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Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Chao, Daniel L. Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Spencer, Doran B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
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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.


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


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!



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

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

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.


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.

Shiley Eye Institute Faculty Expertscape Rankings



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