Prof. Dr. Michael KnorzProfessor Michael Knorz began his clinical career as Senior Physician at the University Eye Clinic Mannheim (1988 to 1998). In 1993, Professor Michael Knorz introduced the LASIK procedure in Germany. He also introduced LASIK to India and performed the first LASIK there in Mumbai in 1994.
At the same time, he established the first German LASIK center at the University Eye Clinic Mannheim which in 1999 was converted into the FreeVis LASIK Center Mannheim.
As of today, Michael Knorz is the medical director of this FreeVis LASIK Center as well as the founder and CEO of the FreeVis LASIK Group.
Professor Knorz’ main research areas are in cataract and refractive surgery, intraocular lenses and femtosecond laser technology. He has published over 50 original articles in peer reviewed journals, 50 book chapters, and a comprehensive textbook on phacoemulsification, recently printed in its second edition. He has presented more than 400 papers and participated in over 200 courses on phacoemulsification and refractive surgery all over the world.
Appointments in societies and review boards
Professor Michael Knorz is senior associate editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery (JRS) and Past Chairman of the editorial board, Ocular Surgery News, Europe Edition. In 2011, the AAO appointed him as member of the ISRS’ Program Committee and Multimedia Library Editorial Board.
He is co-founder, board member and was the 2010/2011 president of the Organization of German Specialty Clinics for Eye Laser and Refractive Surgery (VSDAR), board member and 2010/2011 president of the International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC) as well as honorary member of the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (SASCRS). He currently serves as IIIC’s Executive Director.
Professor Michael Knorz is actively involved in the creation of standards of care in the field of refractive surgery. He was the chairman of the “Kommission Refraktive Chirurgie (KRC)”(committee on refractive surgery), a joint committee of the German Ophthalmological Association (Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft, DOG) and the Professional Association of German Ophthalmologists (Berufsverband der Augenärzte Deutschlands, BVA), which is responsible for standards of care in refractive surgery and certification of refractive surgeons. He currently serves as the secretary of the KRC.
Awards and honors
Professor Michael Knorz is the receipient of numerous international awards and honors, among them:
2010-2015: FOCUS Expert List
The news magazine FOCUS includes Michael Knorz, MD, as one of Germany’s experts for refractive and cataract surgery.
2014: First President of the European Executive Committee of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS)
2010-2012: President of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC)
2011: Best Poster Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology for the presentation of “Reduction in Mean Cumulative Dissipated Energy Following Lens Liquefaction With an Intraocular Femtosecond Laser”
2011: DOC Gold Medal
for outstanding contributions for the International Congress of German Ophthalmosurgeons (DOC)
2009: Secretariat Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Recognizes ophthalmologists for their special service or contribution through outstanding organizational, management and/or administrative activities in support of the AAO and ophthalmology.
2008: “Arthur Lim Lecture”
Highest honor of the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS).
Lecture topic: Femtosecond Laser Surgery
2008: “Senior Achievement Award”
Of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
2006: “Casebeer Lecture Award”
Of the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (ISRS/AAO)
2005: “TOP 50 Opinion Leader”
Voted by colleagues and readers of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, for outstanding contribution and leadership in the fields of cataract and refractive surgery.
2005: Honorary Member of the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (SASCRS)
2003: Epstein Lecture of the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (SASCRS)
2001: Kritzinger Memorial Lecture of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
2001: Kritzinger Safari Lecture of the South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
2000: Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)