Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

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Coordinates: 29°37′47.84″N 52°31′25.24″E / 29.6299556°N 52.5236778°E / 29.6299556; 52.5236778

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Type Public
Established 1946
President Mohammad Hadi Imanieh
Academic staff
25000 with faculty members and staff[citation needed]
Students 9000
Location Shiraz, Fars, Iran
Campus Urban

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS) (Persian: دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شیراز Dāneshgāh-e Olum Pezeshki-e Shirāz‎‎) is a public medical school located in Shiraz, Iran. It is ranked as one of Iran's top medical schools, with more than 9000 students studying in over 200 different disciplines, and a faculty staff of nearly 900 and 25,000 personnel.[citation needed] as it is one of the best medical universities in Iran. Iranian students are recruited to SUMS through National Entrance Exam (Konkur) and registered to the main campus of the university. Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), exhibiting nearly 70 years of Medical education experience, is the most popular University of Medical Sciences in southern Iran, and offers international degree and non-degree programs to international students at different levels and disciplines including Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), B.Sc., M.Sc.,Ph.D., Specialty, Subspecialty, and Fellowship. International applicants who are interested to apply to SUMS' International Programs may apply at http://

With 41 hospitals (including 14 teaching hospitals), SUMS is a regional health care provider and the main medical center in Fars Province.

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The Foundation of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences(SUMS) dates back to about 70 years ago when Shiraz Institute of Higher Health Education admitted a few medical students (1945). The High Institute of Health developed into Medical Faculty in 1946. The medical school is located in central Shiraz, which was founded in 1946 as a college within Pahlavi University. In 1953, a Faculty of Nursing was added, followed by a Faculty of Dentistry in 1969. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty, drastic changes were implemented at all universities. The name of Pahlavi University was immediately changed to Shiraz University. In 1986, the Iranian Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education took over the departments and faculties in the medical sciences and SUMS became an independent institution.


Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), founded in 1946, is one of the oldest medical universities nationwide. Shiraz University of Medical Sciences was first established as the "Institute of Health for Higher Education". This institute was turned into the Faculty of Medicine in 1949. "Nemazee Higher Institute for Nursing" and the School of Dentistry were founded in 1954 and 1970 respectively. Afterwards, other schools were shaped gradually. All public higher educational schools in Shiraz (medical and non-medical) were initially under the auspices of Shiraz University – former "Pahlavi University". In 1986 education of medical sciences in Iran was taken over by the "Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education" with the purpose of utilizing national medical resources more desirably in addition to promoting healthcare as well as medical teaching and research. Consequently, all medical faculties and centers continued their activities under the new affiliation; "Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS)". Non-medical programs, however, are still offered under the supervision of Shiraz University. Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS) is not only responsible for training students in medical areas, but also manages all public hospitals, clinics and healthcare centers in Fars Province in southern Iran. The private sector of health system in Fars is also under the surveillance of SUMS. The following feature SUMS: 17 Schools 63 Research centers 41 Public Hospitals (including 14 teaching hospitals) 6 Research Incubators

Over 900 faculty members and more than 25000 personnel are working at SUMS in different areas including health, treatment, research and education. Currently, over 9000 students are studying in a variety of academic disciplines at SUMS schools and research centers. Iranian students are recruited to SUMS through National Entrance Exam (Konkur), whereas non-Iranian international applicants who would like to apply to SUMS are required to apply online after going through our A-Z program list. At SUMS, we have been capable of providing an intellectual environment to educate top students and send them out to practice their skills all over the world.

SUMS displays a good deal of tradition as well as modernity, aiming at training students, utilizing high-quality education and research. Since its foundation, SUMS has been active as one of the largest and most reputable universities in Iran and the Middle East and an influential figure in the region, regarding the services it offers to the students as well as the patients. SUMS is particularly proud of being considered by the Iran Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education as the main hub of four scientific areas as follows: - The hub of liver transplantation - The hub of clinical immunology - The hub of clinical Microbiology - The hub of advanced electronic learning

SUMS is also one of the main centers for cochlear implant Iran. Not only does it host hundreds of patients from southern Iran, it is also a well-known pivot for health tourism in Iran attracting hundreds of patients from nearby countries each year. Some of specific medical services which attracts patients to Shiraz include:

