The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild

The Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild is a Parisian hospital on the cutting-edge of technology, specializing in neurology, neurosurgery, ear, nose and throat diseases, and ophthalmology.

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).

The hospital collaborates with the French Center for Scientific Research (CNRS – Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and the French health and medical research institute (INSERM – Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) to develop research programs in the following fields:

•  the role of the brain in cognitive processes relating to vision, with a focus on
   children (project run by Dr. Sylvie Chokron, PhD, in partnership with the
•  retinal prosthesis through electric stimulation of retinal neurons (project led
   by Professor José-Alain Sahel, in partnership with INSERM).

Exemplifying the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations’ commitment

The Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild is the cornerstone of the Rothschilds’ commitment to care and research in the medical field. Throughout its history, the hospital and research center has upheld a tradition of excellence to benefit all patients thanks to the quality of its teams of healthcare professionals, doctors and scientists.

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