Prof. Einar Stefansson MD, PhD.

Chairman & founder

Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
National Hospital Reykjavik
University of Iceland

Dr. Einar Stefansson is a leading physician in the field of diabetic eye disease and diabetic screening and head supervisor for product development and clinical science.

Dr. Stefansson graduated from the University of Iceland Medical School 1978 with honors. He received a PhD degree in physiology from Duke University in 1981 followed by a residency at Duke. He was a visiting scientist at the National Eye Institute, National Institute of Health followed by 3 years as an assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center.

Einar Stefansson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1952. He received his education in Reykjavik and graduated from the University of Iceland Medical School 1978 with honours. He received a PhD degree in physiology from Duke University in 1981 followed by a residency at Duke. He was a visiting scientist at the National Eye Institute, National Institute of Health followed by 3 years as an assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center. Einar returned to his native Iceland in 1989 as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. He has served as Vice Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iceland and been involved with biotechnology firms in Reykjavik.

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Einar is active in clinical ophthalmology as a vitreoretinal surgeon with diabetic eye disease being his main clinical interest. His research interests include

  1. Oxygen physiology of the eye in diabetic and other ischemic retinopathies and glaucoma; the development of non-invasive retinal oximetry.
  2. Epidemiology of diabetic eye disease and prevention of diabetic blindness through screening and a public health approach.
  3. Ocular drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye, with cyclodextrin nanoparticle eye drops.
  4. Drug development based on marine lipids.

He has published more than 150 peer reviewed international publications, more than 300 abstracts, numerous book chapters and patents.
He is chief editor of Acta Ophthalmologica since 2005, on the editorial board of Progress in Retinal and Eye research, the European Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmologica, board member of EURETINA. He is fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and member of ARVO, EVER, Michaelson Club and the Icelandic Ophthalmological Society.
Recent honours: He was knighted by the President of Iceland in 2007, received Iceland’s highest award in science in 2008, gave the Jules Gonin lecture in 2008, received the Synsfonden award in Denmark in 2006 and was elected to the European Academy of Ophthalmology (with gold medal) in 2009 in addition to several honorary lectures and awards.
Einar is married to Bryndis Thordardottir, a social worker. They have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.