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Nikolaos Bechrakis

Prof. Dr. Nikolaos Bechrakis MD

Job Title:
Professor and Chair
Medical School:
Free University of Berlin
Residency Program:
Free University of Berlin
Innsbruck, Austria
Club Jules Gonin, German Ophthalmological Society (DOG), European Ophthalmic Pathology Society (EOPS), Ophthalmic Oncology Group (OOG), European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA), European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER), Berufsverband Augenarzte Deutschlands, Greek Vitreo-Retinal Society, Hellenic Opthalmological Society, Austrian Ophthalmological Society
Contact Information:
Anichstr 35
Austria 6020
Phone: +43 512 504 23720
Fax: +43 512 504 23720
Web site:

Nikolaos E. Bechrakis, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology, Chairman
Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
Anichstr. 35, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
tel: +43 512 504 / 23720

fax: +43 512 504 / 23722
e-mail :
Place and date of birth : Bern / Switzerland, 22.11.1964
Nationality: Greek and German
Medical school:
1982 - 1986 Medical faculty of the Universität des Saarlandes /Homburg, Germany
1986 - 1989 Medical faculty of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
1991-1995: Residency:Department of Ophthalmology (Chairman.: Prof. Dr. M.H. Foerster)
Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin, Freie Universität Berlin
1989: Ophthalmic Pathology: Professor W.R. Green, Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
1990: Ophthalmic Pathology: Professor W.R.Lee, Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
1995-1997 : Anterior segment surgery / Cornea: Professor F. Hoffmann
Retina (Medical / Surgical): Professor M.H. Foerster
Ophthalmic Oncology: Professor N. Bornfeld
Department of Ophthalmology, Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin, Charité, Berlin

MD-thesis: 1995: Title: Morphometric analysis of uveal melanomas
Degree : magna cum laude

Habilitation: 2001: Title: Clinical and histopathological analysis of angiogenesis in uveal melanomas

Hospital / Academic appointments :
1997 Ass. Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Charité, Berlin
2004 Assoc. Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Charité, Berlin
2005 Professor of Ophthalmology and Deputy Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, Charité, Berlin, Germany
2007 Appointment for the Chairman position of the Departments of Ophthalmology
at the Medical Universities of Schleswig-Holstein in Lübeck/ Germany and Innsbruck/Austria; after decline of the appointment in Lübeck:
2008 Professor of Ophthalmology and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

Editorial board:
• Greek Annals of Ophthalmology
• Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde
• Graefe´s Archives of Ophthalmology
• Ophthalmologe
• Spektrum der Augenheilkunde

Grants / Prizes :
2001 : Research grant from the German Science Foundation for the project "Angiogenesis in uveal melanomas".
Recipient of the 2003 Leonhard-Klein Prize of the German Science Foundation and German Ophthalmological Society for the development of significant innovations in ophthalmic microsurgery.
Recipient of the 3rd Prize of the 2003 Annual Research Competition at the Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Peer reviewed journals: 103 articles;
Books and other Monographs: 19
Invited speaker: 55
From the Ophthalmological Societies of: USA, China, Japan, Greece, Germany, Austria, France, Slovenia, Croatia
Organization of 46 scientific meetings / symposia

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