Course Directors

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Prim.Dr. Pucks-Faes

Current Position

Medical Director, Department of Neurology and Neurological post acute care, Tirol-Kliniken GmbH, LKH Hochzirl-Natters, Zirl, Austria

Working Experience


Head of ward Senior Physician; Dept. Neurology and Neurological post acute care at LKH Hochzirl-Natters, Standort Hochzirl (Tirol-Kliniken GmbH), 6170 Zirl, Austria 


Senior physician; Dept. Neurology and Neurological post acute care at LKH Hochzirl-Natters, Standort Hochzirl (Tirol-Kliniken GmbH), 6170 Zirl, Austria


Assistant Physician in Neurology and Psychiatry  at LKI Innsbruck (Tirol-Kliniken GmbH), Anichstr. 36, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria


Ward Physician at Sanatorium Kreuzschwestern / Hochrum, Austria


Ward physician at LKH Hochzirl-Natters, Standort Hochzirl, 6170 Zirl, Austria


Internship General Practitioner at District Hospital, Freistadt Austria and University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria


Medical/Scientific Collaborations

Since 2014

Participation in organisation and implementation of the multicentre PHADER-study (A prospective, single-arm, observational clinical follow-up study on the application of pharyngeal electrical stimulation for treatment of neurogenic Dysphagia: a European Registry), a state Hospital, Hochzirl, dept. for neurology, Austria

Formation, installation and management of on outpatient – until for multiple sclerosis patients in neurorehabilitation

Since 2011

Sonographic controlled and navigated injections with Botulinumtoxin for the treatment of severe spasticity  

Since 2008

Participation in the special field “therapy with intrathecal Baclofen (ITB)”, focus on “autonomic dysfunction”, at State Hospital, dept. for neurology, Hochzirl, Austria

Endoscopic swallowing examination and swallowing diagnostic in regular business, tracheal cannula management; elective and bronchoscopic extraction in emergency cases

Since 2007

Participation (talk, patient demonstration) in the workshop “European Continuing Medical Training – Intrathecal Baclofen (ECMT-ITB)”, twice a year, at State Hospital, dept. for neurology, Hochzirl, Austria

Since 2006

Management of patients with implanted medication pumps and intrathecal catheters for the application of intrathecally administered drugs against spasticity an pain

Introduction and application of the method of evaluation of the efficacy of the

treatment with intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) with a temporary external catheter and external pump



Lecturer of the Institute for Sport Science, University for Medicine, Innsbruck (AUSTRIA), since 2014


Area of Interest

  • Intrathecal Baclofen
  • Treatment of Spasticity
  • Evaluation/treatment of swallowing disturbances
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor control
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Robotic Treatment
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropharmacology


Additional Qualifications

  • Management seminar “employee coaching for executives”  Schulz von Thun, Hamburg, Germany
  • Management seminar “leadership and self-image”  Schulz von Thun, Hamburg, Germany  
  • Management seminar “conflict clarification”  Schulz von Thun, Hamburg, Germany
  • Management seminar “speaking together, the high art of conversation Techniques” Schulz von Thun, Hamburg, Germany
  • Management seminar “basics of communication psychology for executives” Schulz von Thun, Hamburg, Germany
  • Education medicine didactics “didactic methods”
  • Education medicine didactics “pedagogical approaches”
  • Education medicine didactics “auditing”
  • Education medicine didactics “ethics competence”
  • Education medicine didactics “patient based teaching and learning”
  • Education medicine didactics “start in apprenticeship”
  • Education medicine didactics “gender medicine”
  • Education medicine didactics “presentation rhetoric”
  • Certificate “MyGait expert” (Ottobock comp.), electrostimulation of the lower extremities
  • Management seminar “communication and leading” Schulz von Thun, Hamburg, Germany Education medicine didactics “rhetoric presentation”
  • Certificate EPLS provider, ERC (effective until 06/2016)
  • EEG-certificate
  • EMG-certificate
  • Workshop “regional anestehsia in theory and practice” and “interventional pain therapy”


Scientific Publications


Intrathecal baclofen device meeting a ventriculoperetoneal shunt and vice versa: approach 

to management. (in preparation)

Pucks-Faes E, MD; Halbmayer LM, Hitzenberger G, Matzak H, Saltuari L.

Submittend in “Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair (NNR)”


Intrathecal Baclofen in hereditary spastic paraparesis.

Pucks-Faes E, Hitzenberger G, Matzak H, Mayr A, Fava E, Genelin E, Saltuari L.

In press “Frontiers in Neurology”


Intrathecal Baclofen Trial Before Device Implantation: 12-Year Experience with Continuous Administration

Elke Pucks-Faes, MD,a,* Heinrich Matzak, MD,a,* Gabriel Hitzenberger, MD,a

Eleonora Genelin, MD,a Lucas-Michael Halbmayer, MD,a Elena Fava, MD,b

Josef Fritz, PhD,b Leopold Saltuari, MD, MSca,c

October 2018 Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  DOI:  10.1016/j.apmr.2018.09.124


Intrathecal baclofen in paroxysmal sympathetic hyperactivity: Impact on oral treatment

Pucks-Faes E, Hitzenberger G, Matzak H, Verrienti G, Schauer R, Saltuari L.

Brain Behav. 2018 Nov; 8(11):e01124. doi: 10.1002/brb3.1124. Epub 2018 Sep   28.PMID:30264872


Eleven years' experience with Intrathecal Baclofen - Complications, risk factors.

Pucks-Faes E, Hitzenberger G, Matzak H, Fava E, Verrienti G, Laimer I, Fritz J, Saltuari L.  Brain Behav. 2018 Mar 30; 8(5):e00965. doi: 10.1002/brb3.965. eCollection 2018 May. PMID: 29761017