IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele is a university and research hospital established in 1971 to provide specialized care for the most complex and difficult health conditions. Ospedale San Raffaele was first recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a research hospital (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, IRCCS) in 1972 for its expertise in diabetes research and cure. The recognition as IRCCS was then extended to the entire field of molecular medicine in 2001.
Since May 2012, Ospedale San Raffaele joined Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato, the leading Italian hospital group. It is a multispecialty center with over 50 clinical specialties, accredited by the Italian National Health System to provide care to both public and private, national and international patients.