Curriculum Vitae


1966-1970 Elementary School in Nürnberg
1970-1979 High School in Nürnberg and Tutzing
1979-1986 Medical School, Ludwig-Maximilians-University
May 30, 1986 Doctoral thesis, University Eye Hospital, Munich

Postdoctoral Training

1986 Internal rotation in Ophthalmic Pathology
Howe Laboratory, Harvard Medical School,
Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
1986-1987 Research Fellow
Institute of Immunology,
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
1987-1990 Resident in Ophthalmology
University Eye Hospital, Munich
1990-1992 Research Fellow in Photomedicine
Wellman Laboratories,
General Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1991-1992 Research Fellow in Ophthalmology
Massachusetts Ear Infirmary,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1992-1993 Clinical Fellow in Medical Retina
University Eye Hospital,
Medical University of Lübeck

Board Certification

1993 Ophthalmology

Editorial Boards

2004- Co-Editor: Spektrum der Augenheilkunde
2004- Editorial Board: European Journal of Ophthalmology
2007- Editorial Board of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO)
2007- Associate Editor of Acta Ophthalmologica
2008- Editorial Board of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS)
2014- Editorial Board of Journal of Clinical Research and Ophthalmology
2014- Ocular Surgery News Europe (OSNE)
2014- AIMS Medical Science, Ophthalmology Section

Academic and Hospital Appointments

1992-2004 Research Associate
Medical Laser Center
University of Lübeck, Germany
1993-1995 Instructor in Ophthalmology
University Eye Hospital Lübeck
1996-1999 Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology
University Eye Hospital Lübeck
2000-2004 Professor in Ophthalmology
2004- Appointment at the University of Vienna
Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology
2008- Visiting Professorship:
Mc Gill University / Montreal / Canada
2008- Board Member of the Austrian Research Association (OeFG)
2010-2013 Elected member of the Senate
Medical University of Vienna
2010-2013 Member of Oesterreichischer Wissenschaftsrat
(Medical Science Board)
2013- Director Christian Doppler Laboratory for Ophthalmic Image Analysis (OPTIMA)
2013- Adjunct Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Chicago, USA

Grants and Awards

1979-1986 Grant of Excellence, State of Bavaria
1990-1992 Research Fellowship by the German
Research Council (DFG), # SCHM 836:
Photodynamic therapy in ocular neovascular disease
1991-1992 Fight for Sight Grant, # GA 91025:
Endothelial targeting in
photodynamic vascular occlusion
1993 Christiansen Award for Research in Macular Degeneration
1994 Grant of the German Research Council (DFG)
for the acquisition of a laser scanning ophthalmoscope
1996 Hans Sautter Award for clinical research in age-related macular degeneration
1999 Leonhard Klein-Award for new developments in ocular microsurgery
2000 Macular Research Award by the Pro Retina Foundation
2000 Carl Zeiss Research Award 2000 by Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft / Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
2001 Research Award by the German Ophthalmological Society
2002 Research Grant by the German Research Council
(DFG), # SCHM 836/2: Optimization of photodynamic therapy
2003 Christiansen Grant for Research in retinal disease
2002 Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
2004 Roger Johnson Award for Macular Research
University of Washington/ Seattle:
Essential advances in diagnosis and therapy of macular diseases
The only European laureate
2005 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award of the Macula Society:
Notable advance in the clinical treatment of disorders of the eye
The only European laureate
2010 Donald Gass Award
Retina Society, USA
2010 Senior Achievement Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology, USA
2012 ARVO Silver Fellow, USA
2015 Deutsche Ophthalmochirurgen (DOC) – Medaille in Silber
(German Ophthalmic Surgeons – Silver Medal)
2018 J. Donald M. Gass Medal for outstanding services in the field of ophthalmology
International Macula Society in Los Angeles


335 Original papers
193 First authorships
463 Lectures and oral presentations


1998 US-Patent Nr. 5, 798, 349: Verteporfin Therapy
Use of green porphyrins to treat neovasculature in the eye
1999 German Patent: Az. 198 50 149.8: Dreidimensionale Angiographie
Verfahren zur topographischen Darstellung fluoreszierender innerer Oberflächen
1999 US-Patent: Ref. 2005/48325:  Three-dimensional angiography method for the topographic display of fluorescent interior surfaces
2009 European Patent: 09158781.6: Polarisations OCT
Automatische Detektierung von intra-retinalen Lipidexsudaten mit Hilfe der OCT
2016 Int. Patent: PCT/EP2016/05249: Computerized device and method for processing image data


1990- Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG)
1990- Academy for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
1991- Retinologische Gesellschaft (RG)
1994-2004 Vereinigung Norddeutscher Augenärzte
1997- American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
1998- Macula Society / USA
1998- Retina Society / USA
1998- European Fluorescein Angiography Club (FAN-Club)
2000- Schepens International Society /USA
2000- Club Jules Gonin
2001- EURETINA – Board member
2005 Chair of the Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft in Wien (WOG)
2006 American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS)
2007 Elected member of the European Academy of Ophthalmologists
2007- Founding Member of Women in Retina (WinR) of the American Society of Retina Specialists
2008 Board EuroLam (Retina Club of Europe and Latin America)
2010- International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
2010- European Academy of Ophthalmology (EAO)
2012- The American Ophthalmological Society (AOS)
2016- Member European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
2016- Member European Academy of Sciences and Arts
2018 Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Expert functions

2007- 2010 Committee Board Member “Innovation in medical technology”
Federal Ministery of Education and Research, Germany
2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Committee:
BCSC Retina and Vitreous
2008 Lecturer at European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO), Lugano
2008- Lecturer in the PhD-Program at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM), Academy of Sciences, Vienna
2009 Member Novartis Science Board / Headquarter Basel
2010 – Board International Forum Alpbach
2010 – Vice president / European Forum Alpbach
2011 – Consultant expert for McKinsey & Company Inc. / USA
2011 – Reviewer / Austrian Academy of Sciences
(Austrian Programme for Advanced Research and Technology, APART)
2011 – Reviewer / WELCOME Trust
2012 – 2013 Expert in the Ministry of Health’s sponsored visiting expert programme / Singapore
2012- Reviewer for Research Funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
2013 – Member of the awards committee of Graefe-medal of German Ophthalmologic Society
2013 – Appointment as a medical assessor on the Patient Arbitration Board of the Vienna Medical Chamber
2016 President EURETINA
2016- Expert evaluator for the EUROPEAN Commission