Dr. Falkner-Radler Augenchirurgie, Augenarzt

Christiane Falkner-Radler, M.D.
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthamology, Cornell University

Born in Klagenfurt in 1973.
Medical school and graduation at the University of Vienna.

Special elective and researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Retinology and Biomicroscopic Laser Surgery, Full board certification for Ophthalmology and Optometry, Residency and Fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology, Rudolf Foundation Hospital, Vienna.

Volunteer Observerships at the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, United States (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014).

University Course “Healthcare Management” at the Danube University Krems.

Academic Expert in Healthcare Management.

“Venia docendi” for Ophthalmology and Optometry at the Medical University of Vienna (Habilitation to Associate Professor of Ophthalmology).

Senior attending Ophthalmologist, Specialized Outpatient Clinic for Diseases and Surgery of the Vitreous and Retina, Department of Ophthalmology, Rudolf Foundation Hospital, Vienna

Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthamology, Cornell University

Inpatient physician at the Privatklinik Döbling in Vienna

Inpatient physician at the private Rudolfinerhaus Clinic in Vienna

Inpatient physician at the Confraternität Privatklinik Josefstadt in Vienna

Inpatient physician at the Franziskus Hospital Margareten in Vienna

With over 10 years experience in surgery I successfully perform more than 800 eye surgeries every year.


  • Vit-Buckle Society (VBS)
  • Global One Advisory Board (AAO)
  • Retina Commission (ÖOG)
  • Young ophthalmologists (ÖOG)
  • Austrian Society of Ophthalmology (ÖOG)
  • Administrator of the Adele Rabensteiner Advisory Board (ÖOG)
  • Viennese Society of Ophthalmology (WOG)
  • Retina Society
  • American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)
  • Club Jules Gonin
  • ARVO (ARVO-The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Advanced Education diploma of the Austrian Medical Chamber for Vienna
  • SOE leadership development programs “EuLDP”, 2nd


My research with a focus on the posterior part of the eye (retina and macula) started during my residency at the department of Ophthalmology, Rudolf Foundation Hospital.

In addition to evaluating established surgical procedures for the treatment of retinal detachment (buckle surgery, primary vitrectomy and silicone oil surgery) I have investigated different surgical procedures for severe stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD): Submacular surgery, transplantation of pigment epithelial cells (suspension) and parts of the pigment epithelium (flap) of the retina. See also the book recommendation and the interview: “The aging eye”.

Then I evaluated and compared a diagnostic tool, the optical coherence tomography (OCT), which provides a very detailed visualization of the intraretinal layers and changes in the center of the retina (macula) and thus became essential in the diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), epiretinal membranes (see also: reference 2) and macular holes.

In addition, studies on outcomes after surgery in these patients were conducted and promising results were reported after combined surgery (cataract surgery combined with vitrectomy, see also reference 2) using the newest technologies.

I was awarded the teaching authorization for Ophthalmology and Optometry as Associate Professor on the basis of my thesis on “Latest findings in the treatment of retinal detachment and macular surgery” and my numerous scientific publications.

Here you can find some interviews with me in the press.