Vatinee Y. Bunya

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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
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 2015))
University of Pennsylvania, 2015.
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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 Itmat Expertise

Sjogren's syndrome and dry eye

Selected Publications

Bunya, VY, Fuerst NM, McCabe BE, Salvo R, Macchi I, Pistilli M, Ying GS, and Massaro-Giordano, MD. : Variability of tear osmolarity in dry eye patients and controls. JAMA Ophthalmology 2015 Notes: In press (Accepted Jan 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, 2015.

Rose-Nussbaumer J, Shiboski C, Shiboski S, Bunya, VY, et al. : 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 2015 Notes: In press as of 8/25/15.

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 VY, Brainard DH, Daniel E, et al. : 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.

Siegel DL, Chang TY, Russell SL, Bunya VY: Isolation of cell surface-specific human monoclonal antibodies using phage display and magnetically-activated cell sorting: applications in immunohematology. Journal of Immunological Methods 206(1-2): 73-85, Aug 7 1997.

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