The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was inaugurated in 1996 with its Psychology course, soon followed by the courses of Medicine, in 1998, and Philosophy, in 2002. Since its establishment, the University has been characterized by a strong integration of teaching and research, in each of its facets: basic, philosophical and social.

The mission of Vita-Salute San Raffaele is to answer to the question Quid est homo, What is the man, strongly believing that the human kind is biologically, psychologically and spiritually unique.

The University is now part of the Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato.

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is a point of reference in the field of university education, as one of the top academic institutions in Italy. Each department is a complex structure including, other than the undergraduate and graduate courses, research centers, doctoral schools and masters

The first department established was Psychology, developing a teaching unit in the former Casa di Cura Ville Turro (now San Raffaele Turro) and having available a neuroscience sector.

1996: the Psychology Department is inaugurated

1998: opening of the Medical School.

1999: launch of the first Specialization Schools – Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
2001: the Schools of Nursing and Physiotherapy are established, based on the already existing university degrees.

2001: the Philosophy Department is opened. An agreement with the Municipality of Cesano Maderno allows to give lectures in the historical Arese-Borromeo Palace.

2002: UniSR becomes a center for the state-sponsored qualification exam. The postgraduate school comes to life with its Ph.D. program in Cellular Biology and the Master in Clinical Psychopharmacology.

2005: The University opens a new course in Dental Hygiene and a Graduate Degree in Philosophy of the Mind, Person, City and History. The Centre of Statistics for Biomedical Sciences (CUSSB) is inaugurated.

2006: Foundation of the Research Center of Experimental and Applied Epistemology (CRESA)

2007: Creation of the Center for Studies in Public Ethics (CeSEP)

2008: Inauguration the new areas of the DiBit2, the new Department of Biotechnologies and Research: 80.000 square meters destined to research laboratories, clinical analysis laboratories and classrooms.

2009: the administrative offices are transferred in the DiBit2, where new classrooms and laboratories are inaugurated. The Philosophy Department is moved from the Cesano Maderno location to the headquarters in Via Olgettina.

2010: the San Raffaele International MD Program is created.

2011: the Course of Dentistry is started.

2015: the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University becomes part of Gruppo San Donato, the first hospital group in Italy and the second national research institution.

Prof. Felice Enrico Gherlone

Dott. Paolo Rotelli








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Milan has 3 important airports; Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio Airport.
Malpensa Airport is located in the northwest of the city near Varese and is Italy’s most important airport in terms of international traffic.
It is connected to Milan by the Milano-Varese highway as well as by the “Malpensa Express” train starting from the Milan Cadorna railway station, which takes about 40 minutes.

Linate Airport is one of the two major airports of Milan. It is in the southeast of the city and nearest to the San Raffaele Hospital & University. It is mainly used for domestic and short-haul international flights.

Orio al Serio Airport is located in Orio al Serio, in the southeast of Bergamo and is considered part of Milan’s airport system together with Linate and Malpensa.

Reaching San Raffaele:  the closest underground station is CASCINA GOBBA (MM green line 2). From there you can either take the shuttle train – a one minute trip – to HSR for which you will have to buy another ticket, or take the 925 bus (direction Piazza Udine) which stops in front of San Raffaele.This latter is a  5 minutes trip, with the same ticket used for the underground.

From Linate Airport
• 10 minutes drive by Taxi. (fare around 20 euros)
• Bus to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2)
• Bus n° 73 to Piazza San Babila (MM red line 1)

From Orio al Serio Airport
This airport is near the city of Bergamo and 1 hour’s drive from Milano.
• Bus to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2)
• Bus to ‘Lambrate’ railway station (MM green line 2)

Milan’s railways are served by Ferrovie dello Stato  and Ferrovie Nord

From Malpensa Airport
• 50 minutes drive from Milano. (taxi fare around 80/90 euros)
• Malpensa Express Train to Cadorna station (MM green line 2) railway station
• Malpensa Bus Express to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2)
• Shuttle Air Pullman to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2)


You can find Taxis outside all airports, railway or underground stations and in many streets and squares of the city. Should you need to find or book a taxi you can dial the following numbers:
Yellow taxi:02 6969  – Radio Taxi: 02 8585 – Taxiblu: 02 4040