University Hospital Cologne

location_on Cologne, Germany
7.5/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Ophthalmology ( 26157)

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 under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen is one of the largest ophthalmology centers in Germany and has a long successful experience in the treatment of both anterior and posterior segments of the eye. The main task of the department is outpatient and inpatient treatment of all eye diseases. The main focuses of the department include corneal surgery, treatment of glaucoma, cataract and refractive eye surgery. To treat eye diseases, the department uses state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced surgical techniques.

The treatment of eye diseases involves the use of the following cutting-edge surgical techniques:

  • Lamellar corneal transplantation (DMEK, DSAEK) in endothelial dystrophy 
  • Lamellar corneal transplantation (DALK) and treatment of corneal collagen cross-linking in keratoconus 
  • Refractive laser and lens surgery: PIOL, LASIK, LASEK
  • Non-filtering glaucoma surgery: Canaloplasty and Trabectome®

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen introduced a variety of new surgical techniques in the field of corneal surgery. These techniques enable a more accurate and sparing replacement of the damaged corneal areas for donor material. The department uses innovative methods of lamellar keratoplasty, in which only a part of  the cornea is replaced by donor material. The part incapable of functioning is replaced and the healthy part remains. In 2013, the Department of Ophthalmology performed keratoplasty in almost 400 patients, with the very latest minimally invasive techniques used in more than 80% of cases. These achievements made the Department of General Ophthalmology one of the leading centers in Germany and Europe.

The range of medical services of the department covers:

  • 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 transplantation with cataract surgery
  • Combined transplantation with the surgery for glaucoma treatment/removal
  • Perforating keratoplasty
  • Amniotic membrane transplantation
  • Mucous membrane transplantation

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