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Steffen Hamann

Steffen Hamann MD, PhD

Clinical Research Associate Professor, Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Steffen Hamann is a Clinical Research Associate Professor and Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist, affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. After medical school (1999) he went on to complete a ph.d. and post.doc. on the molecular mechanisms of water transport in the eye (2003, University of Copenhagen). His ophthalmology residency training was completed at Rigshospitalet (2010), where he also did his clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship (2010-2013), including a short stay at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK with Dr. Gordon Plant. Since 2014 he has been a consultant neuro-ophthalmologist at Righospitalet, serving the needs of patients with disorders involving the visual pathways and oculomotor systems. He splits his time between clinics, teaching and research.

Dr. Hamann’s research interests center around optic neuropathies, where axonal compression and loss of blood supply lead to loss of vision. In particular, his group is aiming at developing analytical tools and interpretation guidelines for advanced imaging modalities of the optic nerve head. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers. His first paper as a first author (1998) was a pioneer work, which localized the presence of aquaporin water channels in the eye, and was conducted together with Peter Agre, who later received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of the aquaporins. In 2002 Dr. Hamann published an article describing a novel method for the measurement of cellular water transport. This highly cited article has been read more than 5.400 times on the scientific platform ResearchGate. Dr. Hamann is Academic Editor for the journal PLOS One and recently was Guest Editor with Dr. Fiona Costello for the focused series of ‘The Use of OCT as a Biomarker in Neuro-Ophthalmology’ published in the Annals of Eye Science (2020). In 2015 he founded the international Optic Disc Drusen Studies (ODDS) Consortium of which he is Chair. The aim of the ODDS Consortium is, via multicenter studies, to investigate in depth the etiology, diagnostic principles, structure-function relationships, and management strategies of optic disc drusen.


Dr. Hamann has no relevant disclosures.

Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:

  1. Young Adults With Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy