Cochin worldwide

The Cochin hospital department of urology has developed numerous international collaborations in the fields of healthcare, research, and teaching.

We have established collaborations on every continent:


In Europe, it is mainly scientific and academic collaborations, through the European Association of Urology. We participate in many multi-centric clinical research protocols, in conjunction with German, English, Austrian, Italian, and English departments of urology. We regularly host students and interns from these various countries within the framework of training programmes.

We also participate in a laparoscopic surgery teaching programme at the Sechenov University in Moscow.

The United States

In the United States, we have also developed several scientific collaborations, allowing our department to participate in large international studies, in particular in the field of oncology and benign prostatic hyperplasia.


In Asia, our team is also very present: in 2005, a Franco-Chinese Department of Urology in Shanghai-East hospital, was created under the supervision of Professor Bernard DEBRÉ, our previous head of department. We regularly ensure humanitarian missions in several Chinese provinces, and have established a medical learning progamme at the university of Tongji in Shanghai. This healthcare, teaching, and research collaboration extends to other universities, such as Pekin and Nanchang. We have also established a partnership with the medical university in Hong-Kong, in the form of academic exchanges during Asian conferences.


In Africa, we lead different healthcare and educational missions, in particular in the field of oncology and minimally-invasive surgical techniques. This is the case with Avicenne Hospital in Marrakesh (Morocco), the faculty of medicine in Alger (Algeria), the Abidjan university hospital (Ivory Coast) and the Lomé University Hospital (Togo).

These different connections made around the world enable us to enrich our research activities, to remain at the forefront of medical knowledge and new technologies, and to contribute to the improvement of practices in certain less-advanced countries.