Faculty of Medicine


Dean: Dr. Mohammad Reza Mohammadi Fallah(MD, Urologist)

Email: mrmf222tir@msn.com

Homepage: http://faculty.umsu.ac.ir/mohammadifallah


A Brief History:

The Faculty of Medicine at Urmia University of Medical Sciences has a long and proud history of nation-leading research and educational innovation. Our vision is national and international leadership in improving health through innovation in research and education. This inspires our mission of social responsibility by developing leaders, contributing to our communities, and improving the health of individuals and populations through the discovery, application and communication of knowledge. By having a comprehensive number of academic staff in basic as well as clinical sciences, Faculty of Medicine is the main faculty of Urmia University of Medical Sciences. Here is a brief introduction of the departments.


Departments of Basic Medical Sciences

Department of Anatomical Sciences & Legal Medicine

\The department of anatomical sciences located at the very heart of the faculty of medicine. The department has two sub-departments of Anatomical Sciences including anatomy, histology and embryology, and Forensic Medicine (medical jurisprudence) and toxicities.
In addition to giving educational and research services to the students of medicine, the department admits 5 students each year to fulfill its graduate program.  Students and Staff: There are a total of 20 master students.
The professional staff of the faculty includes 2 associate professors, and 4 assistant professors.


Dissecting laboratory
• Laboratory of models of human anatomy
• Laboratory of histology
All of the above mentioned laboratories are used to educate the students of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, paramedical and health sciences, nursing and midwifery.
Scientific Research Groups:
• Nervous System Repairing Research Group
• Stem Cell Therapy Research Group
• Study of Embryological Effects of Drugs & Agents Research Group
• Teratology and Developmental Research Group
• Infertility, Spontaneous Abortion, Hydrated Form Mole and Apoptosis

Topics for Scientific Research:

• Repairing of nervous system (CNS, PNS) injuries and ischemia disorders by biological materials, nanotechnological materials, nanotechnological methods, and stem cells therapy
• Developmental assay of animal and human fetus, and the study on the effects of drugs and agents on them
• Wound healing by stem cells its therapy
• Ovarian graft
• Teratology and survey of embryonic abnormality
• Study of development of neural tube
Address: Department of Anatomical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nazlou Campus, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, I.R.IRAN
Tel: +9844-32770698
Fax: +9844-32780803
Web: http://med.umsu.ac.ir/
Email: academic.relations@umsu.ac.ir

Joseph Plumb Cochran 

Department of Clinical Biochemistry

Biochemistry, sometimes called biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. Biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life. It is assumed now that almost all areas of the life sciences from botany to medicine are engaged in biochemical research. The main focus of pure biochemistry is in understanding how biological molecules give rise to the processes that occur within living cells, which in turn relates greatly to the study and understanding of whole organisms. Biochemistry deals with the structures, functions, and interactions of biological macromolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids which provide the structure of cells and perform many of the functions associated with life. The chemistry of the cell also depends on the reactions of smaller molecules and ions and these can be inorganic or organic. The mechanisms by which cells harness energy from their environment via chemical reactions are known as metabolism. The findings of biochemistry are applied primarily in medicine and nutrition. In medicine, biochemists investigate the causes and cures of diseases. In nutrition, they study how to maintain healthy and study the effects of nutritional deficiencies.

Students and Staff:

In addition to educating students in different fields of study such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Laboratory Sciences, the department has 22 master students. The department has also 4 PhD students.
The professional staff of the faculty includes 2 professors, 1 associate professor, 1 assistant professor, and 2 lecturers.


• Student General Lab
• Postgraduate Lab
• Endocrinology Research Lab
• Enzyme and Protein Lab
• Molecular Research Lab
• Diagnostic Section
Scientific Research Centers:
• Molecular Research Lab
Topics for Scientific Research:
• Oxidative Stress
• Cancer Research
• Protein and Enzymology
• Diabetes
• Genotyping in Viruses

Some Services of Clinical Biochemistry

Routine Tests
Most tests that are required urgently are performed, continuously, with short turnaround time, on automated, high volume rapid analyzers. These include, but are not limited to glucose, BUN, electrolytes, Ca, P, liver function tests, cardiac markers, CSF glucose and protein, and measurement of drugs frequently involved in poisonings as well as commonly monitored therapeutic drugs. Specialized Tests The laboratory performs a wide variety of highly specialized assays. While many of these are performed routinely, some less frequently requested tests are done on scheduled programs. However, exceptions are made, following consultation, when required for optimal patient care. Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Assays are performed for monitoring therapy with various antiepileptic, cardiac chemotherapeutic, and immunosuppressive drug, and for evaluating suspected poisonings. Assays are available for different pharmacological agents. Endocrinology Most tests of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pituitary and gonadal function are available on site and are performed using highly specific immunoassays. Tests for the evaluation of adrenal medullary tumors, and neural crest tumors are performed using state of the art HPLC procedures. Other Specialized Assays Highly sensitive whole blood lead assays to diagnose acute toxicity as well as chronic lead exposure are performed using atomic absorption spectrometry. To assist with acute obstetrical management, fetal fibrinectin and amniotic fluid lecithin: sphingomyelin (L/S) ratio assays are available at all times.


