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Department of neurological rehabilitation

Prof. Dr. med. Mircea Ariel Schoenfeld
neurology, neurorehabilitation, neurophysiology

About the department

The department of neurological rehabilitation at Rehabilitation Clinic Schmieder Heidelberg provides a full range of rehabilitation measures to restore motor, cognitive and speech functions lost due to a neurological disorder. The department treats more than 2,000 patients annually, including from abroad, which confirms the high level of medical care. The department's highly qualified team of rehabilitation physicians specialises in all stages of neurological rehabilitation - phases from A to F. The department is equipped with diagnostic equipment for a comprehensive assessment, including MRI 3 Tesla, CT, and devices for extra- and intracranial duplex brain ultrasound scans. In addition, doctors are involved in various research projects to develop new methods for diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. A medical staff of the department surrounds the patient with care and makes every effort to instil confidence in him and a favourable outcome of treatment.

The department treats all neurological disorders of varying severity - both in the acute period and at the rehabilitation stage. Before any rehabilitation measures, the department's doctors determine clear goals for rehabilitation treatment. Rehabilitation programs usually include physiotherapy, exercise therapy, occupational therapy, robotic rehabilitation, and psychological and neuropsychological assistance.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Brain tumours
  • Lyme disease
  • Encephalitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep disorders

Diagnostic procedures: 

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease) 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Electroencephalography (detects electrical activity in your brain)
  • Electroneuromyography (functional exploration of the peripheral nervous system)
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Dopler and duplex sonography 
  • Speech and swallowing diagnostics 
  • Obstructive sleep apnea screening

Treatment options: 

  • Drug therapy 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Exercise therapy 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Psychological and neuropsychological assistance 
  • Manual therapy and massage 
  • Ergotherapy 
  • Speech therapy 
  • Relaxation therapy 
  • Treatment of sleep disorders
  • TMS - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Psychotherapy, psychotherapeutic support 
  • Other rehabilitation services  
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Doctor profile


  • 2005 Habilitation: Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg


  • Since 2017 Medical Director, Kliniken Schmieder Heidelberg
  • 2009 – 2017 Deputy Director, Dept. of Behavioral Neurology and Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg
  • Since 2007 Associate professorship (tenured), Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg
  • 2003 Head of the research group „Motion processing and object-based attention“
  • 2000 Promotion, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg
  • 2000 Research fellow at the Dept. of Neuroscience, UCSD, San Diego, USA and at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  • 1997 - 1998 Research fellow at the Center for Neuroscience, the University of California at Davis, USA

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging (DGKN)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
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