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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. med. Thomas Kohnen, MD, PhD, FEBO

Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology Goethe University, Frankfurt

Professional Experience

  • Since 2/2012 Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2011 Offer of the Val and Edith Green Presidential Professorship, University of Utah, Salt, Lake City, USA
  • 2011 Offer of the Professorship and Chairman position for Ophthalmology, Department of
  • Ophthalmology, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • 2011 Offer of the Professorship and Chairman position for Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2008 Fellow of European Board of Ophthalmologists (FEBO)
  • 2007 Military Exercise (Chief Staff Surgeon), Military Hospital in Ulm, Germany
  • 2003 – 2012 Deputy Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2003 Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • 2001 Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • Since 2000 Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of
  • Medicine, Houston, TX/USA
  • 1997 1997 Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Goethe-University, Frankfurt

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kohnen, MD, PhD, FEBO

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
  • Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • 1996 Appointment as Head Surgeon
  • 1995 – 1997 DFG (German Research Foundation) Scholarship at Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor
  • College of Medicine, Houston, TX/USA, “Physiology and pathophysiology of
  • refractive corneal interventions with laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK). An experimental and clinical survey“
  • 1995 Traveler Scholarship, International Society for Refractive Surgery, Minneapolis,
  • MN/USA
  • 1994 – 1995 Assistant Medical Director, Military Hospital, Ulm, Military Service (Medical Officer)
  • and Military Exercise (Chief Staff Surgeon)
  • 1994 German Board of Ophthalmology, Tübingen, Germany
  • 1992 – 1993 Scientific Assistant, University Eye Clinic, Gießen, Germany (resident in
  • ophthalmology)
  • 1991 MD, License to practice medicine
  • 1989 – 1992 Scientific Assistant, Clinic Dardenne Bonn, Germany (resident in ophthalmology)
  • 1989 Physician’s Examination
  • 1986 / 1987 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Milan, Italy and
  • Bombay, India
  • Academic Studies / Qualifications

Studies

  • 1982-1989 Medicine (Aachen, Bonn, USA)
  • Medical Examination: 11.05.1989
  • Approbation as Doctor: 01.02.1991
  • 2006-2007 Health Care Management (ebs)
  • European Business School, International University, Schloß
  • Reichartshausen, Germany
  • Degree: Health Care Management (ebs)
  • Doctorate
  • 1989 Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn
  • Dissertation: “Capsular and zonular ruptures as complications of cataract surgery
  • with phacoemulsification“
  • 06.06.1989, overall rating: summa cum laude
  • Habilitation treatise
  • 2000 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • Habilitation treatise: “Holmium:YAG laser thermal keratoplasty to correct
  • hyperopia: Histological, ultrastructural, immunhistochemical,
  • and clinical studies“
  • Medical Specialist Training and Accreditation
  • 1994 Specialist in Ophthalmology
  • 2008 European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO)

Examiner

  • Member of the Control Commission of the Institute for Medical and Pharmaceutical Examination
  • Questions (IMPP, Mainz) since 2015
  • Chairman and Member of the Examination Board for the Oral and Practical Examination of the
  • 2nd and 3rd Section of the Medical Examination in Higher Education at the University of
  • Frankfurt
  • Medical Specialist Examiner for Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate

