Jean H.D. Fasel, born in Basel (Switzerland) in 1953, enjoyed a classical grammar school education (including Greek and Latin) before going on to study medicine. After spending his postgraduate training focusing mainly on the field of internal medicine, he specialised in clinical anatomy. He chose this discipline because it allowed him to combine his thirst for science and philosophy with his teaching abilities, while remaining close to patient care. He carried out most of his specialisation in Switzerland, rounding it off with a number of assignments abroad, notably in Vienna, Heidelberg, the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA), and Kyoto (Japan).

After his doctorate (MD) he became a private lecturer and associate professor, and was finally appointed as Chair of Clinical Anatomy at the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 2008, where he has worked ever since.