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Thomas Reinhard

Short CV

Current position

Since 2003 Chairman of the Eye Hospital at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg (Germany)

Surgical key aspects

Corneal surgery,especially corneal transplantation,limbal stemcell transplantation, amniotic membrane transplantation, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery
Performance of 21.631 surgical procedures


286 papers, of these 232 articles in journals with review system, Impact factor sum 335, citations 2.439 (google), Hirsch index 27 (google)
728 oral presentations (invited lectures, courses, posters, videos)
Organisation of 81 scientific conventions and symposia, moderation of further 61 scientific sessions

Since 2003 Section Editor “Essentials in Ophthalmology”, 12 prizes (e.g. Leonhard Klein Prize, Prize for Ophthalmic Surgery of the German Ophthalmological Society, Research Prize of the German Ophthalmic Surgeons)


CV of Thomas Reinhard [pdf]

Scientifc Interest

  • Improving lamellar and penetrating keratoplasty techniques
  • Development of methods to preventing graft rejections after keratoplasty
  • Treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency
  • Improving treatment options in inflammatory ocular surface disorders
  • Refractive surgery


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • European Eye Bank Association (EEBA) 
  • German Ophthalmological Society (DOG)
  • Deutsche Transplantationsgesellschaft (DTG)

Further Activities

  • 2004 - 2007 Chairman of the Freiburg Medical Society
  • Since 2006 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the „Bundesärztekammer“
  • Since 2006 Board member of Bio Implant Services (BIS), Leiden (Netherlands)
  • Since 2006 - 2009 Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty Freiburg
  • 2001 Board member of the Cornea Section in the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG), since 2008 Chairman of the Section for Tissue Transplantation and Biotechnology in the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG)
  • 2010 - 2011 President of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG), 2009 - 2010 1. Vice president, 2011 - 2012 2. Vice president
  • 2008 - 2011 Chairman of the eyenet Südbaden

Thomas Reinhard
Thomas Reinhard

Research Group

Anterior segment eye research


University Eye Hospital Freiburg

Killianstr. 5
79106 Freiburg

Phone: +49 761 270 4001
Fax: +49 761 270 4063



Key Publications

  1. Lasseck J, Auw-Haedrich C, Boehringer D, Reinhard T: 
    Keratocyte apoptosis increases in human corneal allografts during immune-mediated graft rejection.
    Brit J Ophthalmol, 2008; 92 (10): 1429-1430
  2. Maier P, Birnbaum F, Bohringer D, Reinhard T: 
    Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome Following Penetrating Keratoplasty.
    Arch Ophthalmol-chic, 2008; 126 (12): 1677-1681
  3. Maier P, Broszinski A, Heizmann U, Reinhard T: 
    Decreased active TGF-beta2 levels in the aqueous humour during immune reactions following penetrating keratoplasty.
    Eye, 2008; 22 (4): 569-575 
  4. Auw-Haedrich C, Martin G, Spelsberg H, Sundmacher R, Freudenberg N, Maier P, Reinhard T: 
    Expression of p16 in Conjunctival Intraepithelial Neoplasia Does Not Correlate with HPV-Infection
    The Open Ophthalmology Journal, 2008; 2: 48-56
  5. Birnbaum F, Mayweg S, Reis A, Bohringer D, Seitz B, Engelmann K, Messmer EM, Reinhard T: 
    Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) following penetrating high-risk keratoplasty
    Eye, 2009; 23 (11): 2063-2070
  6. Schwartzkopff J, Berger M, Birnbaum F, Bohringer D, Reinhard T: 
    Accelerated Corneal Graft Rejection in Baby Rats.
    Brit J Ophthalmol, 2009 in press
  7. Maier P, Heizmann U, Böhringer D, Kern Y, Reinhard T.:
    Distinct cytokine pattern in aqueous humor during immune reactions following penetrating keratoplasty.
    Mol Vis. 2010 Jan 15;16:53-60.
  8. Böhringer D, Daub F, Schwartzkopff J, Maier P, Birnbaum F, Sundmacher R, Reinhard T.:
    Operational post-keratopasty graft tolerance due to differential HLAMatchmaker matching.
    Mol Vis. 2010, 11;16:2362-7.
  9. Schwartzkopff J, Schlereth SL, Berger M, Bredow L, Birnbaum F, Böhringer D, Reinhard T.:
    NK cell depletion delays corneal allograft rejection in baby rats.
    Mol Vis. 2010 Oct 2;16:1928-35.
  10. Böhringer D, Böhringer S, Poxleitner K, Birnbaum F, Schwartzkopff J, Maier P, Sundmacher R, Reinhard T.:
    Long-term graft survival in penetrating keratoplasty: the biexponential model of chronic endothelial cell loss revisited.
    Cornea. 2010 Oct;29(10):1113-7.
  11. Maier P, Heizmann U, Böhringer D, Kern Y, Reinhard T.:
    Predicting the risk for corneal graft rejection by aqueous humor analysis.
    Mol Vis. 2011 Apr 25;17:1016-23.
  12. Graef S, Maier P, Boehringer D, Auw-Haedrich C, Reinhard T.:
    Femtosecond laser-assisted repeat keratoplasty: a case series.
    Cornea. 2011 Jun;30(6):687-91. 
  13. Ness T, Kern WV, Frank U, Reinhard T.:
    Postoperative nosocomial endophthalmitis: is perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis advisable? A single centre's experience.
    J Hosp Infect. 2011 Jun;78(2):138-42. 
  14. Bredow L, Biermann J, Tomalla M, Schilgen G, Grossmann W, Reinhard T.:
    Pilot Study of a New Posterior Chamber Phakic Intraocular Lens (Epi.Lens) for High Myopia.
    J Refract Surg. 2011 Oct 20:1-5. doi: 10.3928/1081597X-20111017-01.
  15. Mo JS, Maier P, Böhringer D, Reinshagen H, Sundmacher R, Reinhard T.:
    Total protein concentration and T-cell suppression activity of aqueous humour before and after penetrating keratoplasty.
    Eye (Lond). 2011 Nov 18. doi: 10.1038/eye.2011.290. 

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