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Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD

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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.
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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, Chen M, Zheng Y, Massaro-Giordano M, Gee J, Daniel E, O'Sullivan R, Smith E, Stone RA, Maguire MG: Development and Evaluation of Semiautomated Quantification of Lissamine Green Staining of the Bulbar Conjunctiva From Digital Image. JAMA Ophthalmology 135(10): 1078-1085, Oct 2017.

Stapleton F1, Alves M2, Bunya VY3, Jalbert I4, Lekhanont K5, Malet F6, Na KS7, Schaumberg D8, Uchino M9, Vehof J10, Viso E11, Vitale S12, Jones L13.: TFOS DEWS II Epidemiology Report. Ocular Surface 15(3): 334-365, July 2017.

Derham AM1, Chen E, Bunya VY, OʼMalley RE.: Bilateral Herpetic Keratitis After Bilateral Intravitreal Bevacizumab for Exudative Macular Degeneration. Cornea 36(7): 878-879, July 2017.

Bunya VY1, Iwabe S2, Macchi I3, Massaro-Giordano M1, Pistilli M1, Aguirre GD2.: Tolerability of Topical Tocilizumab Eyedrops in Dogs: A Pilot Study. Journal Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics Page: epub ahead of print, June 2017.

OʼSullivan R1, Tom LM, Bunya VY, Nyberg WC, Massaro-Giordano M, Daniel E, Smith E, Brainard DH, Gee J, Maguire MG, Stone RA.: Use of Crossed Polarizers to Enhance Images of the Eyelids. Cornea 36(5): 631-635, May 2017.

Shiboski CH1, Baer AN2, Shiboski SC3, Lam M3, Challacombe S4, Lanfranchi HE5, Schiødt M6, Shirlaw P4, Srinivasan M7, Umehara H8, Vivino FB9, Akpek E2, Bunya V9, Vollenweider CF10, Greenspan JS1, Daniels TE1, Criswell LA11; Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) Research Groups.: Natural history and Predictors of Progression to Sjögren's Syndrome Among Participants of the SICCA registry. Arthritis Care Research Page: epub ahead of print, April 2017.

Bunya VY1, Bhosai SJ2, Heidenreich AM3, Kitagawa K4, Larkin GB5, Lietman TM2, Gaynor BD2, Akpek EK6, Massaro-Giordano M7, Srinivasan M8, Porco TC2, Whitcher JP2, Shiboski SC9, Criswell LA10, Shiboski CH11; Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) Study Group.: Association of Dry Eye Tests With Extraocular Signs Among 3514 Participants in the Sjögren's Syndrome International Registry. American Journal of Ophthalmology 172: 87-93, December 2016.

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.

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