200 Years of Experience

Serving to patients at its current location since 1893, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine’s history dates back to the first modern school of medicine founded in 1827, at Vezneciler Tulumbacıbaşı Mansion. This institution, which was one of the first schools in the Ottoman Empire that was similar to its western equivalents, had been through many changes from the day it was founded. Eventually, in 1933 it became İstanbul University Faculty of Medicine.

Due to reasons such as scattered structure and the increase in the number of students, İstanbul University Faculty of Medicine was separated into two different faculties in 1967, and the newly established faculty was named “Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine” because the majority of clinics were located at the Cerrahpaşa campus at that time.

Reference Center in Healthcare

Today, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine keeps growing as an outstanding medical faculty with 3000 students, 1.100 academicians and 2.525 administrative staff, 1000 physicians, 77 laboratories, 42 departments and 179 clinics.

As a result of its several ground-breaking research, diagnosis and treatment activities, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine Hospital is known as “Turkey’s Reference Hospital” and preferred by nearly 1.5 million patients every year.

The Best Treatment with The Best Physicians

With a deep-rooted history and best specialist physicians, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine Hospital focusses on providing the best treatment. “If Cerrahpaşa can’t, then no one can” saying told by the Turkish public summarizes our Hospital in the best manner. The mission of Cerrahpaşa is not to provide a hotel comfort but to provide treatment-oriented healthcare in the shortest time at a fair price. For us, healthcare is not a tourism area but a service to humanity.


Cerrah Mehmet Pasha

Cerrah Mehmet Pasha returning from Eğri Castle siege that he went with Sultan Mehmed III in 1596. Miniature: Topkapı Palace Museum. Artist: Nakkaş Hasan Pasha, No. 7597-1598.”

Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine is named after Cerrah Mehmet Pasha (d. 1604), whose name was also given to the neighborhood. Due to several structures such as tomb, madrasa, sebil, fountain, shadirvan, and bathhouse built by Cerrah Mehmet Pasha, who served as vizier and grand vizier, the neighborhood has been called Cerrahpaşa starting from 16th century.

Cerrah Mehmet Pasha, who was originally a devshirme, had trained in Enderun School. He earned his epithet, cerrah (surgeon), after circumcising Sehzade Mehmet, son of Murad III in 1582 when he was the 4th vizier.  Although some resources state that he served as palace surgeon or Privy Room (Has Oda) surgeon, there is no other information available about physicianship of Cerrah Mehmet Pasha. Due to insufficient iformaon and evidence, it can be said that there is no organic connection between Cerrahpaşa Medical School and Cerrah Mehmet Pasha apart from the school taking the name of the neighborhood.


1- H. Yusuf Halaçoğlu. Cerrah Mehmed Paşa. TDV İslam Ansiklopedisi. c. 7., İst., 1993, TDV Yay., s. 415.
2-  İsmail Hami Danişmend. İzahlı Osmanlı Tarihi kronolojisi. C. 5, İst., 1971, Türkiye Yay., s. 27.
3- Visuals: Ayten Altıntaş, Hastahaneden, Fakülteye; Cerrahpaşa 44. yıl anısına, Maestro Yay., s. 56-57.

We are offering Cerrahpaşa Online Doctor consultation service and in-person visits. In-person visits are held according to the protective measures against COVID-19.  Masks required for patients and visitors


Location of The Hospital

Located at the Historical Peninsula, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine Hospital can be reached easily from everywhere in İstanbul with bus, tram, underground and ferry. Moreover, our hospital, which is right beside the best hotels and famous restaurants of İstanbul, is in 30 minutes distance to many famous tourist attractions such as Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Taksim Square, Suleymaniye Mosque, and Chora Museum.

While regaining your health in our hospital, you can enjoy the historical texture of the city, and also visit many historical and natural attractions in two hours distance to İstanbul as Sapanca Lake, Abant Lake, Kartalkaya Ski Resort, Edirne Selimiye Mosque and Üç Şerefeli Mosque, Manyas Bird Paradise, Bursa Great Mosque and Green Mosque.

For detailed information, you can visit official website of İstanbul from here.


İstanbul is a city where four seasons can be experienced. It has quite cold winters, but otherwise it has Mediterranean characteristics: the rainiest seasons are autumn and winter, and summer is hot and sunny. The monthly average temperature ranges from 8 °C in January to 28 °C in July and August.

In summer, the weather in Istanbul is hot and humid with very little rain especially between July and August.

In spring and autumn, the weather is mild but often wet,  and can range from chilly to warm.

In winter, it rarely snows but the weather is relatively rainy and the temperature is rarely under zero degree.


A valid passport and a corresponding visa are required for all travelers making their entry to Turkey. Depending on the country of arrival, as listed in Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, entry visas can be obtained upon arrival in Turkey or from the Turkish missions located in the country of origin. Visitors who wish to obtain a medical treatment visa should contact Turkish mission in their country for required documents and the visa fees.

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How can I request an appointment?

You can request an appointment through filling the appointment request form available in our website.


Can friends or family members come to appointments with me?

Relatives and friends can travel with you. However, they may be asked to stay in the waiting area during some tests.


Can I seek treatment in your hospital without a medical appointment?

It is best to schedule appointments before your arrival in order to reduce delays and inconveniences.


I do not speak Turkish, will there be language problems?

Our physicians and International Patient Office representatives are fluent in English. Interpreter services are also available in Russian and Arabic. Please inform International Patient Office whether you will need interpreter service before your arrival.


Do I need a referral?

Cerrahpaşa generally doesn’t require a doctor’s referral. However, it is important that you bring records related to the medical concern you want addressed such as previous treatments, radiologic films, CDs, DVDs, written reports, a list of the medications and dosages you’re currently taking.


What is the cost for a particular surgery or procedure?

The costs varies from patient to patient even if they have the same healthcare problem. Estimated costs are based on the physician’s treatment plan, and a detailed overview of what is included in the cats is listed in every provision. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


How many days prior to my medical treatment should I arrive in Turkey?

This varies from patient to patient, our International Patient Office representatives are going to inform you after your appointment is scheduled.


Will I need any travel documents? Can your office write a letter for us so we can apply for a Visa?

A valid passport and a corresponding visa are required for all travelers making their entry to Turkey. The International Patient Office can inform you about medical treatment visa procedures.