Address: Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Nazlou Campus, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, I.R.IRAN
Tel: +9844-32770698
Fax: +9844-32780803

Web: http://med.umsu.ac.ir/
Email: academic.relations@umsu.ac.ir


Department of Community and Preventive Medicine

Department of Community and Preventive Medicine is an interdisciplinary department at school of medicine. We have five faculty members to fulfill the mission of our department. The mission of community and preventive medicine department is to train medical students in order to improve the health of communities including rural and urban areas. Our patients are both individual and communities. Medical students are provided 10 credit courses at our department and 7 internship credits as office base learning that refine their interpersonal skills and develop an environment of trust and empathy with patients to facilitate sharing personal information including cultural competencies and at risk behaviors. Students also develop high rank of critical thinking and problem solving to plan the priority of health needs in the community. The mission of community and preventive medicine will be achieved through:

• Recruiting and training medical students at health care center as a real setting in their future careers
• Strengthening medical students' interest in and commitment to serving urban and rural population
• Collaborating with colleagues, communities and academic institutions or research centers
• Strengthening the capacity of physicians to enhance the health of the public through skill development and health education
• Pursuing high quality research to strengthen public health knowledge and also interventions to promote health care services
• Providing methodological expertise, collaboration and education in the design, implementation, analysis, and application of basic and clinical research


Department of Medical Microbiology, Bacteriology, and Virology

Bacterial and Viral infections remain as the important causes of human morbidity and mortality all over the world. The mission of the department is to train and educate Bacteriology and virology to Medical, Dentistry, Pharmacy as well as Paramedical, Midwifery, Health and Nursing students at graduate and post graduate levels. Also a major goal of the Department is to train the next generation of research scientists. So, members of this Department also carry out high quality researches on the biology, genetics, drug resistance, transmission, immunology and pathogenesis of bacteria as well as viruses with emphasis on problems relevant to human health and diseases. Research in the virology lab includes medical and molecular virology studies especially on hepatitis B, hepatitis C, BK, JC and Cytomegaloviruses. Some of our research fields in bacteriology are Genetic basis of resistance mechanisms of bacteria to antimicrobial agents including antibiotics, epidemiology of bacterial infections and developing of a new generation of vaccines. Our faculty also study many areas of immunology and genetics particularly as it relates to infection, including detection of resistance encoding genes and vaccine development.

• Department's post graduate students:
There are approximately 10 post graduate students in the Department of Microbiology, that are studying in M.SC., level at the department. Their field of study is Medical Microbiology and they are accepted during two periods of study. The Department of Microbiology in the Urmia University of medical Sciences is in a beautiful and historic area in West Azerbaijan, Iran. Join us for the opportunities for M.Sc. and research courses in a pleasant environment.



• General Bacteriology & Molecular Virology
• Research Bacteriology

Topics for Scientific Research:

• Statistical methods for health data analysis
• Epidemiology methods for health data
Faculty Members of the Department of Microbiology:

Our department has 6 faculty members:

Dr. Nima Hosseini Jazani
Professor of Medical Bacteriology

Ph.D In Medical Microbiology. Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran (2003).
M.Sc in Medical Bacteriology. Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. 1994. Isfahan, Iran.

Research interests:
Herbal antimicrobial agents
New generations of vaccines
Antibiotic resistance of Bacteria
Email: n_jazani@yahoo.com


Dr. Morteza Motazakker

Associate Professor of Medical Virology
1379-1384: Ph.D. In virology at University of Glasgow, UK
1364-1371: Medicine Degree, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz
Research interests:
Hepatitis C virus in both molecular and clinical aspects
Email: Motazakker@yahoo.com

Dr. Saber Yosefee

Assistant Professor of Medical Bacteriology
Ph.D in Bacteriology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences 2005-2010
M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences 2003-2005.

