University Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Department of Ophthalmology

Claus Cursiefen

Prof. Dr. med.

Claus Cursiefen

Specialized in: ophthalmology

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1988-1995 Study of Medicine, Universities of Regensburg, Würzburg, Dundee/St. Andrews and London, German Medical State Exam, USMLE
1995-2001 Resident Ophthalmology, Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen (Prof. Gottfried Naumann)
1997 MD-thesis, Dept. of Anatomy, University of Würzburg: “summa cum laude” (Prof. Detlev Drenckhahn)
2001 European and German Board Exam in Ophthalmology, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Exam
2002-2004 DFG Postdoctoral fellow at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Prof. Wayne Streilein; Prof. Reza Dana)
2003 Habilitation and Venia Legendi, University of Erlangen
2004-2011 Privatdozent and Staff member (Oberarzt), Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen, Director of Cornea Bank
2005-2011 Principal Investigator, Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF) Erlangen. Member and later head of Commission for Junior Scientists.
2008-2012 Principal Investigator, SFB 643 (Strategies for cellular immune intervention)
2009- Adjunct Associate Scientist and Visiting Professor, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
2011- Member of the Board, Section Cornea, German Ophthalmological Society
2011 University Professor (W2) for Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen
2011- University Professor (W3) Ophthalmology, University of Cologne
2011- Chairman, Dept. of Ophthalmology and University Eye Hospital Cologne
2012- President, European Network for Excellence in Corneal Regeneration (NEXCR), Leiden
2012- Member of CIO (Center for Integrated Oncology), Cologne-Bonn
2014- Member of the Board, Novaliq GmbH, Heidelberg
2014- Chair, EU COST Action BM1302 “Joining Forces in corneal regeneration”
2015- Speaker, DFG Research Group FOR 2240

The Department of General Ophthalmology of the University Hospital Cologne in Germany under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen is one of the largest ophthalmology centers in Germany.  The Department has a long successful experience in the treatment of both anterior and posterior eye section. The main task of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Cologne is the outpatient and inpatient treatment of eye diseases of all kinds. The main activity areas of the Department include corneal, glaucoma, cataract and refractive surgery. The Department uses both the most advanced equipment and the cutting-edge surgical techniques for the treatment of eye diseases.

The following advanced surgical methods are used for the treatment of eye diseases:

  • Lamellar corneal transplant surgery (DMEK, DSAEK) for Endotheldystrophien
  • Lamellar corneal transplant surgery (DALK) and corneal crosslinking treatment for keratoconus
  • Refractive laser and lens surgery: PIOL, LASIK, LASEK
  • Non-filtering glaucoma surgery: Canaloplasty and Trabectome®

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen, Managing Director of the Ophthalmology Center at the University Hospital Cologne, introduced various new surgical techniques in the field of surgical treatment of cornea. These techniques enable a more accurate and sparing replacement of the damaged corneal areas for donor material. The Department of General Ophthalmology of the University Hospital Cologne uses innovative methods of lamellar keratoplasty, at which only a part of cornea is replaced by donor material. The part incapable of functioning is replaced and the healthy part remains. Almost 400 patients underwent keratoplasty in the Ophthalmology Center in 2013, while in over 80% cases there were used the cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques. Due to these achievement, the University Hospital Cologne ranks among the leading centers in Germany and Europe.

The range of medical services at the Department of General Ophthalmology of the University Hospital Cologne in Germany, headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen, includes the following treatment options as well:

  • Corneal crosslinking
  • Excimer laser – Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK)
  • Excimer laser LASIK, PRK and LASEK
  • Femtosecond laser LASIK
  • Anterior layered (lamellar) keratoplasty
  • Posterior layered (lamellar) keratoplasty
  • Combined transplants with cataract surgery
  • Combined transplants with the surgery for glaucoma treatment/removal
  • Perforating keratoplasty
  • Amniotic membrane transplant
  • Mucous membrane transplant

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