Tehran University of Medical Sciences

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Coordinates: 35°44′54″N 51°22′52″E / 35.748271°N 51.381222°E / 35.748271; 51.381222

Tehran University of Medical Sciences
دانشگاه علوم پزشكي و خدمات بهداشتي درماني تهران
Tums logo.jpg
Motto in English The way to the future
Established 1934
Type Public
President Bagher Larijani
Academic staff 1310
Students 13,000
Undergraduates 11,000
Postgraduates 1,943
Location Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Campus Urban



Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) (Persian: دانشگاه علوم پزشکی تهران‎) is the largest, "most distinguished",[1] and most highly ranked[2] medical school of Iran. In September 2008, the health minister of Iran (Dr. Lankarani) called TUMS a pioneer in research throughout the country with a noticeable lead over its counterpart (peer) universities.[3]

Faculty of medicine
Faculty of pharmacy
Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center (HORCSCT)
Chemical abstract library of pharmacy faculty
A view of the university's main campus (Winter)
Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center (HORCSCT)
Graduation ceremony
Collection of Iranian traditional medicinal plants in pharmacy faculty
Imam Khomeini hospital
Exceptional talents ceremony
Sara hostel in Kish Island

Located in Tehran adjacent to the main University of Tehran campus, it was founded as part of Dar ol-Fonoon, and later absorbed into Tehran University in 1934. It finally separated from Tehran University by parliamentary legislation in 1986, coming under the new Ministry of Health and Medical Education.[4]

TUMS is ranked as one of Iran's top research universities, with an annual research budget of over 300 billion Rials from the government. The school trains over 13,000 students (40% of whom are women) in over 80 postgraduate programs. The school operates 15 teaching hospitals, is equipped with over 40 libraries, and publishes 34 journals, some in collaboration with academic societies.

The university operates The National Museum of Medical Sciences History as well.

Schools and faculties[5][edit]

  1. School of Pharmacy
  2. School of Medicine
  3. School of Dentistry
  4. School of Traditional Medicine
  5. School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine
  6. School of Public Health
  7. School of Nursing & Midwifery
  8. School of Allied Medical Sciences
  9. School of Rehabilitation
  10. School of Traditional Medicine
  11. School of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health(Tehran Institute of Psychiatry)
  12. Institute of Historical Medicine in Islam


  1. Amir Alam Hospital
  2. Arash Hospital
  3. Baharloo Hospital
  4. Bahrami Hospital
  5. Cancer Institute
  6. Children Hospital
  7. Farabi Hospital
  8. Imam Khomeini Hospital
  9. Mirza Kouchak Khan Hospital
  10. Razi Hospital
  11. Roozbeh Hospital
  12. Shariati Hospital
  13. Sina Hospital
  14. Tehran Heart Center Hospital
  15. Valiasr Hospital
  16. Ziaeeyan Hospital


  1. Taleghani
  2. Shahid Abedini
  3. Dr. Amini
  4. BooAbi
  5. Isar
  6. 13 aban
  7. Sina
  8. Imam Khomeini hospital
  9. Dr. Shari'ati hospital
  10. Razi hospital
  11. Children Hospital
  12. Subspecialty of 13 Aban

Research centers[7][edit]

Iran has recently achieved the highest science and technology growth rate in the world.[8] Tehran University of Medical Sciences has the largest network of research in medical sciences. Beside the researches done in departments of its faculties, it is now handling 38 research centers in Iran, some of them listed below. More than one third of science production in Iran takes place in TUMS.