Organisational Memberships

  • Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG) ?German Ophthalmologist Society? Since 2015
  • – Board Member 2008 – 2014
  • – Treasurer Since 2014
  • – First Vice President 2015/2016
  • – President 2016/2017
  • Kommission für Refraktive Chirurgie (KRC) ?Commission for Refractive Surgery?Since 1999
  • – Vice Chairman 2006 – 2010
  • – Chairman Since 2010
  • Vereinigung Ophthalmologischer Lehrstuhlinhaber e.V. (VOL) ?Association of
  • Ophthalmologic Chairholders?Since 2011
  • – Treasurer Since 2012
  • Berufsverband der Augenärzte (BVA) ?Professional Association of Ophthalmologists? Since 1989
  • Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Intraokularlinsen-Implantation, Interventionelle &
  • Refraktive Chirurgie (DGII) ?German-speaking Society for Intraocular Implantation,
  • Intervention and Refractive Surgery?
  • Since 1990
  • – Board Member (DGII)  2005 – 2016
  • – President (DGII)  2008 – 2012
  • – Vice President  (DGII) 2012 – 2016
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Since 1992
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Since 1993
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) Since 1994
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)  Since 1995
  • – Refractive Surgery Interest Group Since 1996
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), (former EIIC) Since 1989
  • – Co-opted Member of the Board 1997 – 2013
  • – Board Member Since 2013
  • – Treasure  Since 2017
  • – Member of the Publications Committee of the ESCRS 1997- 2013
  • – Chair of the Publications Committee Since 2013
  • – Member of the Research Committee Since 2012
  • International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC) Since 1995
  • – Secretary 2014 – 2016
  • – Treasurer 2016 – 2018
  • Vereinigung Rhein-Mainischer Augenärzte ?Association of German Rhine-Main
  • Ophthalmologists?Since 1995
  • – President Since 2013
  • Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Since 1996
  • Kontrollkommissionen for the Institut für medizinische und pharmazeutische
  • Prüfungsfragen ?Monitoring Commission for the Institute for Medicine and
  • Pharmaceutical Examinations?Since 2015
  • Frankfurter Medizinische Gesellschaft (FMG) Since 2007
  • – Member of the Advisory BoardSince 2017
  • Publications (IF = 424.6)
  • Original Articles 222 Case Reports 25
  • Reviews 35 Books 14
  • Editorials 99 Chapters 138
  • Editorships
  • Since 2014 Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery – Editor
  • 1997-2013 Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery – Associate Editor
  • Since 2006 Der Ophthalmologe – Associate Editor
  • Since 2009 Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde – Focal Topic Editor
  • Since 2016 American Journal of Ophthalmology – ad hoc Associate Editor Editorial Board
  • American Journal of Ophthalmology Since 2016
  • Graefe’s Archive of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology Since 2000
  • Ophthalmologica 2007-2014
  • Scientific Reviewer Activities – Journals (past & present, selection)
  •  zcta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica
  •  American Journal of Ophthalmology
  •  Archives of Ophthalmology
  •  Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
  •  British Journal of Ophthalmology
  •  BMC Ophthalmology
  •  Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update
  •  Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
  •  Cornea
  •  Current Eye Research
  •  Der Anaesthesist
  •  Der Ophthalmologe
  •  Dove: Clinical Ophthalmology
  •  European Journal of Implant & Refractive
  • Surgery
  •  European Journal of Ophthalmology
  •  European Journal of Trauma and
  • mergency Surgery
  •  Expert Review of Ophthalmology
  • EYE
  • Graefe’s Archive of Clinical and Experimental
  • Ophthalmology
  • Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
  • Journal of Biophotonics
  • Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and
  • Therapeutics
  • Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Journal of Optometry
  • Journal of Refractive Surgery
  • Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde
  • Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics
  • Ophthalmo-Chirurgie
  • Ophthalmologica
  • Ophthalmology
  • Saudi Medical Journal
  • Survey of Ophthalmology
  • Scientific Reviewer Activities – Funding Bodies
  • Assessment for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG (German Research Foundation)
  • Research Grant Applications & Major Research Instrumentation (since 2007)
  • Assessment for the “Research Strategy Decision of the Fund 2000 – 2003, Helmholtz
  • Association”
  • Assessment for the “Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle GmbH” Ministry of Culture of
  • Saxony-Anhalt (2003)
  • Assessment for the “DOG Research Support for Young Scientists” (2004)
  • DIOmed publisher, Patient Education (since 2005)
  • Assessment for the “Jubilee Fund of the Austrian National Bank” (since 2010)
  • Assessment for the Julius Springer Prize for Ophthalmology (2008, 2012)
  • Scientific Organiser Activities – Scientific Meetings
  • DGII Annual Meeting (Programme Committee) since 1997
  • DOG Annual Meeting (Programme Committee) since 1999
  • ESCRS Annual Congress (Programme Committee) since 2000
  • Honors and Awards
  • Best Paper of Session from ASCRS 1994
  • First Prize of the Festival (co-author) from ESCRS 1994
  • Best Paper of Session (co-author) from ASCRS 1995
  • Goar Award (co-author) from Baylor Alumni Meeting, Houston, TX / USA 1996
  • DOG Research Award – total: 25,000 DM 1996
  • Kiewiet de Jonge Medal (ESCRS) 2000
