Principal of the Department Health Sciences and Medicine
Professor of Health Sciences and Health Policy
Head of Rehabilitation
Lead Strategic Council Swiss Learning Health System
Director Center for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems

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Gerold Stucki is Professor and Chair of the Departement of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne and Director of Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland. He is also the Director of the ICF Research Branch, a cooperation partner of the German World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications.

He received his medical education at the University of Berne and obtained a Master of Science (MSc.) in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a diploma in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of McGill, Montréal, Canada.

During his appointment as Chair of the Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University from 1999-2009, Prof. Stucki pursued clinical research in PRM and musculoskeletal medicine, and developed a new research agenda for human functioning and rehabilitation research. His clinical research focused on the development of concepts and programs for multidisciplinary rehabilitation service and care provision in various settings.

Prof. Stucki has been collaborating with the WHO in an international effort to implement the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in rehabilitation and the health sector in general. To facilitate human functioning sciences research, Prof. Stucki has initiated the ICF Research Branch ( as an international research network under the auspices of the WHO.

Since 2005, he has been assigned the task of developing the Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) into a research institution with a comprehensive perspective. The goal of the SPF is to contribute to optimizing the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) as well as “to learn for and from SCI” for the benefit of people with SCI and other health conditions. Prof. Stucki has been playing a key role in WHO´s ICF implementation activities.

Since August 2009 he has been appointed as Professor and Chair of the Seminar of Health Sciences and Health Policy at the University of Lucerne. The Seminar aims to facilitate the translation of research into practice.

In 2012, Prof. Stucki received the honour of becoming a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine, a part of the United States National Academies whose mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health by consulting on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health. 

Curriculum Vitae Prof. Gerold Stucki


Human Functioning and Health System Studies

  • Epidemiology of Functioning in the context of disability and Spinal Cord Injury
  • ICF based Rehabilitation Quality Management
  • Evidence-informed policy in the context of disability, SCI, chronic health conditions and ageing
  • Operationalization of Health: Conceptualization (Functioning, classification ICF, ICD) and Measurement (ICF-based reporting of outcome measures, ICF-based disability measures)

Strengthening of research capacity at research institutions and academic settings

Strenghtening non-governmental organizations interaction with the WHO in the area of rehabilitation



Journal Article

Book Section


(Co-) editor of book series/member of a journal's editorial board/(Co-) editor of scientific blog


Vested interests


  • ISCoS External Relation Committee, Advisor, Switzerland, 2019–
  • ISPRM's Task Force ClinFIT, Task Force Member, Switzerland, 2019–
  • ESPRM's Special Interest Scientific Committee on Public Health, Member, Switzerland, 2019–
  • Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, member of the Scientific Committee, Italy, 2018–
  • International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Member, Switzerland, 2001–
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation, Member, Switzerland, 2017–2020
  • European Academy Rehabilitation Medicine, (Vice-)President, Belgium, 2015–2020
  • National Academy of Mecicine, Foreign Associate, Member of the interest group on rehabilitation, United States, 2013–2020
  • World Health Organization_Revision Steering Group for the ICD 11, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • World Health Organization_ICD-11 Revision Topic Adivsory Group on functioning, co-chair, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • Physical and Rehbabilitation Medicine, Section and Board of the European Union of Medical Specialists, Expert for the ICF; Swiss delegate, Senator, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • World Health Organization, Functioning and Disability Reference Group WHO-FIC, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • Schweizerische Akademie für Medizinische Wissenschaften, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • Schweizerische Ärztegesellschaft für Manuelle Medizin, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • European Society of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • Rehabilitationswissenschaftlicher Forschungsverbund Bayern, Chairperson, Germany, 2010–2020
  • Cochrane Rehabilitation, Advisory Board Expert, Italy, 2010–2020
  • Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone & Joint Decade, International Coordinating Council Member, United Kingdom, 2010–2020
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Paraplegie, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Rheumatologie, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • International Spinal Cord Society, Member, United Kingdom, 2010–2020
  • European League against Rheumatism, Member, Switzerland, 2010–2021
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rehabilitationswissenschaften, Member, Germany, 2010–2020
  • Swiss Clinical Quality Management in Rheumatic Diseases, Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirats, Switzerland, 2010–2020
  • Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, Corresponding Member, Japan, 2001–2020