St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch

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Department of Neurology (292222)

Stefan Knecht

Prof. Dr. med.

Stefan Knecht

Specialized in: neurology

About the Department of Neurology at St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch

The Department of Neurology at the St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch offers the comprehensive rehabilitation treatment for patients with diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. The department's specialists mostly deal with the treatment of patients with lesions of the brain and spinal cord due to strokes, traumatic brain injuries, inflammatory and degenerative pathologies of the brain, transverse myelitis, etc. The department's competence also covers medical care for especially rare neurological disorders. The department has in its arsenal the very latest methods for the best possible recovery of skills lost due to the disease. An individual approach to treatment plays an important role in achieving a successful result. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Knecht.

Most patients are admitted to the department directly from the emergency medical service. These are patients in a serious condition who need constant medical monitoring and early rehabilitation (rehabilitation phase B), as well as patients in a milder condition who can cope with many everyday tasks on their own (rehabilitation phases C and D). The patients with neurological disorders are often simultaneously indicated various types of therapy. In most cases, to achieve the optimal result, the doctors prescribe therapeutic gymnastics, ergotherapy, sports therapy, dysphagia correction, restoration of language and speech functions, treatment of memory and attention disorders, art therapy and music therapy. Obviously, all types of therapy can be combined depending on the specific clinical case. In addition, an important component of the therapeutic process is the support of social services and close relatives of the patients.

The neurological rehabilitation aims to improve the clinical condition of the patient and maximize the restoration of self-care ability. In order to guarantee the best and long-term result of rehabilitation, the department applies both classical and innovative treatment methods with high therapeutic potential.

It is worth noting that the medical team of the department has exceptional experience in early rehabilitation of pathologies of the central nervous system. The department is engaged in the rehabilitation of patients with severe brain disorders. Such patients are characterized by inadequate perception of the world and their own bodies. They are able to breathe on their own, but require special approaches to treatment and active monitoring by multidisciplinary groups of doctors. The goal of early rehabilitation in seriously ill patients is not only stabilization of their clinical condition, but also medical diagnostics with the planning of further rehabilitation measures.

As a rule, early neurological rehabilitation is indicated for patients in a vegetative state (these are patients with extensive brain injury after leaving an unconscious state; they periodically return to consciousness, but at the same time they are unable to consciously contact the outside world) and minimally conscious state (a state of partial awareness when the patient has the signs of self-awareness and awareness of the world around him).

The department's service range covers the rehabilitation in the following pathological conditions:

  • Conditions after strokes and cerebral hemorrhages
  • Conditions after traumatic brain injuries, polytrauma
  • Conditions after inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system
  • Conditions in systemic atrophy of the central nervous system
  • Conditions in extrapyramidal and motor disorders (for example, Parkinson's disease)
  • Other degenerative diseases of the nervous system
  • Conditions in demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (for example, in multiple sclerosis)
  • Conditions in episodic and paroxysmal disorders of the nervous system (for example, in epilepsy)
  • Conditions in pathological lesions of nerve roots and nerve endings
  • Conditions in polyneuropathies and other diseases of the peripheral nervous system
  • Conditions in diseases of the muscles and neuromuscular synapses
  • Rehabilitation measures in other lesions of the nervous system

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Knecht

Education and Professional Career

  • 1981 - 1987 Study of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, University of Hamburg, University of California San Francisco and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
  • 1988 - 1993 Medical specialist training in the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Duesseldorf. 
  • 1993 Board certification in Neurology.
  • 1993 Research Fellow in Neurological Physiology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA.
  • 1995 Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Münster
  • 1996 Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 1997 Specialization in Neurological Intensive Care.
  • 1998 Habilitation in Neurology and Neurophysiology.
  • 1997 - 2011 Senior Physician in the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Muenster.
  • 1997 - 2011 Head of the Section of Cognitive Neurology at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Muenster.
  • 2002 - 2008 Deputy Head of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Muenster.
  • 2008 - 2011 Director of the Neurology Centre of the Schön Klinik Hamburg-Eilbek. 
  • 2011 Invitation to the position on the Chair of Social Medicine at the University of Lübeck (declined).
  • Since 2011 Director of the St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch and Professor of Neurology at the University of Duesseldorf.


  • Bennigsen-Foerder Prize.
  • Research Prize of the Fuerst Donnersmarck Foundation.

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