Safdarjung Hospital

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VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital
Motto शरीरमाद्यं खलु
Motto in English
Body is indeed the primary instrument of dharma
Type Public
Established 1942
Endowment 11.24 billion (US$160 million) per annum
President Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
Academic staff
Location New Delhi, India
28°33′54″N 77°12′36″E / 28.565°N 77.21°E / 28.565; 77.21
Website Safdarjung Hospital & Medical College Official website

Safdarjung Hospital is a 1,840-bed multi-specialty hospital, one of the largest government hospitals in India. It is located in New Delhi on the Ring Road, right opposite the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).[1][2] Until the inception of All India Institute of Medical Science in 1956, Safdarjung Hospital was the only tertiary care hospital in South Delhi. In 1962, it became a centre of training and teaching of Post-graduate students of the University of Delhi. From 1973 to 1990, the hospital and its faculty was associated with University College of Medical Sciences. But with the establishment of Indraprastha University in 1998, the college and hospital were later associated with the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College.


The courses offered by the institute are:

Medical facilities[edit]

  • Anatomy[3]
  • Anesthesiology
  • Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART)for HIV & AIDS treatment[4]
  • Biochemistry Clinical (SJH)
  • Blood Bank and transfusion and Pathology
  • Biochemistry ( VMMC )
  • Burns and Plastic
  • Cardiac Surgery - CTVS
  • Cardiology
  • Central Institute of Orthopaedics(CIO)
  • Community Medicine[5]
  • College of Nursing[6]
  • Cancer surgery
  • Dental Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • ENT
  • Endocrinology
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Homeopathy
  • Medicine Department
  • Medical Oncology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paed Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Pain & Palliative Care
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology and Imaging
  • Radiotherapy
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Regional STD Teaching Training and Research Centre[7]
  • School of Nursing
  • Surgery
  • Sport Injury Centre
  • Urology


American troops came to India during the Second World War and landed at the nearby Safdarjung airport, the only airport in Delhi at that time and then known as Willingdon Airfield. There was no hospital in the area where this hospital is situated. Some barracks were rapidly constructed south of the airport to establish a medical centre for American troops fighting in this region. The hospital was well equipped, with x-ray machine, a laboratory and other facilities for various emergency procedures. After the Second World War was over, America handed over the hospital to the Indian government and it is now known as Safdarjung Hospital. Later a medical college was started there by Central Government Health Scheme of the Health Ministry.

AIIMS was started in 1956 but there was no medical college in old Delhi until 1959 when Maulana Azad Medical College was started at Delhi Gate.


  1. ^ Directorate of Health Services Archived 2008-06-21 at the Wayback Machine. Govt. of Deth 204 beds, for the Allied forces, during the Second World War.
  2. ^ "Hospital Profile". 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-24.

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