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Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Faculty

Faculty Overview

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
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 2019))
University of Pennsylvania, 2019.
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, Ying GS, Maguire MG, Kuklinski E, Lin MC, Peskin E, Asbell PA; DREAM Study Research Group.: Prevalence of Novel Candidate Sjogren Syndrome Autoantibodies in the Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM) Study. Cornea 37(11): 1425-1430, November 2018.

Asbell PA, et al. : Dry Eye Assessment and Management (DREAM©) Study: Study Design and Baseline Characteristics. Contemporary Clinical Trials August 2018.

Macchi I, Bunya VY, Massaro-Giordano M, Stone RA, Maguire MG, Zheng Y, Chen M, Gee J, Smith E, Daniel E: A New Scale for the Assessment of Conjunctival Bulbar Redness. The Ocular Surface June 2018.

Gonzales JA, Chou A, Rose-Nussbaumer JR, Bunya VY, Criswell LA, Shiboski CH, Lietman TM: How Are Ocular Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye Associated with Depression in Women with and without Sjögren's Syndrome? American Journal of Ophthalmology April 2018.

O’Neil EC, Huang J, Suhler EB, Dunn JP, Perez VL, Gritz DC, McWilliams K, Peskin E, Ying GS, Bunya V, Maguire MG, Kempen JH. : Iontophoretic Delivery of Dexamethasone Phosphate for Non-infectious, Non-necrotizing Anterior Scleritis, Dose-Finding Clinical Trial. Brit J Ophthalmol, in press. British Journal of Ophthalmology April 2018.

Bunya VY, Fernandez KB, Ying GS, Massaro-Giordano M, Macchi I, Sulewski ME, Hammersmith KM, Nagra PK, Rapuano CJ, Orlin SE.: Survey of Ophthalmologists Regarding Practice Patterns for Dry Eye and Sjogren Syndrome. Eye Contact Lens Epub ahead of print, Jan 2018.

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.

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Last updated: 12/11/2018
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