Necker University Hospital (Hôpital Universitaire Necker – Enfants Malades) is a pediatric referral hospital in France. It is part of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP)— Great Paris University Hospitals —, the coordination and administration center for all public hospitals in the Paris area.

Since its foundation in 1802, Necker Hospital has been dedicated to providing health care services for children and their families. Necker Hospital currently offers all medical and surgical specialties for children, as well as a selection of specialized health care services for adults.

Within its facilities, Necker Hospital employs more than 4,300 medical professionals and specialists, including 1,000 physicians, 2,549 medical staff members, 438 administrative staff members, and 161 medical technicians, all of whom cooperate to provide outstanding comprehensive care to the population of Paris. Its medical teams have continuously offered high-quality approaches to care and supported synergy between technical facilities, research units, and clinical trial units. Necker Hospital also houses more than 400 hospital beds reserved for pediatric care and more than 200 beds for adults receiving specialized care.

In February 2013, Necker Hospital opened its new Mother–Child Laennec Medical Division, which covers nearly 50,000 m2 and hosts pediatric surgery, pediatric reanimation, emergency care, pediatric imaging, and cardiological, nephrological, gastroenterological, maternity, and neonatal care.

National and International certifications:

Necker Hospital has received numerous awards and has been recognized over the years for excellence in patient care. It was most recently certified in 2013 by the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS), the French National Authority for Health.

  • HAS V2010 Certification (December 2013):

National ranking

One of France’s Top Hospitals IN PEDIATRICS

In the latest rankings of French Hospitals by the ‘Le Point’ magazine, the most important independent classification of Private and Public Health care institutions in France,  Hôpital Necker was ranked in the top 50 hospitals in the country. It was also ranked highly in the following areas on a national base:

Treatments for the cancers:

  • Bone cancer surgery (7)
  • Brain Tumour (12)


  • Strabismus (10)

Bone and joint surgery:

  • Ankle surgery (22)

Urology / Gynecology:

  • Testicle surgery (11)


  • Back surgery (13)
  • Epilepsy (24)

Head & neck:

  • Tonsil (1)
  • Hearing (1)
  • Head trauma (2)
  • Nose and sinus surgery (9)
  • Trauma of the face (18)

Traveler’s diseases:

  • Infectious diseases (9)

Other medical specialities

  • Pediatrics (1)

source: the leading French weekly newsmagazine Le Point’s “2017 FRENCH BEST PRIVATE HOSPITALS” (Le Point’s hospital ranking is an established and influential one and presents an annual report of France’s hospitals and health care providers.)


Necker Hospital’s health care offerings are organized in nine primary medical divisions specializing in the management and treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases, pathologies, and impairments in both children and adults. Some of its care excellences include pediatrics surgery, pediatric oncology and spine surgery.

  • General and Multidisciplinary Pediatrics
  • Medical and Surgical Pediatrics
  • Perinatology and Pediatric Cardiology
  • Imaging
  • Biology and Health Products
  • Hematology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases (H2I)
  • Reanimation, Emergency Care, and Anesthesia
  • Kidney, Eye, and Heart Care
  • Public Health and Clinical Research

General and Multidisciplinary Pediatrics covers an array of pathologies and diseases of general pediatrics, pneumo-allergology, dermatology, neurology, and pediatric and gynecological endocrinology of children and adolescents.


The Medical and Surgical Pediatrics Division is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and expert surgical and medical treatments for nephrology, nutrition and pediatric gastroenterology, ENT (i.e., otolaryngology), neurosurgery, stomatology, and maxillo-facial surgery.


The Perinatology and Pediatric Cardiology Division provides general and specialized surgical services to infants, children, and adolescents in a wide range of cardiac disciplines, including pediatric cardiology, neonatal reanimation, pediatric heart surgery, and gynecological obstetrics for children and adolescents.


The Hematology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases Division specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with illnesses affecting the immunological and circulatory systems. It comprises several operative units specialized by discipline, including hematology, infectious diseases, biotherapy, and immuno-hematology.


The Kidney, Eye, and Heart Care Division provides comprehensive care and multidisciplinary medical treatments for pathologies, diseases, and impairments in several body systems. It consists of the Department of Adult Cardiology and Urology, the Department of Medical Ophthalmology, and the Department of Adult Nephrology, Kidney Medical Treatments, and Transplants.

Clinical research spans all health care research in humans. It is separate from experimental research, which occurs at earlier stages, though both remain closely linked in practice.

Paris’s Necker-Cochin Center for Clinic Investigation (CIC) was officially created on January 1, 2009, for clinical research for children and pregnant women. It is part of and works in close collaboration with the Imagine Foundation.

Meanwhile, the Mother–Child CIC works in close collaboration with the Biotherapy CIC, which is dedicated to gene therapies (directed by Dr. Cavazzana–Calvo) and epidemiological research on perinatal and women’s health (directed by Dr. Goffinet), as well as the biostatistics services of the Necker Hospital (directed by Dr. Landais) and Cochin (directed by Dr. Coste) and Hôtel-Dieu (directed by Dr. Ravaud) hospitals.

The center’s research activity is shared with Paris’s Center Descartes Clinical Research Unit (CRU), a structure of the AP-HP’s Clinical Research Department. Approximately 130 professionals and specialists work within the global structure, nearly 30 of whom work specifically for the CIC to help investigators at different phases of their projects. Its entire research section counts nearly 50 research units located in five primary sites, at Necker, Cochin, Cordeliers, Ste Anne, and Georges Pompidou.