University Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Laser resection of retinoblastoma (program ID: 208049)

Claus Cursiefen

Prof. Dr. med.

Claus Cursiefen

Department of Ophthalmology

Specialized in: ophthalmology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

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

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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

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal, fT3, fT4
    • tumor markers
    • indicators of inflammation
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • ophthalmologic examination
  • CT / MRI of the head
  • eyes ultrasound 
  • preparation of pre-operational standard
  • laser resection of tumor
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • explanation of future recommendations
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About hospital

The University Hospital Cologne in Germany offers patients medical care at the always current state of knowledge and skills. The Department constantly looks for new methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients. As a hospital of excellence at the University Cologne („Exzellenz-Universität “), the Department continuously do research for new knowledge in all fields of human health. Due to the active, committed teaching, even recent graduates can provide excellent treatment quality.  The people, who work at the University Hospital Cologne, commit themselves day after day to the physical and mental well being of our patients.

In the University Hospital Cologne You will receive a good care. The team of doctors and the medical staff will support You during the recovery process from the first appointment and up to the outpatient treatment after the hospitalization. During your hospital stay many employees work day after day, hand in hand in order to make Your hospital stay as nice as possible.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

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Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.