Univ.-Prof. Dr. Björn Bachmann

Department of Ophthalmology
University of Cologne
Kerpener Str. 62, 50937 Cologne
+49 221 478-5862



Project leader

Scientific career

11/2014 – 06/2021 Head of the ophthalmologic assessment department at the University Eye Clinic Cologne

Since 06/2014 University Professor for Cornea and Immunology of the Ocular Surface at the Center for Ophthalmology at the University of Cologne (appointed June 2013)

10/2011 – 05/2014 Senior physician at the University Eye Clinic Erlangen

07/2011 – 05/2014 Medical Director of the Cornea Bank, University Eye Clinic Erlangen

07/2011 – 05/2014 Transplantation representative of the University Eye Clinic Erlangen

01/2011 – 09/2011 Functional senior physician at the University Eye Clinic Erlangen

12/2009 – 12/2010 Specialist in ophthalmology at the University Eye Clinic Erlangen

01/2006 – 12/2009 Assistant doctor at the University Eye Clinic Erlangen

11/2003 – 12/2005 Research assistant at the Institute of Anatomy II, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

04/2002 – 09/2003 Internship at the Eye Clinic of the University Medical Center Mainz

Prizes and honors

2020 Keynote lecture ESCRS Winter meeting: “A Paradigm Shift from Conservative to Surgical Treatment of Acute Hydrops in Keratoconus”

Since 2018 Annual “TOP Mediziner” award from the FOCUS Gesundheit editorial team (corneal diseases; refractive surgery and cataracts)

Since 2022 (first publication) Stern doctor list: Excellent doctor in the field of keratoplasty

2016-2018 Best reviewer of the journal “Der Ophthalmologe” of the German Ophthalmological Society

2016 24th place in the Laborjournal’s ranking of the most cited eye researchers working in Germany

2014 “Prof. Kok-van Alphen lecture” of the Dutch Cornea Foundation, Maastricht

2012 Research Prize of the German Odd Fellows

2010 Best Paper Award, co-author, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Chicago

2009 Sicca Research Award of the Dry Eye Division of the German Ophthalmologists’ Association, DOG, Leipzig

Selected publications

  1. Zwingelberg SB, Lautwein B, Baar T, Heinzel-Gutenbrunner M, von Brandenstein M, Nobacht S, Matthaei M, Bachmann BO. The influence of obesity, diabetes mellitus and smoking on fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). Sci Rep. 2024 May 21;14(1):11596.
  2. Händel A, Siebelmann S, Matthaei M, Cursiefen C, Bachmann B. Mini-DMEK for the Treatment of Chronic Focal Corneal Endothelial Decompensation. Cornea. 2023 Jan 1;42(1):12-19.
  3. Händel A, Siebelmann S, Lüke JN, Matthaei M, Cursiefen C, Bachmann B. Influence of Body Position on Intraocular Pressure After Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty: A Prospective Randomized Trial. Cornea. 2023 Mar 1;42(3):320-325.
  4. Schrittenlocher S, Grass C, Dietlein T, Lappas A, Matthaei M, Cursiefen C, Bachmann B. Graft survival of Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) in corneal endothelial decompensation after glaucoma surgery. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2022 May;260(5):1573-1582.
  5. Moshiri I, Karimi-Golkar D, Schrittenlocher S, Cursiefen C, Bachmann BO. Outcomes of Pseudophakic, Phakic, and Triple DMEK. Cornea. 2021 Oct 1;40(10):1253-1257.
  6. Schaub F, Gerber F, Adler W, Enders P, Schrittenlocher S, Heindl LM, Cursiefen C, Bachmann BO. Corneal Densitometry as a Predictive Diagnostic Tool for Visual Acuity Results After Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Feb;198:124-129.
  7. Hos D, Dörrie J, Schaft N, Bock F, Notara M, Kruse FE, Krautwald S, Cursiefen C, Bachmann BO. Blockade of CCR7 leads to decreased dendritic cell migration to draining lymph nodes and promotes graft survival in low-risk corneal transplantation. Exp Eye Res. 2016 May;146:1-6.
  8. Petsch C, Schlötzer-Schrehardt U, Meyer-Blazejewska E, Frey M, Kruse FE, Bachmann BO. Novel collagen membranes for the reconstruction of the corneal surface. Tissue Eng Part A. 2014 Sep;20(17-18):2378-89.
  9. Bachmann B, Taylor RS, Cursiefen C. Corneal neovascularization as a risk factor for graft failure and rejection after keratoplasty: an evidence-based meta-analysis. Ophthalmology. 2010 Jul;117(7):1300-5.e7. Epub 2010 Jun 3.
  10. Clahsen T, Hadrian K, Notara M, Schlereth SL, Howaldt A, Prokosch V, Volatier
    T, Hos D, Schroedl F, Kaser-Eichberger A, Heindl LM, Steven P, Bosch JJ,
    Steinkasserer A, Rokohl AC, Liu H, Mestanoglu M, Kashkar H, Schumacher B, Kiefer
    F, Schulte-Merker S, Matthaei M, Hou Y, Fassbender S, Jantsch J, Zhang W, Enders
    P, Bachmann B, Bock F, Cursiefen C. The novel role of lymphatic vessels in the
    pathogenesis of ocular diseases. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2023 Sep;96:101157.
  11. Matthaei M, Hribek A, Clahsen T, Bachmann B, Cursiefen C, Jun AS. Fuchs
    Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy: Clinical, Genetic, Pathophysiologic, and
    Therapeutic Aspects. Annu Rev Vis Sci. 2019 Sep 15;5:151-175.
  12. Bachmann BO, Schrittenlocher SA, Schaub F, Siebelmann S, Matthaei M,
    Cursiefen C. DMEK: Probleme vermeiden, erkennen, lösen [Complications of
    DMEKeratoplasty: Avoid, Recognize and Treat]. Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2017
  13. Bachmann B, Schrittenlocher S, Matthaei M, Siebelmann S, Cursiefen C.
    „Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty“ in komplexen Augen [Descemet
    membrane endothelial keratoplasty in complex eyes]. Ophthalmologe. 2019
  14. Matthaei M, Zwingelberg S, Siebelmann S, Howaldt A, Mestanoglu M, Schlereth
    SL, Giezelt C, Dötsch J, Fricke J, Neugebauer A, Lappas A, Dietlein T, Roters S,
    Bachmann BO, Cursiefen C. Diagnostik, Klinik und Genetik kongenitaler
    Hornhauttrübungen [Diagnostics, clinical aspects and genetics of congenital
    corneal opacities]. Ophthalmologe. 2022 May;119(5):443-452.
  15. Schlereth SL, Gietzelt C, Zwingelberg S, Matthaei M, Bachmann B, Cursiefen C.
    Chirurgische Therapieoptionen bei kongenitalen/kindlichen Hornhauttrübungen und
    Vorderabschnittsdysgenesien [Surgical treatment options for congenital/infantile
    corneal opacities and anterior segment dysgenesis]. Ophthalmologe. 2022
  16. Zwingelberg SB, Bachmann BO, Kolb A, Jonas R, Händel A, Matthaei M, Schaub F,
    Cursiefen C, Krohne TU, Mercieca K, Prokosch V. Was tun, wenn der Patient nichts
    sieht? [What to do when the patient sees nothing?]. Ophthalmologie. 2022
  17. Matthaei M, Bachmann B, Hos D, Siebelmann S, Schaub F, Cursiefen C. Technik
    der Boston-Typ-I-Keratoprothesen-Implantation : Videobeitrag [Boston type I
    keratoprosthesis implantation technique : Video article]. Ophthalmologe. 2019
  18. Cursiefen C, Bachmann B. Therapie der Fuchs-Endotheldystrophie mittels DMEK :
    Erfahrungen aus den letzten 10 Jahren [Treatment of Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy
    with DMEK : Experiences from the past 10 years]. Ophthalmologe. 2019
  19. Hos D, Matthaei M, Bock F, Maruyama K, Notara M, Clahsen T, Hou Y, Le VNH,
    Salabarria AC, Horstmann J, Bachmann BO, Cursiefen C. Immune reactions after
    modern lamellar (DALK, DSAEK, DMEK) versus conventional penetrating corneal
    transplantation. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2019 Nov;73:100768.