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Walter Lisch

Born  1941

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German-Austrian ophthalmologist, born 1941.

Biography of Walter Lisch

Walter Lisch is the son of Karl Lisch. After completing his schooling in Kufstein, Austria, he visited the universities of Vienna and Innsbruck to study medicine. Lisch received the degree of M.D. at the University of Innsbruck in 1969. He began his residency in ophthalmology at the Eye Department of the hospital of Wörgl, Austria (Head: Karl Lisch) in 1971. From 1975 to 1982, Lisch worked as an assistant and later as senior physician at the Department of Ophthalmology, City Hospital of Dortmund, Germany (Chairman: Klaus Ullerich).

From 1982 to 1991 Lisch was leading senior physician at the University eye clinic in Tübingen, Germany (Chairman: H.J. Thiel). In 1983 he became lecturer in ophthalmology with the thesis "Hereditäre vitreoretinale Degenerationen". In the same year this work was published as a monograph under the title: "Hereditary vitreoretinal degenerations" in Developments in Ophthalmology (Vol. 8 Karger, Basel-New York), translated from German into English by the late Frederick C. Blodi, Iowa.

In 1989 Lisch became Professor of Ophthalmology from the University of Tübingen. From 1991 until now, he is chief physician of the Department of Ophthalmology, City Hospital of Hanau, Germany. Besides general ophthalmology, Lisch is interested in ophthalmic research. Until now he published about 200 scientific papers and contributions in handbooks concerning genetical, clinical and surgical problems in ophthalmology. In 1981 Lisch published together with Albert Franceschetti, Geneva and Klaus Ullerich, Dortmund a chapter in the handbook Der Augenarzt, Vol. II, Thieme, Leipzig, titled Augenveränderungen bei Schädeldysostosen. In 1984 he organized together with Wolfgang Hammerstein, Düsseldorf, a symposion of the German ophthalmological society: Ophthalmological Genetics. In 1985 Hammerstein and Lisch edited the monograph "Ophthalmologische Genetik" (Bücherei des Augenarztes, Vol. 105, Enke, Stuttgart). In 1992 Lisch presented a new dystrophy of the corneal epithelium which is now known as "Lisch corneal dystrophy" (American Journal of Ophthalmology 2000; 130:461-468). Corneal metabolic disorders are of Lisch`s special clinical and scientifical interest.

We thank Walter Lisch for submitting this information about himself and "his" dystrophy.


  • W. Lisch:
    Hereditary vitreoretinal degenerations.
    Developments in Ophthalmology. Volume 8. Basel., Karger, 1983.
  • W. Hammerstein, W. Lisch:
    Ophthalmologische Genetik.
    Bücherei des Augenarztes. Volume 105. Stuttgart, Enke, 1985.
  • J.P. Wayenborgh:
    International Biography and Bibliography of Ophthalmologists and Vision Scientists. Part 2. Lisch Walter. Pages 42-43. J.P. Wayenborgh, Belgium, 2002 (www.history-ophthalmology.com)

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