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

Full Professor

  • Department of Ophthalmology

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

Research Programs


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

    President of the Educational Committee at the European Board of Ophthalmology
    Examinator European Board of Ophthalmology
    Chair of the board of Directors of Medical Professional Education at the UMC Utrecht
    President Werkgroep 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)


Fellowship and Awards

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

Research Output (108)

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 , p. e0240016

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. e0240970

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.

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

Kijken, kunst en kunde

Imhof Saskia, Huisman Frank G., ten Cate Olle 6 dec 2019, p. 11-13 3 p.

Visual impairment in children with a brain tumor:a prospective nationwide multicenter study using standard visual testing and optical coherence tomography (CCISS study)

Nuijts M A, Degeling M H, Stegeman I, Meeteren A Y N Schouten-van, Imhof S M 9 nov 2019, In: BMC ophthalmology. 19

CCR6+T cells are an early predictor of the need for systemic immunomodulatory treatment in non-infectious uveitis

Verhagen F. H., Hiddingh S., Rijken R., Pandit A., Leijten E., Nordkamp M. O., ten Dam-van Loon N. H., Nierkens S., Imhof S. M., de Boer J. H., Radstake T. R. D. J., Kuiper J. J. W. mrt 2019, In: Acta Ophthalmologica. 97 , p. 18-18

Is vaginal delivery harmful to patients with pseudoxanthoma elasticum?

Risseeuw S., Yildirim H., Spiering W., Imhof S. M., van Leeuwen R., van Norel J. O. mrt 2019, In: Acta Ophthalmologica. 97 , p. 38-38

Reply:“Visual acuity in pseudoxanthoma elasticum.”1

Risseeuw Sara, Ossewaarde-van Norel Jeannette, Klaver Caroline C W, Colijn Johanna M, Imhof Saskia M, van Leeuwen Redmer 1 jan 2019, In: Retina-The Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases. 39 , p. e8

Kijken, kunst en kunde. Over onderwijs en A. Albert Hijmans van den Bergh

van Royen Annet , Huisman Frank G., ten Cate Olle, Imhof Saskia 2019,

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