Prof. Dr.med Gerd U. Auffarth FEBO
Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr. med. Gerd U. Auffarth, FEBO
1983-1990 Graduated from the Medical School Aachen, RWTH University, Germany
Clinical Clerkships at the Turfu University Hospital, Finland, Albert-Schweitzer-Hospital in Lambarene/Gabun (West Africa), and Kettering General and District Hospital of the University of Leicester (UK)
1990 Resident of Ophthalmology at the Marienhospital Aachen, Educational Hospital of the RWTH Aachen, Germany
1992 Conferral of Doctorate (magna cum laude)
1992-1994 Research Fellow at the Center for Intraocular Lens Research
Storm Eye Institute, Dept. of Ophthalmology Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA, Recipient of the Max-Kade Postdoctoral Research Grant
1994-1995 Recipient of the research scholarship from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) with focus on “Genetic Degenerative Retinal Diseases” at the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg
1996 Board Certification in Ophthalmology
1998 Ophthalmologist at the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg and Habilitation in
Ophthalmology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
Since 2002 continuous member of the Board of Directors at the German-speaking Society of Intraocular Lens Implantation, Interventional and Refractive Surgery (DGII), at first as secretary, then as a board member, as president and general secretary
2004 Appointment as Vice Chairman and as Deputy Director of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg
2005 Extraordinary Professorship in Ophthalmology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
Since 2005 Director of the renowned International Vision Correction Research Centre (IVCRC), Dept. of Ophthalmology
2009 Appointment as acting Chairman of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg
2011 Appointment as Chairman of the Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg
Since 2012 Director of The David J. Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology, an endowment from the US Alumni Foundation of the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg from the USA
In 2014, 2016, 2018 #2 and 2020, Prof. Auffarth was elected as one of the most influential ophthalmologists in the world. Until today, he received more than 180 awards for his scientific works. Worth particular mentions here include the Theodor-Axel-Prize of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG), the Prof. Dr. h. c. Löhn Prize from the Steinbeis-Foundation and over 50 Video-Prizes for scientific films.
Publications: > 310 peer-reviewed publications, > 370 book chapters
Presentation at the congresses: >1270 lectures, >750 invited speeches, >690 posters, >270 video presentations
His main research interests focus on the biomaterial and implant research in cataract and laser surgery of the eye. His surgical expertise includes cataract and refractive, as well as cornea and glaucoma surgery. He was the first surgeon worldwide to implant a toric, an aspheric and a multifocal IOL.
Prof. Dr. Auffarth is currently on the board of the German-speaking Society of Intraocular Lens Implantation, Interventional and Refractive Surgery (DGII) and on the board of the European Society of Cataract and refractive Surgeons (ESCRS).