  • DOG Research Award (jointly with Dr. J. Bühren)- Total: $ 50,000 2001
  • DOG Leonhard Klein Award – Total: € 7,500 2002
  • Achievement Award from the AAO 2002
  • Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today – Selection as one of the Top 50 opinion leaders 2005-6
  • Kiewiet de Jonge Medal (Coauthor) from ESCRS 2005
  • 3rd Prize for Educational Value – ESCRS / Alcon Annual Video Festival 2005
  • R.M.O. Meeting, Zermatt – Video Winner 2006
  • DOG Sicca Research Award – total: € 2,500 2007
  • Senior Achievement Award – For many years of distinguished service in programs of the
  • Society from the Board of Trustees, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2009
  • FOCUS doctors list 2010 – Expert in refractive surgery and cataract choice- Top doctors 2010
  • DOC Gold Medal 2010
  • Prize for Extraordinary Commitment in Teaching 2013
  • DOC Silver Medal 2014
  • Funded Research
  • Principle Investigator: A multicentre clinical investigation of the Akreos Advanced
  • Optic Micro Incision lens, MI60, posterior chamber IOL after microincision cataract
  • surgery
  • 2007 – 2009
  • Principle Investigator: A randomized, single-masked monocular study to evaluate the
  • safety and effectiveness of the Akreos toric IOL when used to correct primary aphakia
  • with the reduction of astigmatism
  • 2008 – 2013
  • Principle Investigator: Prospective, randomized, double-masked clinical evaluation of
  • objective and subjective accommodation after cataract surgery and implantation of an
  • accommodating intraocular lens
  • Since 2009
  • Principle Investigator: Prospective evaluation of a toric sulcus fixed additive for
  • correction of residual astigmatism after cataract surgery [Prospektive Evaluation
  • torischer sulcusfixierter additiver Intraokularlinsen zur Korrektur von residualen
  • Astigmatismen nach Kataraktoperation]
  • Since 2009
  • Principle Investigator: Prospective clinical study to evaluate efficacy of ICOLENSTM,
  • a bifocal corneal implant to treat presbyopia
  • Since 2010
  • Principle Investigator: A prospective pilot clinical study of the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR
  • multifocal toric IOL
  • 2011 – 2012
  • Principle Investigator: Visual Characteristics of Patients with AMD and Cataract
  • 2012
  • Principle Investigator: Clinical trial for the assessment of the TECHNIS® 1-piece
  • multifocal intraocular model series ZMT [Klinische Studie zur Beurteilung der
  • TECNIS® 1-Piece Multifokal Torischen Intraokularlinse, Modell Serie ZMT]
  • 2012 – 2013
  • Principle Investigator: Clinical outcomes after implantation of the AcrySof Restor +2,5
  • multifocal intraocular lens (MIOL) in the dominant eye and randomization of the
  • AcrySof Restor +2,5D or +3 D in the fellow eye.
  • 2012 – 2013
  • Principle Investigator: A Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Study of Safety and
  • Effectiveness of Acrysof IQ ReSTOR +8.0D Multifocal IOL in Comparison to
  • ACRYSOF IQ Monofocal IOL in subjects with Age-Related Macular Degeneration and
  • Cataract (C-11-039)
  • 2012 – 2013
  • Principle Investigator: Long Term Safety Follow-up for Subjects Previously Implanted
  • with the AcrySof® CachetTM Phakic Lens in Clinical Studies C-02-23, C-02-40, C-03-
  • 21 and C-05-57
  • 2012 – 2016
  • Principle Investigator: Improvement of visual acuity with presbyopia through
  • aspherical multifocal excimer surgery by means of LASIK [Verbesserung der
  • Lesesehschärfe bei Presbyopie durch asphärische multifokale Excimerchirurgie
  • mittels LASIK]
  • Since 2012
  • Principle Investigator: Prospective study to evaluate the visual outcome, cylinder
  • correction and patient satisfaction after implantation of Lisa Tri Toric 939MP
  • Intraocular lenses (VICTORI)
  • Since 2013
  • Principle Investigator: Review and evaluation of the functional visual results after
  • implantation of a multifocal intraocular Lentis Mplus® X [Überprüfung und
  • Evaluierung der funktionellen Sehergebnisse nach Implantation der multifokalen
  • Intraokularlinse LENTIS® Mplus X]
  • Since 2013
  • Principle Investigator: Clinical Evaluation of the HOYA Vivinex IOL – The purpose of
  • this clinical trial is to evaluate the clinical acceptability of the HOYA Vivinix IOL
  • compared to the Alcon AcrySof IOL
  • Since 2014
  • Principle Investigator: A Controlled Evaluation of the Safety and Efficacy of LASIK
  • with Cross-linking Performed with the KXL System and VibeX Xtra (Riboflavin
  • Ophthalmic Solution) Compared to LASIK Alone for High Myopia and Myopic
  • Astigmatism [Kontrollierte Evaluation der Sicherheit und Effektivität von Laser in situ
  • Keratomileusis (LASIK) zur Korrektur von myopie und myopem Astigmatismus]
  • Since 2014
  • Investigator: Visual Performance of patients bilaterally implanted with the TENIS
  • Symfony IOL
  • 2014-2015
  • Principle Investigator: Prospective randomized clinical study comparing an
  • intraocular lens with extended depth of focus vs a regular monofocal intraocular lens
  • [Prospektiv randomisierte klinische Studie zum Vergleich einer Intraokularlinse mit
  • erweitertem Tiefenschärfentiefebereich mit einer regulären monofokalen
  • Intraokularlinse] (ASPHINOVA)
  • 2015
  • Principle Investigator: Investigation of ACRYSOF ® IQ PanOptix™ Presbyopia
  • Correcting IOL Model TFNT00
  • Since 2016
  • Principle Investigator (Germany): PREMED: PREvention of Macula EDema after
  • cataract surgery [PREMED: von Makulaödemen nach Katarakt OP]
  • 2016
  • Study Groups
  • Clinical and experimental studies on cataracts, IOL, corneas, optical quality, refractive surgery,
  • glaucoma and the retina.