY, Bhosai SJ, Heidenreich AM, Kitagawa K, Larkin GB, Lietman TM, Gaynor BD, Akpek EK, Massaro-Giordano M, Srinivasan M, Porco TC, Whitcher JP, Shiboski SC, Criswell LA, Shiboski CH; SICCA study group: Association of dry eye tests with extra-ocular signs among 3,514 participants in the Sjögren's Syndrome International Registry. Am J Ophthalmol Sep 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Rose-Nussbaumer J, Lietman TM, Shiboski CH, Shiboski SC, Bunya VY, Akpek EK, Srinivasan M, Mascarenhas J, Massaro-Giordano G, McNamara NA, Whitcher JP, Gaynor BD; Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance Research Groups: Inter-grader agreement of the ocular staining score among ophthalmologists assessing study participants from the Sjogren's International Clinical Collaborative Alliance(SICCA) registry. American Journal of Ophthalmology 160(6): 1150-53, Dec 2015.

Foulks GN, Bunya VY, Hammitt KM, Nichols KK, Pflugfelder SC, and Vivino FB: Improving Diagnosis and Outcomes of Sjogren's Disease Through Targeting Dry Eye Patients. Ocular Surface 13(45): S1-S33, October 2015.

Bunya VY, Fuerst NM, Pistilli M, McCabe BE, Salvo R, Macchi I, Ying GS, Massaro-Giordano M : Variability of tear osmolarity in patients with dry eye. JAMA Ophthalmology 133(6): 662-7, Jun 2015.

Fuerst N, Langelier N, Massaro-Giordano M, Pistilli M, Stasi K, Burns C, Cardillo S, and Bunya VY: Tear osmolarity and dry eye symptoms in diabetics. Clinical Ophthalmology 8: 507-15, March 2014.

Bunya VY1, Brainard DH, Daniel E, Massaro-Giordano M, Nyberg W, Windsor EA, Pearson DJ, Huang J, Maguire MG, Stone RA. : Assessment of Signs of Anterior Blepharitis Using Standardized Color Photographs. Cornea 32(11): 1475-82, November 2013.

Bunya VY, Langelier N, Chen S, Pistilli M, Vivino FB, Massaro-Giordano M. : Tear Osmolarity in Sjogren's Syndrome. Cornea 32(7): 922-7, July 2013.

Chen S, Massaro-Giordano G, Pistilli M, Schreiber C, Bunya V: Tear Osmolarity and Dry Eye Symptoms in Women Using Oral Contraception and Contact Lenses. Cornea 32(4): 423-8, Apr 2013.

Lam A, Bunya VY, Piltz-Seymour JR: Cardiovascular risk factors and events in glaucoma patients with peripapillary focal arteriolar narrowing. Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica 84(1): 69-73, Feb 2006.

Lam A, Bunya V, Piltz-Seymour JR: Visual field loss in patients with glaucoma who have asymmetric peripapillary focal arteriolar narrowing. Archives of Ophthalmology 120(11): 1494-7, Nov 2002.

back to top
Last updated: 05/11/2017
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania