Dr. Stephan J. Linke is a leading expert in the field of corneal diseases and their treatment, including keratoconus.
He holds a medical degree from the prestigious Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg (Germany) after successfully completing residencies at Inselspital in Bern (Switzerland), and the renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital (London). He completed his residency program of ophthalmology in the modern Department of Ophthalmology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) in Germany. Dr. Linke was the lead surgeon of the eye clinic and the head of the cornea and refractive unit until the foundation of zentrumsehstärke on the university campus in 2014.
Currently, he is a consultant and senior scientist at the Cornea, Cataract and External Disease Unit at UKE. He continuously visits other top international corneal centers to exchange scientific expertise and improve surgical skills. The focus of his clinical activity is the diagnostic and surgical treatment of anterior segment disease including keratoconus.
His surgical spectrum covers regular and complex cataract surgeries (monofocal, multifocal, toric) and all state of the art surgical procedures of the cornea (MyoRing implantation, crosslinking, amniotic membrane transplantation, lamellar and penetrating keratoplasty and laser refractive surgery - FemtoLaser).
His scientific work includes more than 60 international peer-reviewed articles indexed in the Journal Citation Report, and focuses mainly on corneal disease, therapeutic/ refractive laser surgery, intraoperative aberrometry and keratoconus. His research and scientific projects have been repeatedly supported by the German Ophthalmological Society. In 2013 Dr. Linke received the Hans-Sautter-Award and in 2016 he received the Dr.-Karl-Robert-Brauns-Prize for Ophthalmology for his contribution to the "Picosecond Infrared Laser System (=PIRL)" for corneal transplantation.