Gerd Geerling is Professor of Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Duesseldorf, Germany. He studied medicine at the Medical School of the RWTH Aachen, Germany, King’s College, University of London before undertaking his specialist training in Ophthalmology at the University of Luebeck, Germany. He received subspecialist training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK with Fellowships in Cornea and External Eye Disease and Oculoplastic Surgery. He was also research fellow at the Institute of Ophthalmology, UC London and the Institute for Biomedical Optics, University of Luebeck. He was Consultant Surgeon in Cornea and Oculoplastics at the Department of Ophthalmology in Luebeck. until 2005 when he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. In 2011 he declined the position of Director and Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Magdeburg in order to take up these posts at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany., where he has established a tertiary referral service for severe corneal and ocular surface disorders, including dry eye and severe ocular adnexal diseases.
His clinical and research interests are the entire anterior segment (cornea, glaucoma and cataract), ocular adnexal disease and surgery, with a focus in cornea and external diseases and a particular interest in very severe ocular surface disease / Dry Eye and corneal infections and inflammatory disorders. In 2015 he established the comprehensive Düsseldorf Keratoprosthesis program and the German Keratomycosis registry. He has published widely in all these fields (over 170 peer-reviewed papers, 20 chapters, 4 books (Editor) and 30 other publications). He has been Editor in Chief of Current Eye Research for 13 years (2005 to 2017) and is currently board member of four scientific peer reviewed ophthalmic journals. He has acted as reviewer of scientific manuscripts and grant applications for more than 20 scientific journals, including IOVS, Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology and Cornea, the German Research Council, the Medical Research Council of the UK, the National Medical Research Council of Singapore and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). He has been a longstanding member of ARVO, DOG, TFOS and other scientific associations. He has been awarded scholarships by the German Research Council (DFG), the Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Gertrud Kusen Foundation and has received more than 10 national and international awards.