Jürg Kesselring, Dr. Prof.

University Council

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg


Born in 1951 in St. Gallen, Switzerland

Medical studies 1970 1977 in Berne with practical experience in St. Gallen, Lübeck, Banbury, Oxford and Berlin, graduation in 1981 in Berne, training as a specialist: 1977 to 1979 Clinic for Neuro-surgery at the Kanton Hospital St. Gallen, 1980 Neurological University Clinic in Berne, 1981 senior doctor at the Neurological Rehabilitation Ward and MS Department at the Bernischen Höhenklinik Bellevue in Montana, 1982 Medical Clinic A at the Kanton Hospital St. Gallen; 1983 86 senior consultant Neurological University Clinic, Insel Hospital Berne, senior consultant Rehabilitation II at the Insel Hospital 1986 – 1987.

Professional Functions

Senior consultant for Neurology and Rehabilitation at the Valens Rehabilitation Centre, retired 1 September 2017. Since then senior ambassador and neuro-expert, lectures in clinical neuroscience and introductory course on neuroscience at the Centre of Neuroscience, University and ETH Zurich; annual PhD retreat in Valens since the winter semester 1998/99 lecturer and member of the board of directors on neuro-rehabilitation at the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Danube University Krems (since 2000), Professore a contratto Corso integrato di riabilitazione in ambito neurologico Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele di Milano (2002 - 2011)

Honours (selection)

1996 Kroc Lecture, University of Maryland, Baltimore: Neuro-rehabilitation as an academic discipline – still a long way to go; 1999 golden pin of honour for international services to the German Multiple Sclerosis Society; lifetime honorary board member Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) 2007; Erich Fromm Lecture 2011 for the awarding of the prize to Anne-Sophie Mutter: Die Kunst des Übens – Lektionen aus der Neurologie zu Musik & Sprache; honorary visiting professor University of Melbourne, Australia 2014, 2015 & 2016; honorary president of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society since 2015; fellow Royal College of Physicians (London) since 2015, senior fellow of the European Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Adjunct activities (selection)

President of the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society 2005 – 2011; honorary president since 2015

President Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Registry (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich and Swiss MS Society) since 2014, Chairman of the International Medical and Scientific Board (IMSB) of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF), of the Research Committee on Demyelination of the World Federation of Neurology, and also of the WHO Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis (1999-2005), member of the board of directors and scientific advisory committee course on neuro-rehabilitation, Danube University, Krems, board of trustees of the International Academy of Music in the Principality of Liechtenstein (since 2010), President of the music festival Next Generation in Bad Ragaz (since 2011).

Publications (selection)

Author or editor of 15 specialist books mainly about multiple sclerosis, neuro-rehabilitation, magnetic resonance tomography, monthly column in the Sunday edition of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung 2009-10; annually about 40 lectures on various topics before diverse audiences in Switzerland and abroad.


Married, three children
Delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, missions in Lebanon and Syria,
Iran, Zaire and Pakistan/Afghanistan, Columbia, Mexico, New York, Southern Sudan, Srebrenica, Ukraine, Congo, Berlin, Moscow, India

Amateur cellist: plays chamber music regularly in the Trio & Quartetto I Medici; plays in various orchestras

Anthologies of poetry: Erhörtes und Unerhörtes 2001, Wieder Sprüche & Widersprüche 2002, Neue Gedichte 2003, Erwogenes & Gewagtes 2004, Anthology of Poems 2005, Reiseweisen 2007, Leise Laute 2010, Mit anderen Worten… 2012, Leicht-Sinn & Schwer-Mut 2015 (Johannes Petri Verlag Basle)