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History and Overview of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences


Administrative Building of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences



Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS) was established in 1946 as the Behdari Higher Health Education Center (also known as Amouzeshgah-e Alee Behdariye Shiraz) to educate medical experts within four years. The facility later became a medical school governed by Shiraz University-formerly known as Pahlavi University- in 1949. Seven other schools, including the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the School of Dentistry, the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, the School of Health, the School of Paramedical Sciences, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, were also established in Shiraz within a brief period to train students in various fields allied to medicine.


Complying with Iran’s policy and following the establishment of the Ministry of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education, all medical schools and related disciplines were separated from the Ministry of Sciences and began operating under the supervision of the newly established ministry. Therefore, these schools changed into new entities and formed independent medical universities in each province. Consequently, the School of Medicine and the other aforementioned schools at Shiraz University created Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in 1994. SUMS currently comprises 17 schools, 55 research centers, 6 incubators, 43 hospitals, 3 community health centers in Shiraz, 20 primary health networks throughout Fars province, and 15 general, specialty, and subspecialty teaching facilities. The University also supervises 24 private hospitals located in Fars province.


SUMS is famed for its transformative learning experiences and distinctive learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students partly due to its diversity of programs, including 51 master’s, 39 Ph.D. by coursework and dissertation, 16 Ph.D. by research, 32 specialty, 21 subspecialty, and 32 fellowship programs, as well as a tentative list of academic short-term training programs. Thus, covering a vast scope of aspirations, abilities, and interests, the SUMS community encompasses approximately 900 permanent faculty members, 35,000 staff members, and 10,000 students, residents, and fellows.


SUMS practical knowledge and expertise have reputed the University in the region and positioned it, particularly as the major hub for the following scientific areas:

  • Liver Transplantation (major hub in the Middle East)
  • Clinical Immunology (major hub in Iran)
  • Clinical Microbiology (major hub in Iran)
  • Advanced Electronic Education (major hub in Iran)

SUMS is also known as one of the leading centers for cochlear implantation nationwide and for other advanced treatments in the Middle East. As the region’s preeminent destination for health tourism, SUMS is a valuable platform adept at the below medical practices:

  • Organ Transplantation (liver, heart, kidney, et cetera)
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Minimally Invasive Surgeries (Laparoscopy)
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Surgical and Interventional Cardiology Procedures
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures
  • Interventional Urology
  • Interventional Oncology
  • Interventional and Surgical Orthopedics
  • Interventional Thoracic Surgery
  • Interventional Infertility Treatment
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Hepatic Angiography 
  • Cancer Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy
  • Orthopedic Surgeries Fetal Surgery
  • Treatment of Infertility employing IVF Technology
  • Spine Surgery Neurosurgery Procedures
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Advanced Electronic Learning
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • And many others.


For more information please check the links below:

Discovering Shiraz