- Organ transplantation - Cochlear implantation - Cardiovascular angiography - Hepatic angiography - Cancer radiation-therapy and chemotherapy - Different types of Eye surgery - Different types of heart surgery - Different types of orthopedic surgery - Fetal Surgery - Treatment of infertility by means of IVF technology

University Bodies[edit]

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences mainly aims at training talents through scientific education, research, and expansion of medical and paramedical sciences in order to supply the specialist staff required in the country, setting research and educational facilities to recognize potentialities and enhance the scientific capacity in relation to health and treatment issues and expanding health and treatment facilities throughout the society through affiliated health and treatment organizations and centers. University Authorities have played a crucial role in achieving these goals. Based on the first term of administration regulations for the universities and higher education institutes, the authorities of the university are as follows:

1. Board of Trustees 2. University Council 3. Board of Directors 4. Board of Auditors 5. University Specialized Councils

The following table represents university authorities and their responsibilities:

University Authorities Members Responsibilities and Duties
Board of Trustees 1-Minister of Health and Medical Education (as the President)

2-University Chancellor (as the Secretary)

Four to six local and national authorities contributing significantly to the development of the university 3 are members of the university academic staff) 3-President of planning and administration organization or his representative

1- Approving internal regulations, administration, detailed budget, financial and recruitment regulations and university accounts and balanced sheets

2- Determining payments for research and education

3- Assessing budget approval and university reports given by the chancellor

University Council 1- Board of Directors

2- Deans of selected schools 3- Two members of academic staff elected by councils 4- Two members of academic staff elected by the chancellor || 1- Setting conditions and regulations for the selection of university students

2- Assessing professors, assistant professors and associate professors recommended by each faculty council to serve in the university

3- Setting strategies for development and reforms in the university affairs

4- Assessing and approving projects aiming at promoting university affairs

Board of Directors 1- University Chancellor

2- Vice Chancellors 3-Deans of selected Schools 4-Natural persons || 1- Making decisions for current affairs of the University 2- Delivering Consultation services on the University Affairs 3- Suggesting the university organizational chart and office reforms to the Board of Trustees 4- Assessing the implementation of Board of Directors’ decisions and supervising the activities of affiliated units 5- Coordinating the vice Chancellors’ responsibilities 6- Surveying administrative and financial regulations and providing projects and agenda to be discussed in the Board of Trustees 7- Suggesting the university’s yearly budget to the Board of Trustees 8- Approving and allocating sabbatical or short-term research leaves to academic and research staff

Board of Auditors 1- Chancellor

2- Vice-chancellor for education 3- 3 to 7 academic staff ranking as professor and associate professors || 1- Assessing the qualifications of the applicants to serve as Professor or associate Professor or the promotion of academic staff to these ranks. 2- Promotion of academic staff to higher ranks 3- Assessing the quality of research and education performed by the academic staff

University Specialized Councils 1- Academic committee supervised by vice chancellor for education

2- Research council supervised by vice chancellor for research 3- Cultural and student council supervised by vice chancellor for cultural and student affairs 4- Postgraduate council supervised by vice chancellor for education 5-Internationalization Council Supervised by the Vice Chancellery for Global Strategies and International Affairs || Each Council considers issues relevant to their area of specialty including education, research, international, cultural and student affairs


  • Faculty of Medicine, 1949
  • Faculty of Dentistry, 1969
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, 1990
  • Faculty of Health, 1973 as Kavar College of Health and then, in 1984, as Faculty of Health in Shiraz
  • Shiraz Hazrat-e-Fatemeh Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, 1953 as Nursing Education Center and then, in 1976, as Nursing Faculty
  • Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, 1987
  • Faculty of Rehabilitation, 1977
  • Lar Hazrat-e-Zeinab Nursing Faculty, 1987

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Kamran Bagheri Lankarani, former Minister of Health and Medical Education of Iran
  • Professor Seyyed Ali MalekHosseini: The founder of liver transplantation in Iran. This discipline has been started by him since 1993, and now SUMS is the only center active in providing liver transplant treatment option for those who require that in Iran.
  • seyed ziaeddin tabei, Professor of Pathology
  • Mohammad Rahim Kadivar, Professor of pediatrics Infectious Diseases
  • Hamed Zarei, Professor of internal medicine, The president of fars diabetes association

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