Portrait of Prof(apl). Dr. med. Jonas Tesarz
apl. Prof. Dr. med. Jonas Tesarz

Managing Senior Physician (Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics)
Attending Physician (General Outpatient Clinic)
Attending Physician (Private Section Neuenheim)
Attending Physician (Pain Clinic)
Attending Physician (Pain Clinic)
Coordination (Psychosomatische Evaluation und Betreuung von Nierenlebendspendepaaren)
Deputy Attending Physician (Station Siebeck II / von Weizsäcker)

Specialist for internal medicine


Influence of stress and mental trauma on pain perception and central pain modulation; Computational modeling and predictive coding of pain; Psychological treatment approaches for chronic pain and functional disorders; Pain and pain treatment in high performance athletes

+49 6221 56-8774

list of publications Curriculum vitae (English)

Medical/Professional background

since June 2020

Managing senior physician at the Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University Hospital Heidelberg

since October 2018

Management of the psychotherapy ward AKM with affiliated day clinic, Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University Hospital Heidelberg

April 2017 – September 2018

Head of psychosomatic consultation and liaison service, specialty care unit for irritable bowel syndrome, Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University Hospital Heidelberg

since April 2017

Senior physician and private lecturer at the Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University Hospital Heidelberg

January 2014 – March 2017

Specialist in internal medicine, Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University Hospital Heidelberg

October 2008 – January 2014

Resident for internal medicine and psychosomatics, Department for General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, University Hospital Heidelberg

March 2008 – October 2008

Research assistant, Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Heidelberg

Scientific background

November 2019

Adjunct professorship (apl.) at the Medical Faculty of the Ruprechts-Karls-University Heidelberg

April 2017

Habilitation, University Heidelberg, Medical Faculty; Venia legendi for the field General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics

June 2015

Auxiliary designation for Emergency Medicine

May 2015

Auxiliary designation for Manual Medicine

January 2008 – February 2013

PhD, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology under Prof. Dr. med. Mense on the differences in spinal expression of c-Fos and FosB immunoreactive neurons in the spinal cord of the rat after stimulation of nociceptive fibers of the skin and muscle"

October 2000 – December 2007

Medical studies, Medical Faculty, University Heidelberg

April 2004 – October 2005

Studies of Philosophy and Linguistics, University Heidelberg



German Award for Pain Research


Günter-Jantschek Research Prize of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM)


October 2016 – January 2019

Postdoc Fellowship of the Physician Scientist Program of the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg

November 2008 – November 2010

Carus scholarship holder for the "Qualification Program Clinical Research

October 2002 – October 2003

Life Science Lab Fellow of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg

Further qualifications/ further Training

October 2015 – December 2015

Advanced training in relaxation techniques

May 2012 – December 2012

Training as EMDR Psychotherapist (Level A)

September 2009 – October 2009

Training trigger point therapy (basic level); Medical Society for Myofascial Pain

June 2009

Training Medical Hypnosis Therapy
(Basic Level) German Society for Medical Hypnosis & Autogenic Training e.V.

March 2009

Training in Neurorehabilitation and Mirror Therapy Seminars for Therapeutic, and Educational Specialists

April 2006 – August 2006

Training in diagnostic and therapeutic local anesthesia, German Academy for Neural Therapy and Acupuncture


October 2017 – April 2018

Research residence at the `Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory' (Director: Prof. Dr. T. Wager), Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Institute for Cognitive Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado/USA, Colorado/USA

May 2003 – August 2003

Research residence, junior researcher at the University of California, (Director: Prof. Dr. H. Niaido), Department of Microbiology, Berkeley/USA

Selected Publications


Berens S, Banzhaf P, Baumeister D, Gauss A, Eich W, Schaefert R, Tesarz J. J Psychosom Res (Impact factor: 3.268). 2020;128:109846. Relationship between adverse childhood experiences and illness anxiety in irritable bowel syndrome - The impact of gender. 

Goldstein P, Ashar Y, Tesarz J, Kazgan M, Cetin B, Wager TD. Neurotherapeutics (Impact factor: 5.719). 2020;17(3):774-783. Emerging Clinical Technology: Application of Machine Learning to Chronic Pain Assessments Based on Emotional Body Maps. 


Tesarz J, Eich W, Baumeister D, Kohlmann T, D'Agostino R, Schuster AK. Eur Heart J (Impact factor: 23.425). 2019;40(20):1609-1617 Widespread pain is a risk factor for cardiovascular mortality: Results from the Framingham Heart Study.

Dong Y, Baumeister D, Berens S, Eich W, Tesarz J. Front Psychiatry (Impact factor: 3.532). 2019;10:714. High Rates of Non-Response Across Treatment Attempts in Chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Results From a Follow-Up Study in Tertiary Care. 


Baumeister D, Eich W, Lerner R, Lutz B, Bindila L, Tesarz J. Psychother Psychosom (Impact factor: 13.122).  2018;26:1-3. Plasma parameters of the endocannabinoid system are unaltered in fibromyalgia.

Wettstein M, Eich W, Bieber C, Tesarz J. Pain Med (Impact factor: 2.782). 2018 [Epub ahead of print]. Profiles of Subjective Well-Being in Patients with Chronic Back Pain: Contrasting Subjective and Objective Correlates.

Dong Y, Berens S, Eich W, Schaefert R, Tesarz J. BMJ Open (Impact factor: 2.413). 2018;8(10):e019453. Is body mass index associated with symptom severity and health-related quality of life in irritable bowel syndrome? A cross-sectional study.


Gerhardt A, Eich W, Treede RD, Tesarz J. PAIN (Impact factor: 5.559). 2017;158(3):430-439. Conditioned pain modulation in non-specific chronic back pain patients with chronic local pain, chronic widespread pain, and fibromyalgia.


Tesarz J, Wolfgang E, Treede RD, Gerhardt A. PAIN (Impact factor: 5.213). 2016;157(8):1799-809. Altered pressure pain thresholds and increased wind-up in adult chronic back pain patients with a history of childhood maltreatment: a quantitative sensory testing study.

Gerhardt A, Leisner S, Hartmann M, Janke S, Seidler GH, Eich W. Tesarz J. Front Psychiatry (Impact factor: 4.58). 2016. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Versus Treatment as Usual for Non-Specific Chronic Back Pain Patients with Psychological Trauma: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.

Schuster AK, Harder BC, Schlichtenbrede FC, Jarczok MN, Tesarz J. Cochrane Database Syst Rev (Impact factor: 6.222). 2016; 11:CD011503. Valacyclovir versus acyclovir for the treatment of herpes zoster ophthalmicus in immunocompetent patients. 


Tesarz J, Gerhardt A, Leisner S, Janke S, Treede RD, Eich W. Pain (Impact factor: 5.213). 2015;156(4):577-86. Distinct quantitative sensory testing profiles in nonspecific chronic back pain.