Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo

Excellence in health care, medical education and research

Founded more than four centuries ago, the Irmandade of Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo is a philanthropic institution, private and secular, considered one of the most important referral Medical Center of Brazil.

There are no records of the exact date of its foundation, but it is estimated that it was created around 1560. Its track is vast and is, from the start, linked to the development of São Paulo city. The Irmandade was lodged in different places, until 1884, when the Major Hospital was opened in the central region, which has been a pioneer in many areas of health care and for the Brazilian medical education.

The Irmandade da Santa Casa de São Paulo was also the birthplace of the two most important Medical Science colleges in Brazil: the Medical College of São Paulo University (USP) and the Paulista Medical College(UNIFESP). Since 1963 it is the headquarter of the Santa Casa of São Paulo Medical Science College, which is recognized for the development of technical and scientific research and is responsible for graduation of 120 doctors per year.

The Santa Casa was also the place of important historical facts. The Irmandade received the soldiers of the constitutionalist revolution, having actively participated in the Gold for the Wealth of São Paulo, and welcoming the careless people with medical care in all specialties at that time.

The institution provides services to the Public Health Services (SUS) as well as contracts with public health services, and the philanthropic commitment ensures that all the resources be applied in their hospitals, ensuring the continuous health care with the best practices in the medical assistance.

The commitment of the organization is to ensure the health care for patients from São Paulo city, even though it offers health assistance for many patients from other cities of São Paulo state, from other places all over Brazil and even from other countries, in all medical specialties, in addition to the highly complex medical procedures such as organ transplantation and complex surgeries.

Four hospitals of medium and high complexitymake up the institution, a psychiatric center and an education health center. The Santa Casa is ranked today one of the most important hospital complex of the country and provides health care more than ten thousand people daily in all medical specialties.


The Santa Casa de São Paulo is classified as a School Hospital, recognized nationally for the development of research and for being a reference in medium and high complexity care.

In the treatments of medium complexity, the following stand out in the clinical specialties: infectology, hematology, endocrinology, neurology, cardiovascular, nephrology, pulmonology, and dermatology and surgery: general, urology, vascular, plastic, thorax, head and neck and maxillofacial surgery. We carry out the follow-up in high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, emergency care and adult emergency, pediatric, gynecological, orthopedic, ophthalmologic and otolaryngologist, as well as prolonged treatments, which require special care, such as the elderly and patients with psychiatric diseases.

High complexity care, a reference among clinical specialties, includes chemotherapies and hormone therapies, and we can highlight cardiovascular, digestive, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and oncological surgeries in the various specialties.

Along with medical tradition and specialized professional training, we also offer patients the diagnostic center to perform highly complex imaging and laboratory tests such as tomography, resonance, scintigraphy and arteriography.

The Organização de Procura de Órgãos is a national reference in funding for consecutively obtaining the best rates per million of population. In 2015, it obtained 120 organ donors, using 283 organs for transplantation, of which 195 kidneys, 68 livers, 14 hearts, 4 pancreas and 2 lungs.

The Medical Residency program offers training in 53 medical specialties. The mission focused on assistance, teaching and research, contributes to the Santa Casa being a reference in the health care of the population and in the training of professionals.

In 2015, the College and Teaching Units received 1,120 students, of whom 690 were medical students, 190 were nurses, 115 were speech therapists, 70 were radiology technicians and 55 were technicians in biomedical systems.