In 1886, Baron Adolphe de Rothschild expressed his desire to create a hospital facility that would be:
• specialized in ophthalmology and neuroscience;
• always at the forefront of medical and technological advances.
Today, the Foundation is a private and non-profit medical facility open to all patients. It has always pursued a dual strategy of clinical care and research.
Specialized expertise and international recognition
The hospital has cutting-edge technology and first-rate medical and surgical teams. It is recognized worldwide in its areas of specialization, namely ophthalmology and neurology. The hospital ranks number one in France for the treatment of cataracts, myopia and cerebral aneurysm, second for the treatment of retinal disorders, and third for glaucoma (Le Point, 2010).
In addition, recent technological developments in the field of medical neurology have required new and increasing investments in the hospital’s technological infrastructure, which is considered to be a model in France.
An innovative research center
The Foundation also supports clinical and fundamental research in the neurosciences and ophthalmology. As a university hospital, it distinguishes itself for the number and quality of its publications in influential medical journals (1094 publications in 2009).