Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli

The Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, one of the world leading institutions in the field of orthopedics and traumatology, "was founded at the end of the XIX century by the famous Bolognese surgeon, Francesco Rizzoli, who bought the convent and the hill of San Michele in Bosco. He left it in his will to the Province of Bologna to be used as an orthopedic hospital. It was opened in 1896 and soon became one of the best orthopedic hospitals in the world due to its size, equipment, organization, research and teaching. This fame was above all due to Alessandro Codivilla and Vittorio Putti, the first directors who set up a prestigious school of orthopedics for numerous Italian and South American pupils"1.


The oldest part of the hospital is set in a monastic monumental complex of great artistic value and contains many objects, works of art and monuments of medical historical interest. Among them:


- AA.VV., La chirurgia degli organi di movimento: Fascicolo speciale per il 70┬░ anniversario della fondazione dell'Istituo Ortopedico Rizzoli (a cura di V.Benassi), Cappelli Editore, Bologna 1967, pp. 83

- A.Cioni, A.M.Bertoli Barsotti (eds.), The Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in San Michele in Bosco. The Artistic Heritage of the Monastery and the Historical Events of One Hundred Years of Orthopedic Surgery, I.O.R., Bologna 1996, pp. 287

- Tomba P, Vigan├▓ A, Menarini C, Picci P., From a 16th century monastery to a 21st century orthopaedic hospital. BMJ. 2006 Dec 23;333 (7582):1328-30

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