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Cayetano Heredia University

Cayetano Heredia University (Spanish: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, (UPCH) or simply Cayetano Heredia) is a private university located in Lima, Peru. It was named in honor of Cayetano Heredia, one of the eminent Peruvian physicians of the 19th century. The university is overseen by a Board of Trustees (patronato) and is not actually property of any private or state entity. It is considered one of the top medical schools in Peru and Latin America and is currently one of the the majors publishers of scientific articles in the country.


It was founded in 1961 by a group of professors and students from the school of medicine of the four-century-old National University of San Marcos also of Lima. This dissenting group of students and professors disagreed with the system prevalent in UNMSM at the time.

However, some analysts believe most of them where already under a prior arrangement to establish their own university outside the control of the medical board that existed in the 1960s at San Marcos University.


Soon after its founding and during the next following forty plus years Cayetano Heredia University became a significant center of higher learning and scientific research in Peru. UPCH is credited to be responsible -together with San Marcos University- for most of the world-quality research production in the area of health sciences in Peru.

It is a rather small school that focuses on the disciplines of Medicine, Dentistry, Natural Sciences, Public Health, Veterinary, Nursing, Psychology and Education. It grants baccalaureate degrees as well as advanced Master and doctoral degrees in biochemistry, biotechnology, medicine, biology, etc.


Cayetano Heredia University has established numerous agreements and collaborative arrangements with leading institutions from all over the world, including the Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, University of California San Diego, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium, among others.

The Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt (Tropical Medicine Institute) is among the top research institutions in tropical medicine in Latin America, with ongoing investigations in tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, malaria and HIV, both in its site in Lima and in several field sites such as Iquitos, Cuzco and La Merced. The institute is also internationally recognized for the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine [*], given jointly with UAB.

The Instituto de Investigaciones de la Altura ( High Altitude Research Institute) is also known for its contribution to the understanding of high altitude physiology and the pathophysiology of acute and chronic high altitude sickness.


The Logo of Cayetano Heredia is a yellow shield with the words "Spiritus ubi vult spirat" on the sides. In the middle, theres a flame with a serpent around it.


The university is governed by:

A rector

Three vice-rectors

The university assembly (composed of professors and students).

The original faculties at Cayetano Heredia were Medicine (Alberto Hurtado Faculty of Medicine) and Philosophy and Sciences. Later on, it included the faculties of Veterinary, Public Health, Odontology and Psychology.

Famous UPCH alumni

Thomas Kirchhausen - Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Researcher at Harvard University

Carlos Bustamante

Ernesto Freire

Maria C. Freire

External links

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia official website

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