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Cristiana Vasile, M.D.

Cristiana Vasile, M.D.

Associate Physician
Clinical Ophthalmologist
Board Certification in Ophthalmology
Fellowship in Glaucoma

Medical School Bucharest University of Medicine, Romania
Residency University of California, San Diego
Fellowship University of California, San Diego
Special Interest Clinical Research in Glaucoma and Optic Nerve Evaluation
Publications View on PubMed

Cristiana Vasile, M.D. is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship trained Cataract and Glaucoma specialist. Dr. Vasile is a graduate of Bucharest University of Medicine. She spent several years at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University California San Diego (UCSD) doing vision research and served as the founding Director of the UCSD Optic Nerve Reading Center. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals and she has authored several book chapters. Prior to her internship and residency, she completed a Masters in Advanced Studies (MAS) in Clinical Research at UCSD. Subsequently, she was an intern in Internal Medicine at UCSD and then served as Resident in Ophthalmology also at UCSD. As a resident, she was the recipient of the UCSD Resident Research Award. She then completed a Glaucoma Fellowship at UCSD.

She is fluent in English, Italian, French, Romanian and proficient in Spanish.


Friendly, Professional, and Thorough

Dr. Cristiana Vasile and her team are friendly, professional, and thorough in their patient preparation. They provide excellent care and information for me as a patient.

And I love UC San Diego Health, who’s amazingly coordinated MyChart experience and the "machinery" behind it is such a game changer!

Sue, July 2021


Very Professional

I have been seeing Dr. Cristiana Vasile for over a year now. I come from the Imperial Valley and she is worth the drive! She makes me feel welcome every time I see her. She sits down with me and makes me feel comfortable being in a doctor's office.

She is a gracious lady and very professional in her manner. I like honesty and she is very direct with regards to my condition - and I appreciate that. I would recommend her highly. She is worth the long drive!

Louis, June 2021

Tremendous Respect

I have been seeing Dr. Cristiana Vasile for over 2 years now and she is outstanding! Dr. Vasile is a very caring and informative doctor who has great compassion for her patients. I have one working eye and she has been forthcoming with options and pitfalls for treatments to increase my quality of life. I appreciate her work AND working on my eye!

Donald, April 2021

She’s brilliant, tenacious, caring and always willing to listen to and respond to my concerns.

I have received excellent care at the Shiley Eye Institute.  Dr. Cristiana Vasile was able to control an eye issue that several other doctors were unable to resolve. She’s brilliant, tenacious, caring and always willing to listen to and respond to my concerns. I so appreciate the care I receive from Dr. Vasile as well as the staff. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Vasile!

Linda, March 2021

Thanks for helping us ALL!

I used to see Dr. Vasile in Hillcrest and I followed her to La Jolla. The long bus ride is worth it to keep Dr. Vasile as my doctor!

She is a good firm doctor with a wonderful sense of humor. She is candid and honest about my condition. She explains things in a way that is easy to understand as a non-medical person.

Not too many doctors have her combination of skills. She is very personable and smart with a classy refined manner. She is understanding of her patients using a kind human touch. Also has a good repore with patients and staff. I appreciate her honesty in answering my questions and she is experienced with my condition.
Thank you Dr. Vasile!

Cezar, March 2021

My experience at Shiley is great and is always great!

I first saw Dr. McClean for a scratch on my eye. She called me and was very welcoming over the phone. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly she was able to see me, when she said, “Can you be here in 20 minutes?” She was extremely professional and followed up with me the next week.

I have been seeing Dr. Vasile for over two years. She is very direct and creates an atmosphere of professionalism in her clinic. She exudes classiness and knowledge. I know that I am in good hands and she cares about me and my eyes!

I always feel safe coming to Shiley and very well cared for by the various staff and doctors.

Stephen, February 2021

A very caring doctor

I would like to thank Dr. Vasile as she is a very caring doctor that gives her patients a lot of time and makes sure to explain everything in detail as well as answer all questions. My eye vision is much better after the surgery with her and I am so pleased to be her patient.


Feryal A.

Dr. Cristiana Vasile has great concern for her patients and nothing is too much trouble for her.

Dr. Cristiana Vasile is wonderful! She has great concern for her patients and nothing is too much trouble for her. She is an excellent communicator. I am 92 and she explained everything regarding my condition in a slow and clear manner. She understands her patients and is very kind.


Talented and Intelligent Doctor

I was diagnosed with narrow angle glaucoma 12 years ago. I have been under the care of Dr. Vasile for about 2 years now and had multiple testing done at Shiley. I have had debilitating headaches since the start of my diagnoses that progressively got worse over the years even with treatment from other doctors.
I was fortunate to switch to Dr. Vasile as my doctor who figured out the cause of my headaches. She arranged for me to get cataract surgery to open up my narrow eye angles which lowered my eye pressure and alleviated the headaches! She took the extra time to listen and was compassionate answering my questions and concerns. She is a talented and intelligent doctor who really cares about her patients.

Thank you Dr. Vasile!
Kimberly July 2020


Dear Shiley Eye Institute,

Cristiana Vasile, MD is one of the best ophthalmologists at the Shiley
Eye Institute! She is not only a great surgeon, but she provides
exceptional care for her patients because she really cares for them.
Dr. Vasile was recommended to us by a San Diego ophthalmologist in
2016. My son Joe was having problems with high eye pressure after he
had detached retina surgery.

Dr. Vasile operated on his eye and worked hard to decrease his eye pressure. She reduced it to a normal range over a three-year period of surgeries, patience, and substantial effort.
My wife and I were so appreciative for her fine work, we felt that she
deserved a prize. But what can you give to a doctor for great service?

After checking her background on the Shiley website and seeing that
she is from Romania, we found a picture of the Bucharest Medical
University from which she received her medical degree. It was easy
to print and frame for her. We are pleased that she really likes it and
appreciates the staff for being gracious to their patients and families.

Bill, Cary and Joe Rundle
Carlsbad, California

Dr. Cristiana Vasile is my hero!

Dr. Cristiana Vasile is my hero! She saved my eyes once and is doing so again. She is a lifesaver and cares deeply about her patients. It is a miracle that she has been able to put together my surgery and coordinate the Shiley team for me so quickly. Thank God and thank all of the wonderful people at Shiley!


Uncommonly thorough and personable and dedicated to her profession.

Dr. Cristiana Vasile is a world class Doctor. Uncommonly thorough and personable and dedicated to her profession, she is among the finest of doctors.

In her care one feels that she is doing everything possible to address eye issues. I have every confidence going forward that I will be in the best of care with her. I have heard her interact with other doctors and patients and find her to be direct yet comforting. She is well skilled in diagnostics, as well as procedures and takes a great deal of pride in her work helping others.

Jeanine Ann Mary Peschel

Shiley Eye Institute Faculty Expertscape Rankings



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