  1. Research Center for Science and Technology In Medicine
  2. Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies
  3. Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center (HORCSCT in Wiki)
  4. Center for Research & Training in Skin Diseases & Leprosy
  5. Immunology, Asthma & Allergy Research Institute
  6. Sina Trauma & Surgery Research Center
  7. VALI E ASR Reproductive Health Research Center
  8. Sports Medicine Research Center
  9. Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center
  10. Center for Environmental Research
  11. Cancer Research Center
  12. Student's Scientific Research Center
  13. Dental Research Center
  14. Iranian Tissue Bank
  15. Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center
  16. Rheumatology Research Center
  17. Iranian Center of Neurological Research
  18. Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center
  19. Brain and Spinal Injury Research Center
  20. Otorhinolaryngalory Research Center
  21. Medicinal Plants Research Center
  22. Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center
  23. Urology Research Center
  24. Heart Research Center
  25. Digestive Disease Research Center
  26. Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS
  27. Eye Research Center
  28. Pediatric Growth and Development Research Center
  29. Medical Nanotechnology Research Center
  30. Research Institute for Nuclear Medicine
  31. Research and Education in Social Development
  32. Population Research Center
  33. Pediatric Urology Research Center
  34. Molecular Immunology Research Center
  35. Pediatric Infectious Research Center
  36. Laser Research Center in Dentistry
  37. Electrophysiological Research Center
  38. Advanced Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Research Center
  39. Biotechnology Research Center
  40. Drug and Design Development Research Center
  41. Nephrology Research Center
  42. Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Research Center
  43. Center for Research in Occupational Disease
  44. Knowledge Utilization Research Center
  45. Iranian Traditional Pharmacy Research Center
  46. Nursing & Midwifery Care Research Center
  47. Cardiac Transplantation & Surgery Research Center
  48. Pharmaceutics Quality Assurance Research Center
  49. Osteoporosis Research Center
  50. Breastfeeding Research Center
  51. Craniomaxillofacial Research Center
  52. Dental Implant Research Center
  53. Center for Community Based Participatory Research (CCBPR)


Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) publishes 34 peer reviewed journals in fields of basic, clinical, medical and paramedical sciences.[9] Many of these journals are indexed in international indexers.

  1. Acta Medica Iranica (Indexed in Medline & Scopus)
  2. Asian Journal of Sports Medicine (Indexed in PubMed (Medline) and Scopus)
  3. DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Indexed in ASCI, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, CAS, DOAJ, EMBASE, Free Medical Journals, Global Health, Google Scholar, HINARI, Index Copernicus, IMEMR, IPA, IranMedex, ISI Web of Knowledge, ISI Web of Science, MagIran, NAPRALERT, Open J-Gate, PubMed Central, Scirus, Scopus, SIR, EBSCO)
  4. International Journal of Hematology- Oncology and Stem Cell Research (Indexed in Scopus)
  5. International Journal of Occupational Hygiene
  6. Iranian Journal of Diabetes and Lipid Disorders (Indexed in Scopus)
  7. Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (Indexed in Medline, ISI Web of Scicence & Scopus)
  8. Iranian Journal of Arthropod-Borne Diseases (Indexed in ISI Web of Scicence)
  9. Iranian Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering (Indexed in Scopus & ISI Web of Scicence)
  10. Iranian Journal of Microbiology (Indexed in Scopus)
  11. Iranian Journal of Nuclear Medicine (Indexed in Scopus)
  12. Iranian Journal of Parasitology (Indexed in Scopus & ISI Web of Scicence)
  13. Iranian Journal of Pediatrics (Indexed in Scopus & ISI Web of Scicence)
  14. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry (Indexed in Scopus)
  15. Iranian Journal of Public Health (Indexed in Scopus & ISI Web of Scicence)
  16. Iranian Journal of Radiology (Indexed in Scopus & ISI Web of Scicence)
  17. Journal of Dentistry of Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  18. Journal of Family and Reproductive Health
  19. Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine (Indexed in Scopus)
  20. Journal of Tehran University Heart Center (Indexed in Scopus)
  21. Hospital (Persian: بيمارستان‎)
  22. Payavard Salamat (Persian: پياورد سلامت‎)
  23. Modern Rehabilitation (Persian: توانبخشی نوین‎)
  24. HAYAT (Persian: حیات‎)
  25. Iranian Journal of Health and Environment (Persian: سلامت و محيط ايران‎)
  26. Audiology (Persian: شنوايی شناسی‎)
  27. Iranian Journal of Epidemiology (Persian: مجله اپيدميولوژي ايران‎) (Indexed in Scopus)
  28. Dermatology and Cosmetic (Persian: پوست و زیبایی‎)
  29. Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research (Persian: مجله دانشكده بهداشت و انستيتو تحقيقات بهداشتي‎)
  30. Tehran University Medical Journal (TUMJ) (Persian: مجله دانشكده پزشكي‎) (Indexed in Scopus)
  31. Journal of Dental Medicine (Persian: مجله دندانپزشكي‎)
  32. Journal of Medical Hypotheses and Ideas (Indexed in Scopus)
  33. Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine (Persian: مجله اخلاق و تاريخ پزشكي‎) (Persian Version)
  34. Iranian Journal of Diabetes and Lipid Disorders (Persian: مجله ديابت و ليپيد ايران‎) (Persian Version)

International campus[edit]

In 2006, a group of professors and researchers established the International Campus of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS-IC). Their main goal was to break new ground in education excellence in the medical fields with an international outlook. Of the over 18,000 students studying at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, there are 781 students enrolled at the International Campus. The current class is matched into the following specialties: 367 in Medicine, 191 in Dentistry, and 148 in Pharmacy. There are 75 students at Ph.D. and M.Sc. levels who study in Nutrition and Public Health programs.

