is professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Bonn, Germany. His scientific interests include the pathogenesis, prognostic factors, biomarkers and treatment of macular and retinal diseases, and innovative retinal imaging technologies. He trained at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and completed a fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, with Professor Alan C. Bird.
Professor Holz is a co-founder of the Priority Program AMD of the German Research Council (DFG) and the GRADE Reading Centre in Bonn. He is a board member of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) and EURETINA, member of the European Academy of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society, the Club Jules Gonin, editor-in-chief of Der Ophthalmologe, and serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals. He has received numerous awards, including the Leonhard-Klein Award for Ocular Surgery, the Alcon Research Institute (ARI) award and the Senior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the editor of several books on retinal disease.