Jan Lexell

Professor, consultant

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Other Health Sciences
  • Sport and Fitness Sciences
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Other Clinical Medicine


  • Rehabilitation medicine, Neurological rehabilitation


Since 2012 I am Professor in Rehabilitation medicine and head of the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Group. I graduated with an MD 1984 and defended my thesis at Umeå University in 1985. I have been Senior consultant at Skåne University Hospital in Lund since 1997 and I am today Medical director of the Neurological rehabilitation team.

A large portion of my research is based on our clinical work and includes people with stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, post-polio syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and neuromuscular diseases. We study the consequences of a neurologic disability in a life-long perspective and develop rehabilitation interventions to assist these people to achieve the highest possible level of functioning. One of our new research areas is Paralympic sports medicine and the epidemiology of injuries and illnesses. This area also includes studies of the impact of physical activity and organized sports on activity, participation and life satisfaction in people with neurologic disabilities. I am main supervisor for four PhD students and assistant supervisor for two PhD students.

I am Chairman of the Medical Committee of Parasport Sweden and Chief Medical Officer for the Swedish Paralympic Committee, and since 2014 Standing member of the Medical committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). I am also member of the scientific advisory board of the Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports and Vice chairperson of the Therapeutics Use Exemption Committee of the Anti-doping Committee in the Swedish Sports Confederation. I am Senior Editor in PM R, The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, official journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and member of the editorial board of eight scientific medical journals. 

Highlighted research outputs

Sophie Jörgensen, Susanne Iwarsson, Lizette Norin & Jan Lexell, 2016, In : PM&R. 8, 7, p. 667-677

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J. Lexell, A. K. Whilney & L. J. Jacobsson, 2016 Jul 2, In : Brain Injury. 30, 8, p. 969-974

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Barbara Sahlin & Jan Lexell, 2015, In : PM&R. 7, 10, p. 1081-1088

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Jan Lexell & Christina Brogårdh, 2015, In : NeuroRehabilitation. 36, 1, p. 5-9

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