Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
1205 Genève

1. Brief History

Founded in 1995 from the merger of all public hospitals in Geneva, the Geneva University Hospitals (French: Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève, HUG) are heirs to a centuries-long tradition of excellence in medicine and science, with precursors dating back to the founding of the first general state hospital in Geneva in 1535. The HUG operate 8 hospitals in the Canton of Geneva, as well as 40 outpatient clinics, and manage a research program closely linked to the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva. Their combined fields of expertise ensure the patients’ access to the latest in technological developments and medical progress. 

Outstanding Alumni and Faculty Members include:

  • Didier Pittet - Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University Hospital of Geneva – was awarded the Honorary Commander of the British Empire in 2007 in recognition of his services related to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections in the UK.
  • Pierre-Yves Dietrich – medical oncologist and cancer researcher – named Cancer Researcher of the Year by Gateway for Cancer Research.
  • Thierry Berney – President of the European Society for Organ Transplantation ESOT
  • Leo Buhler – President of International Xenotransplantation Association
  • Nathalie Farpour Lambert – President of the European Association for the Study of Obesity

2. Key Facts


University Hospitals

Affiliated University:
University of Geneva


  • 8 hospitals
  • 40 outpatient clinics
  • 1,781 beds

10,559 employees, including 1679 doctors and 4745 members of the nursing staff


1,356 students studying medicine
124 students graduated in medicine
60,303 hours of teaching provided in the Faculty of Medicine

1.758.873.011 CHF (2014)

3. Research

Focus / Key Aspects:

Research activities are an integral part of the mission of the HUG and are performed in close collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva. Through research, the HUG have reached a high level of excellence in many leading disciplines and cooperate actively with high-profile European and national projects.

Clinical Research Center

The clinical research center's mission is to promote patient-oriented clinical research within HUG and the Faculty of Medicine by developing translational research in line with the priorities defined by the two institutions.

The Centre has received support from the National Scientific Fund, which funded its implementation from 2008 to 2012. It continues to develop with the support of the Medical Faculty and the HUG.

HUG conducts clinical studies in the following areas:

  • Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Intensive Care
  • Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal medicine
  • Clinical Neurosciences
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiology and Medical Informatics

Care Research Projects

HUG’s Care Directorate has established a research agenda to identify priorities for research in care as well as to coordinate and guide research activities in the field of care, including research into:

  • quality and safety of care,
  • symptom management,
  • therapeutic education and health behaviors,
  • innovative interventions,
  • translation of good practice in care and
  • organization and delivery of care.

HUG maintain a strong commitment to participation in interdisciplinary projects regarding evaluation and improvement of quality of care.

Associated Institutions:

  • Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM)
  • University Centre of Legal Medicine (CURML)
  • École romande de santé publique (ERSP)

4. Partnerships and Programs

Partner University:

University of Geneva


Federal and Geneva Partners

  • DEAS (Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Health)
  • State of Geneva
  • BSV (Federal Insurance Office)
  • FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health)
  • City of Geneva

Medical Associations

  • AMG (Association of Physicians of the Canton of Geneva)
  • AMIG (Association of Institutions of Geneva Doctors)
  • FMH (Swiss Medical Association)

Education / Research / Research Support

  • Foundation Louis-Jeantet
  • IDS - Institute of Health Law/Insitut de Droit de la Santé, Université de Neuchâtel
  • SIB - Swiss Insitute of Bioinformatics; academic non-profit foundation coordinating research and education in bioinformatics throughout Switzerland and providing high quality bioinformatics services to the national and international research community
  • BioAlps - Biotechnology & Medical Technology; comprises centers and research institutions, laboratories, universities and hospitals
  • UNITEC - Service created by the University of Geneva aimed at facilitating transfer of research results between the academic world and the local business community, including SMEs
  • Alliance - Industrial Liaison Program, aims to translate business needs into concrete projects and serve as a platform for cooperation between academia and the economy to develop and support technology transfer to innovative firms, especially SMEs

5. Trivia



Four core values gather employees around a single mission:

  • Quality
  • Innovation
  • Responsibility
  • Service to the Patient

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