Portrait Roland von Känel

Roland von Känel
Prof. Dr. med.

Director of Department, Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine


Other competencies

  • Body symptom disorders (fatigue, pain)
  • Psychiatric comorbidity in somatic diseases.
  • Bio-Psycho-Social Medicine


2022 Fellow of the American Psychosomatic Society (FAPS)
2021 Certificate Psychosomatic Specialist, International College of Psychosomatic Medicine
Since 2018 Director of Department, Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine USZ
Since 2018 Full professor (Ordinarius), Chair of Consiliary/Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics, University of Zurich
2016 – 2022 Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Since 2014 Chief Science Officer and Member of the Executive Board, Burnout Protector GmbH, Küsnacht (ZH)
2014-2018 Head Physician, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Klinik Barmelweid, Barmelweid
2014-2018 Member of the Executive Board, Klinik Barmelweid, Barmelweid
2014-2018 Visiting Physician, University Department of Neurology, Inselspital Bern
2014 Titular Professor, University of Bern
2012-2014 Full Professor (Ordinarius), Chair of Psycho-somatic and Psycho-social Medicine, University of Bern
2012 Focus on consultation and liaison psychiatry (FMH)
2010-2018 Head, Psychosomatic Medicine Research Group, Department for BioMedical Research, University of Bern
2009 Visiting Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, U.K.
2008 Certified Medical Examiner Swiss Insurance Medicine (SIM)
2008 Specialist FMH for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
2007 Herbert Weiner Early Career Award of the American Psychosomatic Society
2005 Certificate of Proficiency in Delegated Psychotherapy (FMPP)
2004-2005 Postgraduate Course in Hospital Management, College M and Inselspital Bern
2004-2014 Member of the Clinic Management, Clinic for General Internal Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern
2004-2014 Chief Physician, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern
2004-2012 Associate Professor (Extraordinarius), Chair of Somato-Psychosocial Medicine, University of Bern
2003 Practice for Psychosomatic Medicine, Spiegel b. Bern
2002 Heart Group Leader, Swiss Working Group for Cardiac Rehabilitation (SAKR)
2001-2003 Senior Researcher, Co-Head of Behavioral Medicine Laboratory, Institute of Behavioral Science, ETH Zurich.
2001-2003 Senior Physician and Operative Head, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Zurich High Altitude Clinic Davos
2001-2003 Practice for Psychosomatic Medicine, Davos Clavadel
2001-2002 Senior Physician, Department of Psychosocial Medicine, University Hospital Zurich
2000 Interdisciplinary Focus Psychosomatic and Psychosocial Medicine SAPPM (FMH)
1999 Biostatistics semester course, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, USA
1999-2001 Postdoctoral / Postgraduate Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, USA
1999 Specialist FMH for General Internal Medicine
1998-1999 Resident, Medical Clinic, Zieglerspital Bern
1996-1998 Resident, Medical Clinic, Cantonal Hospital Olten
1995-1996 Resident, Department of Psychosomatics and Department of Neurology, Bern Bellevue Clinic, Montana (VS)
1994-1997 Continuing Education Systemic Psychotherapy, University of Bern
1994-1995 Resident, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Polyclinic, University of Bern
1993-1994 Resident, Neuhaus Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic, University of Bern
1993 Resident, Medical Department C.L. Lory-Haus, Inselspital Bern
1993 Doctorate in medicine (thesis on the risk of venous thrombosis)
1992 State Examination and Federal Medical Diploma
1986-1992 Study of human medicine, University of Bern
1981-1985 Business high school (Matura), Bern-Neufeld


  • American Psychosomatic Society (APS)
  • German College of Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)
  • International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ICPM)
  • European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)
  • Swiss Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (SGPP)
  • Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine (SGAIM)
  • Swiss Academy of Psychosomatic and Psychosocial Medicine (SAPPM)
  • Association of Swiss Physicians (FMH)
  • Medical Association of the Canton of Zurich (AGZ)

Research focus

  • Psychoneuroendocrinology and -immunology
  • Psychobiology and biological changes in acute and chronic stress.
  • Psychocardiology, specifically psychosocial risk factors and biomarkers for cardiovascular disease.
  • Psychotraumatology, especially medical-induced post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychiatric comorbidity in somatic diseases.
  • Psychosocial factors in inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Normal and disturbed sleep
  • Body symptom disorders and functional somatic symptoms and syndromes, specifically chronic pain and chronic fatigue.
  • Work stress, burnout and resilience, especially in the medical profession


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