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University Hospital of Bern
Inselspital Berne September 2008 01.jpg
The Inselspital patient ward (center) and polyclinic ward 2 (right)
Location Bern, Switzerland
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Bern
Emergency department Yes

The University Hospital of Bern (German: Universitätsspital Bern, or simply Inselspital), located in Bern,[1] is one of the five university hospitals of Switzerland.[2] It is associated with the University of Bern.

The hospital is operated by a charitable foundation established in 1354 through the will of Anna Seiler, a wealthy Bernese.[3] It acquired its current name in 1531 when it occupied the buildings of the "St. Michaels Insel" convent.[4] From 1841 on, it has participated in the training of medical students.[5]

The hospital moved to its present location in 1885.[6][7] Many of the historic buildings were demolished from 1958 to 1978 and replaced by modern infrastructure, including a high-rise patient building.

As of 2016, the hospital employs a staff of 7,255 and provides care for 250,000 patients each year. It also provides practical training to 600 medical students and over 1,000 other healthcare professionals.[8][9][10]

The prominent physicians who have practiced in the Inselspital include Emil Theodor Kocher, the 1909 Nobel laureate.[11]



  • Fritz Leu (ed.): Das Inselspital: Geschichte des Universitätsspitals Bern, 1954–2004. Weber, Thun/Gwatt 2006, ISBN 3-909532-36-5

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Coordinates: 46°56′50″N 7°25′28″E / 46.94722°N 7.42444°E / 46.94722; 7.42444