prof. dr. S.M. (Saskia) Imhof

prof. dr. S.M. (Saskia) Imhof

Full Professor
prof. dr. S.M. (Saskia) Imhof
  • Department of Ophthalmology



Saskia Imhof was appointed Professor in Ophthalmology and medical Chair of the department Ophthalmology UMC Utrecht at 1st april 2009. She is also head of the medical education of the department of Ophthalmology UMC Utrecht.

She started her career in 1988, after finishing medical school at the University of Amsterdam, as a resident at the Pediatric Oncology Hospital Emma Kinder ziekenhuis, Amsterdam. Saskia Imhof started her residency Ophthalmology in 1989 at the FC Donders Institute for Ophthalmology of the Academic Hospital Utrecht. During her residency she initiated her PhD research in retinoblastoma with Prof Tan. In 1993 she became a staff member at the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam. Her PhD research entitled: “Late effects of external beam radiotherapy in children with retinoblastoma” was completed in 1996. During her work as a staff member at the VUmc she has initiated and chaired the Retinoblastoma Center Netherlands were a multidisciplinary team was established centered around the patient and family with retinoblastoma. In 2006  Saskia Imhof was appointed vice president of the Dutch Ophthalmological Society ( NOG), and president from 2009-2012. Saskia Imhof is head of  the department Ophthalmology UMC Utrecht which has developed a  tertiary academic referral center for patients in the research- and care spearpoints: uveitis, medical retina, cornea/ anterior segment, vitreoretinal surgery, orbita and pediatric ophthalmology. In 2015  the department is certified by the Dutch Federation of UMC’s (NFU) as a Center of Excellence for uveitis and in 2017 as CoE for corneal diseases. At this moment the department counts 8 PhD students and 2 full professors ( de Boer and van Genderen (Bartimeus)), 6 principal investigators, 1 associate professor (Jonas Kuiper) and 2 assistent professors.

Side Activities


Chair Department Ophthalmology UMC Utrecht

Former President of the Educational Committee at the European Board of Ophthalmology
Examinator European Board of Ophthalmology
Former Chair of the board of Directors of Medical Professional Education at the UMC Utrecht
President Commissie Wetenschap Nederlands Oogheelkundig Gezelschap
Scientific Advisory Board CORR (Combined Ophthalmic Research Rotterdam)
President of FC Donders-Binkhorst Foundation, Utrecht
Board of Fischer Foundation, Utrecht
Board UitZicht Foundation

Raad van Toezicht (supervisory board) Koninklijke Visio ( 1/12/2019)

Gezondheidsraad lid commissie rijgeschiktheid


Fellowship and Awards

2007:  European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Award
Grants: KWF, Rotterdamse Blindenbelangen, Fischerstichting, ODAS, SNOO

Research Output (115)

Genotype-phenotype correlation in pseudoxanthoma elasticum

Bartstra Jonas W., Risseeuw Sara, de Jong Pim A., van Os Bram, Kalsbeek Lianne, Mol Chris, Baas Annette F., Verschuere Shana, Vanakker Olivier, Florijn Ralph J., Hendrikse Jeroen, Mali Willem, Imhof Saskia, Ossewaarde-van Norel Jeannette, van Leeuwen Redmer, Spiering Wilko mei 2021, In: Atherosclerosis. 324 , p. 18-26 9 p.

Blind spot and visual field anisotropy detection with flicker pupil perimetry across brightness and task variations

Portengen Brendan L., Roelofzen Carlien, Porro Giorgio L., Imhof Saskia M., Fracasso Alessio, Naber Marnix jan 2021, In: Vision Research. 178 , p. 86-92 7 p.

Digital Tools for the Self-Assessment of Visual Acuity:A Systematic Review

Claessens Janneau L.J., Geuvers Judith R., Imhof Saskia M., Wisse Robert P.L. 2021, In: Ophthalmology and therapy. p. 1-16 16 p.

Lessons Learned from 23 Years of Experience in Testing Visual Fields of Neurologically Impaired Children

Portengen Brendan L., Koenraads Yvonne, Imhof Saskia M., Porro Giorgio L. 1 nov 2020, In: Neuro-Ophthalmology. 44 , p. 361-370 10 p.

Visual functions in children with craniopharyngioma at diagnosis:A systematic review

Nuijts Myrthe A, Veldhuis Nienke, Stegeman Inge, van Santen Hanneke M, Porro Giorgio L, Imhof Saskia M, Schouten-van Meeteren Antoinette Y N 1 okt 2020, In: PLoS ONE. 15

The effect of etidronate on choroidal neovascular activity in patients with pseudoxanthoma elasticum

Risseeuw Sara, van Leeuwen Redmer, Imhof Saskia M, de Jong Pim A, Mali Willem P Th M, Spiering Wilko, Ossewaarde-van Norel Jeannette okt 2020, In: PLoS ONE. 15 , p. 1-12

The extent of angioid streaks correlates with macular degeneration in pseudoxanthoma elasticum

Risseeuw Sara, Ossewaarde-van Norel Jeannette, van Buchem Colette, Spiering Wilko, Imhof Saskia M, van Leeuwen Redmer 20 jul 2020, In: American Journal of Ophthalmology. 220 , p. 82-90 9 p.

A Reflectivity Measure to Quantify Bruch's Membrane Calcification in Patients with Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum Using Optical Coherence Tomography

Risseeuw Sara, Bennink E, Poirot Maarten, de Jong Pim, Spiering Wilko, Imhof Saskia, van Leeuwen R, Ossewaarde-van Norel J jul 2020, In: Translational vision science & technology. 9 , p. 34 12 p.

Is arterial stiffness in the carotid artery associated with choroidal thinning in patients with pseudoxanthoma elasticum or controls?

Risseeuw Sara, Bartstra Jonas, Ossewaarde-van Norel Jeannette, Geurts Lennart J, Li Catherina H Z, Imhof Saskia M, Spiering Wilko, de Jong Pim A, van Leeuwen Redmer 13 jan 2020, In: Acta Ophthalmologica. 98 , p. 492-499 8 p.

Quantification of Bruch’s Membrane calcification in Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum:a proof‐of‐concept study using SD‐OCT

Risseeuw Sara, Bennink E, Poirot Maarten, Imhof Saskia, van Leeuwen R, Ossewaarde-van Norel J 19 dec 2019, 97

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