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American Hospital, Istambul, Turkey

  • ESTD:1920
  • No. of beds278
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About Hospital

Founded by Admiral Mark L. Bristol, the American Hospital, Istanbul was established in 1920 as the first non-profit private hospital in Turkey. Turkey’s first nursing school, which was opened concomitantly also became an integral part of the hospital.

The American Hospital started to admit patients on August 20, 1920, in a triplex wooden mansion on Çarşıkapı Avenue in old Istanbul with 45 beds and 3 operating rooms. Later, it moved to its more substantial current location in Nişantaşı.

After it was initially operated by the American Hospital of Istanbul Inc with headquarters in New York, it was transferred to the Vehbi Koç Foundation, which had always supported the hospital since its establishment. The Vehbi Koç Foundation invested more than 300 million US dollars in renovations and improvements paving the way for the American Hospital to occupy its current leadership position in the Turkish health sector.

Today we are incredibly proud of running a hospital with 278 patient rooms, including 58 rooms reserved for intensive care patients, 62 intensive care beds and 12 operating rooms. We serve more than 220,000 patients and carry out more than 10,000 operations annually. The American Hospital leads the Turkish health sector with its long-standing rich history and superlative patient care.

Alongside affiliated Vehbi Koç Foundation Healthcare Institutions the MedAmerican Ambulatory Care Center, the Koç University Hospital, the Bodrum American Hospital and the American Hospital is a center of excellence, expertise, and innovation.

The “New Grounds” broken by the American Hospital in the Turkish healthcare sector since its foundation:

  • First Nursing School (1920)
  • First Administration of Spinal Anesthesia (1946)
  • First Rh Typing (1948)
  • First Neonatal Exchange Transfusion (1949)
  • First Hospital with an Generator (1965)
  • First Kidney Dialysis Unit (1966)
  • First Private Family Planning Clinic (1972)
  • First Check-Up Clinic (1972)
  • First Intensive Care Nursing Course (1978)
  • First Outpatient Operation (1983)
  • First Preventive Medicine Center (1988)
  • First Specialized Intensive Care Unit (1990)
  • First Private Infertility (IVF) Training Center (1995)
  • First Brain Surgery, Micro-electrode Surgery for Movement Disorders (1996)
  • First Non-surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI) (2009)
  • First Robotic Thoracic (Lung) Surgery (2010)

Team and Specialities

 Allergy and Immunology
 Anesthesiology and Reanimation
 Cardiovascular Surgery
 Dermatology (Skin Disorders)
 Emergency Department
 Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
 Family Medicine
 Functional Medicine
 Gastroenterology and Hepatology
 General Surgery
 Gynecology and Obstetrics
 Infectious Diseases
 Internal Medicine
 Medical Oncology
 Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
 Nutrition and Dietetics
 Oral and Dental Health
 Orthopedics and Traumatology
 Otolaryngology (ENT) – Head & Neck Surgery
 Pediatric Surgery
 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
 Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
 Pulmonary Medicine
 Radiation Oncology
 Radiology (Medical Imaging)
 Thoracic Surgery
 Vascular Surgery



The clinic is located in the center of Istanbul, 23 kilometers from Ataturk International Airport. The hospital can be reached in 40 minutes by taxi. Also you can get there by public buses: first on the route M1A getting to Enikapy, then, after crossing, on route M2 to Osmanbey. A 10-minute walk from there to the hospital. On average, the duration of the trip is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Hospital Address

American Hospital

Teşvikiye, Güzelbahçe Sk. No:20, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey


The American hospital in Istanbul is the first non-profit private medical institution within the framework of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. The Foundation invests in the hospital all the time to introduce new technologies and improve the professional level of all employees. The hospital is equipped with the latest technology for radiological research. Here, digital neuroangiography and magnetic resonance imaging are used. They treat hypersomnia and insomnia. The hospital has 128 surveillance cameras, 24 elevators and 3 escalators for maximum comfort and patient safety. Also on the territory of the hotel there is a small restaurant. The hospital cooperates with hotels located near the clinic. Guests of the patient can offer them to settle down for a fee. In the list of services of the hotel there are also sightseeing tours in Istanbul with a pre-prepared program of attractions.Today in the hospital there are 262 chambers, each equipped with: preventive devices; computer systems; comfortable beds;furniture; TV; refrigerator.

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