In 2012, the vice-chancellor office for International Affairs and Global Strategies was created and Dr. Ali Arab Kheradmand became the vice-chancellor for International Affairs and Global Strategies. This year, of 45,000 applicants, 150 students will join the International Campus. Sub-specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ali Arab Kheradmand the president of the International Campus since its foundation in 2006, is the new vice-chancellor for International Affairs and Global Strategies.


TUMS has well-established admissions processes and guidelines for students. Iranian students must submit the results of their National Exam, also known as “concours,” and have a successful interview with the members of the Selection Committee. International students, after having completed an online application form for international admissions, submit their education documents, copy of previous educational degree(s), English proficiency documents, letters of recommendation, letter of motivation, résumé or C.V., passport-size photograph, and a copy of passport’s main pages. The Admissions Committee evaluates the qualifications of each student profile and has final authority to admit students.

Students have access to a Scholarship Committee [1].

Student body[edit]

As of February, 2012, about 150 international students are enrolled at TUMS-IC. The coed student body brings together the heritage and culture of 65 nations. The school trains over 19,408 students (40% of which are women) in over 172 postgraduate programs. Teaching the medical sciences can have implications for cultural values and faith-based beliefs. To respect all values and beliefs, the curriculum, classroom teaching, and the student housing centers are adapted for a culturally diverse student and faculty population. Upon their graduation, students will practice medicine in every part of the world. To prepare them, the school offers an unparalleled education experience and curriculum.


Tehran University of Medical Sciences is ranked the first among Iranian Medical Sciences Universities by Ministry of Health for seven continuous years. International ranking of Tehran University of Medical Sciencesis in recent years is as follows:

  • Essential Science Indicators (ESI) Ranking[10]
    • September, 2010: All Fields: 1555, Clinical Medicine: 1136, Pharmacology & Toxicology: 361
    • September, 2009: All Fields: 1745, Clinical Medicine: 1879
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU/Shanghai Ranking)[11]
    • 2009: International rank : 402-501
  • QS World University Rankings[12]
    • 2010: International rank: 401-450, Life Sciences & Biomedicine: 257
  • Times higher education ( In association with QS )[12]
    • 2009: International rank: 368, Life Sciences & Biomedicine: 298
    • 2008: International rank: 401-500
    • 2007: International rank: 539, Life Sciences & Biomedicine: 410
  • SCImago rankings[13]
    • 2009: International rank: 1172
  • National ranking[14]
    • 2009: National rank: 1
    • 2008: National rank: 1
    • 2007: National rank: 1
    • 2006: National rank: 1
    • 2005: National rank: 1
    • 2004: National rank: 1
    • 2003: National rank: 1

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

TUMS has trained many distinguished national and international physicians and scientists. Among the best-known graduates of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Mohammad Gharib the father of Iranian pediatrics, Moslem Bahadori, Abbas Shafiee notable pharmaceutical chemist, Yahya Dowlati, Mohammad-Reza Zarrindast, Ahmad Reza Dehpour, Fereydoun Davatchi, Reza Malekzadeh and many others could be named. See the list of University of Tehran people.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ درباره دانشگاه
  2. ^ Pezeshk.us | رتبه بندي آموزشي دانشگاه ها و دانشكده هاي گروه پزشکی ايران (1- دانشکده های پزشکی)
  3. ^ http://publicrelations.tums.ac.ir/english/news/detail.asp?newsID=8787
  4. ^ History of the University of Tehran
  5. ^ a b http://www.tums.ac.ir/
  6. ^ http://pharmacy.tums.ac.ir/fa/related_pharmacies/Default.aspx
  7. ^ http://publicrelations.tums.ac.ir/english/content/?contentID=127
  8. ^ International rankings of Iran#Science and technology
  9. ^ http://journals.tums.ac.ir/index.aspx?org_id=59&culture_var=en
  10. ^ http://esi.isiknowledge.com/home.cgi
  11. ^ http://www.arwu.org
  12. ^ a b http://www.topuniversities.com/university/1089/university-of-tehran
  13. ^ http://www.scimagoir.com/pdf/sir_2009_world_report.pdf
  14. ^ http://hbi.ir/page.php?slct_pg_id=369&sid=17&slc_lang=fa

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