Charité - Campus Virchow

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Berlin, Germany

Hospital description

The Charité is a large teaching hospital in Berlin, affiliated with both Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin. With numerous Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Charité is one of Germany’s most research-intensive medical institutions. For five years in a row Charité has been ranked by the news magazine Focus as the best of over 1000 hospitals in Germany.

The Charité is one of the largest hospitals in Europe with about 13200 members of staff, providing more than 3000 hospital beds across its various locations. It consists of 100 individual hospitals, clinics and institutes. The 800,000 patients (of which there are 660,000 outpatients) are cared for by 4100 nurses and care staff and 3700 doctors. The hospital even has its own medical history museum with 750 objects of the collection of Rudolf Virchow. The Charité is one of the biggest employers in Germany’s capital Berlin.

The Charité has four different campuses across the city of Berlin:
Campus Charité Mitte (CCM) in Mitte, Berlin
Campus Benjamin Franklin (CBF) in Lichterfelde, Berlin
Campus Virchow Klinikum (CVK) in Wedding, Berlin
Campus Berlin Buch (CBB) in Buch, Berlin

History for Campus Virchow
Situated in North Berlin, the Campus Virchow Klinikum was founded in 1898 by Rudolf Virchow and became Berlin’s fourth hospital. In 1986 the hospital, located in West-Berlin, was attached to the Free University. The institution, called the ““Rudolf Virchow University Clinic” since 1987, switched in 1995 to the Humboldt University.

In 1997/98 it was amalgamated with the Charité and the Robert Rössle and Franz Volhard clinics in Buch to become the “Charité Medical Faculty of the Humboldt University of Berlin”. In 2003 the Benjamin Franklin hospital was also amalgamated and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin was formed which is now the largest university hospital in Europe..

The hospital was largely rebuilt following the second world war and is now the centre for the German Cardiology Centre in Berlin (German: Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin DHZB) boasting the largest heart transplantation programme in Germany and the 3rd largest in the World.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language German
Funding Status Unknown


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