Department of Ophthalmology

Professor Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth

Scientific and Strategic Director

Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry


Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth is Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, one of the largest academic institutions in ophthalmology in Europe. Professor Schmidt-Erfurth’s clinical activities include surgical and medical retina. She is the founder of the Vienna Reading Center. In her scientific research, she focuses on developing novel diagnostic techniques, in retinal imaging and new treatment strategies such as intravitreal pharmacotherapy. She serves furthermore as Adjunct Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Chicago and is President of the European Health Forum.

The Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry at the Medical University Vienna has a long-standing tradition, having been founded in 1812 as the first University Eye clinic in the world. Ophthalmology was also the first discipline at the university after internal medicine and surgery to gain independent status requiring specialized residency training. Ophthalmologists from around the world travel to Vienna to learn more about their specialty and ophthalmological textbooks written by members of the Viennese department were translated into multiple languages.


The team at the Department of Ophthalmology is proud of their department’s history and strive to live up to the tradition and medical responsibility it has created when pursuing their activities in the clinic and research, where they have a strong publication record.


Our goal is to provide patient-centered care, conduct state-of-the-art scientific research and maintain the highest quality in our teaching. Through dedication to this goal, the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry of the Medical University Vienna is today one of Europe’s leading eye clinics.