Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Ghods St.
Keshavarz Blvd.
I.R. Iran

1. Brief History

The first modern center of medical training in Iran was founded in 1851 and was part of the Institute of Higher Education (Dar-ol-Fonoon). Today’s School of Medical Sciences was established as a part of the University of Tehran in 1934. After the Islamic Revolution, medical schools and departments associated with medical fields were separated from the Ministry of Higher Education and were taken under the administration of the Ministry of Health, Treatment, and Medical Education. Hence, since 1986, all those schools of the University of Tehran which specialize in medical fields have carried on their activities independently as Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (TUMS).

TUMS is the oldest and most well-known medical university in Iran, which is regarded a premier medical institute for higher education, research, as well as service, both nationally and internationally. As one of the country’s top research universities, TUMS accepts applications from the most qualified students and is home to the largest schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, rehabilitation, allied medical sciences, public health, advanced technologies in medicine, nutritional sciences and dietetics, and nursing and midwifery as well as a virtual school in Iran. Over a hundred specialized research centers are under the immediate supervision of TUMS. Furthermore, TUMS is affiliated with a growing number of active hospitals across the megacity of Tehran and nationwide. The International Campus of TUMS was established in Tehran in 2006, welcoming international students and researchers from across the globe.

Outstanding persons include:

  • Abbas Shafiee, National Winner of Merit, Lunsford Richardson Award for graduate research (USA).
  • Reza Malekzadeh received the "Permanent Personages Award" which is a national award given to the most outstanding and memorable citizens of Iran.
  • Mohammad Gharib, a key figure in the establishment of pediatrics in Iran
  • Bagher Larijani, known for his studies in diabetes and osteoporosis, as well as holding the position of Deputy Minister for Medical Education in Iran

2. Key Facts





  • School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine
  • School of Allied Medical Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • School of Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Rehabilitation
  • School of Traditional Medicine
  • Virtual School


  • Moheb Yas Women's General Hospital
  • Amir A’lam Hospital (ENT)
  • Arash Women’s Hospital (Gynecology & Obstetrics)
  • Baharloo Hospital (General)
  • Bahrami Children’s Hospital
  • Cancer Institute
  • Children’s Medical Center (Hospital)
  • Farabi Hospital (Ophthalmology)
  • Imam Khomeini Hospital (General)
  • Razi hospital (Dermatology)
  • Roozbeh Hospital (Psychiatry)
  • Shariati Hospital (General)
  • Sina Hospital (General)
  • Tehran Heart Center
  • Vali-e-Asr Hospital (General)
  • Ziayiyan Hospital (General)

Top Research Centers:

  • Research Center for Immunodeficiencies
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center
  • Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute
  • Eye Research Center
  • Immunology, Asthma and Allergy Research Institute
  • Research Center for Nuclear Medicine
  • Rheumatology Research Center

Spin offs:

  • Pooyesh Darou - the first company in Iran to use genetically modified bacteria and cells, worked with TUMS on alpha interferon, GCSF, Erythropoietin
  • Behbood Gostar Dana – consultancies about GLP and IPQC/QC in laboratories to achieve related standards such as ISO17025.
  • Pars Nou Tarkib
  • Pajohesh Darou Arya
  • Zist Darou Danesh
  • Masoon Darou
  • Saman Darou
  • Parsian Phamaceutical

The complete list of Spin-offs is available online

President: Dr. Ali Jafarian, MD


  • 1663 faculty members
  • 112 researchers
  • 15549 administrative staff


  • Total number of students: 12466
  • Undergraduate: 6685
  • Postgraduate: 3629
  • Residency: 1717
  • Fellowship: 208
  • Specialty: 227
  • International Students: 5%

22,513,980,000,000 Rials

3. Research


The Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) mission is to educate students at all levels and disciplines of the medical sciences in accordance with the highest educational standards. The university educates future medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and health scientists to work in diverse communities.

TUMS’ vision is to become an internationally recognized university that will draw international students, fellows and researchers from all around the world.
The commitment to the advancement of education in medical sciences of the Teheran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) is evident through their ever-expanding interactions with professors, researchers and students present in international academic landscapes.

As a member of the national health system and in accordance with the general policies made by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, TUMS renders services to the population covered and is active in the following areas:

  1. Rendering educational services within the scope of sciences to extend the university’s expertise to the community locally, nationally, and internationally in order to support health promotion, health maintenance, and the advancement of the health sciences proportion. This is done to serve community by the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and the discovery of knowledge through research, to emphasize offering specialized and sub-specialized courses, and PhD program for training manpower needed by other medical universities and health care and research centers.
  2. Introducing health care oriented science and technology through conducting fundamental, applied and developmental researches for: solving health care problems at regional and national levels, acquiring the technology for production of strategic medical and drug supplies to meet local needs and boost exports, designing and promoting new software, and educational methods appropriate for the needs of the society, providing for joint efforts with other organizations, institutions, and universities to identify and meet mutual needs, and render scientific and specialized services, developing appropriate structural and managerial models and procedures within the national health system, participating in publication of renowned scientific resources and contributing to the production of science at the national and international levels.
  3. Rendering health care services: At all levels (first, second. third, and fourth) to the covered population, in the specialized hospitals to the public, in the areas which comply with the national comprehensive health care policies in which the private sector is not inclined to invest.
  4. Supervising and inspecting health care centers and authorizing the issuance of license on health care services in the covered area on behalf of the concerned ministry of the concerned ministry.

4. Partnerships and Programs

Partner Universities:

The University has more than 100 international agreements in 45 countries. Some of the most active partnerships include:

  • Harvard Medical School
  • China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences
  • WHO International Agency for Research Cancer   
  • Hannover Medical School
  • Global Kidney Academy
  • University of Geneva

Find more online

Exchange Programs:

  • Erasmus Mundus
  • Erasmus Plus

Degree Programs:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Fellowships

Non-Degree Programs:

  • Post-Doc Opportunities
  • Research Fellowship/ Internship/ Assistantship
  • Training Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Medical Electives (Clinical Rotations/Internships)


  • TUMS’ International Visiting Professors
  • TUMS’ Professors in International Universities as Visiting Professors

5. Trivia




The Way to the Future

6. Useful Links