Interesting  facts:

  • Private capital of family of Lydia Shanyavskaya constituted the financial foundation of the Institute. Lydia Shanyavskaya was an eminent activist of a public movement for equal rights for women. A big donation was made by Martha Nobel- Oleynikova, a graduate of the WMI, a member of the famous Nobel family.
  • In 1908 Professor Michael Isaevich Nemenov opened one of the first X-ray rooms in Russia at the Clinic of Faculty Surgery, which was built at the expense of the Nobel family. The first in Europe State Institute of Roentgenology Radiology and Oncology was established ten years later, in 1918.
  • In 1916 male students were allowed to attend classes at the Institute. The Academic Board was granted the right to award academic degrees to male doctors.
  • The Institute was proud to have a number of outstanding female scientists as members of the Institute staff: Anna Akimovna Sakhnovskaya, the first woman in the world to be appointed a full Professor of Medicine, was the Head of the Department of Dermatology and Venereology. Olga Nikolaevna Podvysotskaya, who also carried out research in Dermatovenereology, was the first female Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences (since 1939) and the first woman to hold the rank of an Academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (since 1944).
  • In 1922 Professor Mikhail Dmitrievich Tushinsky created the first Student Scientific Society in Russia.
  • The USSR’s first Research Institute of Pulmonology was founded in 1967.
  • Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University is the only higher medical school in the city that has an outpatient department attached to the University. 180th anniversary was celebrated from its foundation in 2015.


«The purpose of medicine is to cure if it is curable, relieve if it is incurable, and console in either case».

Ambroise Pare


The University Teaching Hospital includes more than 100 departments, the Consultative and Diagnostic Center, diagnostic laboratory services, the Maternity Home and the Blood Transfusion Department.

The University staff includes skilled professionals whose experience and qualification is recognized both in Russia and abroad. Among them are 6 academicians and 7 corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, more than 600 professors and MD/PhDs, 12 Chief Specialists of St. Petersburg and the North-West Federal District.

A characteristic feature of our work is a multidisciplinary approachto patient follow-up: at all stages of the follow-up a doctor is guided not only by the knowledge of his field but he also assesses the problem in its entirety and, if necessary, involves other specialists in the patient's diagnosis and treatment.

We strive to develop a proper individualized treatment plan for every patient.

Annually more then 30 000 residents of St. Petersburg and other regions of the Russian Federation getting quality medical care in our clinics.



Medical Fields

Obstetrics and Gynecology









Cardiac Surgery

Laser Medicine











Vascular surgery


Thoracic Surgery

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Kidney Transplantation



Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery




As well as:

A variety of Laboratory Tests

Infectious diseases

Physical therapy

Hair Transplantation





International Collaboration 
Nowadays our University maintains international partnerships with health care institutions and universities around the world. The collaborative work is carried out in 3 principal fields: patient care, education and research.

Our main international partners:
• Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University (Kazakhstan)
• Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (China)
• Xinjiang University (China)
• University of Tampere (Finland)
• University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
• University of Toronto (Canada)
• Open Medical Institute (The American Austrian Foundation, Austria, U.S.A.)
• University of Zagreb (Croatia)
• University of Strasbourg (Universite Louis Pasteu) (France)
• Lebanese Urology Society (Lebanon)
• Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (Republic of Belarus)
• Grodno State Medical University (Republic of Belarus)
• United States Agency for International Development (U.S.A.)
• The Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (South Korea)
• Medical Faculty of Osaka University (Japan)
• National Scientific Center of Oncology and Transplantation (Kazakhstan)
• Peto Institute of Conductive Education (Hungary)
• Tashkent Medical Academy (Uzbekistan)


Over 30 scientists, clinicians, prominent statesmen and public figures from around the world were given Honorary Doctorates at our University; among them are: Dr. Dieter Bumann — a notable educationist and public figure, Germany; Dr. Patrick B. Storey — a former Associate Dean of the International Medicine Program in the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, USA; Dr. Axel Arthur Fauser — Director of the European Institute for Research and Development of Transplantation; Dr. Michael Dewar — an outstanding cardiothoracic surgeon, USA, etc.

International collaboration is impossible without continuous interaction that implies exchange of experience and organizing joint events. Following this principle, our University annually hosts different scientific events with participation of overseas colleagues: collaborative research laboratories, master-classes, workshops, conferences, symposia, etc.

About 50 scientific and practical events, including those that engage international participants, are held at our University every year. Many of them have become traditional — for example, the International conference ‘Current problems in Experimental and Clinical Medicine’ and the International Ophthalmology Congress ‘The White Nights’.