Research interests:
Detection of Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in molecular level
Molecular detection of pathogenic bacteria
Class 1integron and imipenem resistance in clinical isolates
Email: saber84@gmail.com

 Dr. Yaeghob Sharifi

Assistant Professor of Medical Bacteriology
M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences 2003-2005.
Ph.D in Bacteriology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences 2007-2011.
Research interests:
Virulence and antimicrobial resistance in Bacteria
Molecular Biology of pathogenic bacteria
Email: ya.sharifi@gmail.com

Dr. Lida Lotfollahi Haghi

Assistant Professor of Medical Bacteriology
MD, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, 1994- 2001
Ph.D in Medical Bacteriology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, 2004-2011
Research interests:
Virulence studies and typing of Listeria monocytogenes
Nosocomial infections in clinical wards
Email: liphd83@yahoo.com


Mr. Homayoun Babazade

Lecturer of Medical Bacteriology in Bacteriology Lab
MS.C of Microbiology, Hefzasahyeh, Ankara, Turkey
Email: Babazadeh@umsu.ac.ir


Department of Nutrition Sciences

All programs in the Department of Nutritional Sciences strive to train students to become leaders in nutrition who are able to integrate the span of knowledge from molecules to organisms to populations with the goal of improving human health.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers a breadth of educational, research, and experiential opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that provide them with the foundational knowledge and skills to pursue careers in research, pre-professional, industry, food systems management, and community settings.
Students and Staff:
In addition to teaching nutrition sciences to the students in different branches of medical sciences, the department has 23 master students.
The professional staff of the faculty in
cludes 3 assistant professors, and 1 lecturer.
• Nutrition Sciences Laboratory

Topics for Scientific Research:
• Nutrition epidemiology
• Clinical nutrition


Department of Parasitology and Mycology

The mission of the department is to train and educate Parasitology and Mycology to Medical, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Paramedical, Midwifery, Health and Nursing students at graduate and post graduate levels. Also a major goal of the Department is to educate and train the future generation of young researchers. Therefore, academic members of this department work in the fields including epidemiology of parasite diseases and developing of new vaccines in Malaria, Cutaneous Leishmaniasis and Toxoplasmosis. Some of our researchers in Mycology Department are engaged in medical mycology researches, Molecular Identification and Diagnosis, Drug Resistance and Molecular epidemiology in Mycology.
The department is as old as the school of medicine; it is very engaged in research and teaching to the students of medicine and paramedical sciences.
• Student and staff:
There are a total of 22 master students in parasitology and mycology.
• Parasitology Laboratory
• Laboratory of Parasitology Research
• Laboratory of Molecular, Prasitology, and Mycology Research
• The Mycology Laboratory
• Laboratory of Entomology and Insectarium
• Laboratory for Clinical Mycology

Academic Members of the Department of Parasitology & Mycology:

Dr. Khosrow Hazrati Tappeh

Professor of Medical Parasitology
PhD in Medical Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey(1992-1996)
Email: hazrati_tappeh@yahoo.co.nz

Dr. Habib Mohammadzadeh

Assistant Professor of Medical Parasitology
PhD in Medical Parasitology, School of Public Health , Tehran University of Medical Sciences (1999-2005)
Email: habibmhaji@yahoo.com

Dr.Kambiz Diba

Associate Professor of Medical Mycology
PhD in Medical Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (2002-2007)
Email: kambiz37diba@gmail.com


Department of Genetics

Genetics has been known as the science of genes, heredity and variation in living cells. Genetics studies the inheritance from parents to offspring, including the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behavior in the living organisms, gene distribution, variation and changes in populations. The mission of the department is to train and educate Genetics and Molecular Biology to Medical, Dentistry, Pharmacy as well as Paramedical, Midwifery, Nursing, Parasitology, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology students at graduate and post graduate levels. Members of the Department also carry out high quality researches on genetics. Current interests include: mutations in the Methylenete trahydrofolate reductase gene in patients with recurrent abortion, polymorphisms of the angiotensin converting enzyme gene, genetics of maternal diabetes syndrome, investigation of micro RNA in cancer, and gene therapy in cancer.

Faculty Members of the Department of Genetics:
Our Department has 2 faculty members:

Dr. Isa Abdi Rad (MD, PhD)

Professor of Genetics
Education: Ph.D in Medical Genetics. The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England,
United Kingdom, 2002
Neurogenetics fellowship, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England, 2003

Research interests:
Molecular Diagnosis of Genetic Diseases
Mutations in the Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene
Polymorphisms of critical enzyme genes
Email: Isaabdirad@umsu.ac.ir

Dr. Fatemeh Mansouriِ

Assistant Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology
Ph.D. In Molecular genetics, Islamic Azad University of Tehran, Iran 2011
M.Sc. In Molecular Genetics, Islamic Azad University of Tehran, Iran 2005

Research interests:
Investigation of micro RNA in Cancer
Gene therapy in Cancer
Email: mansouri1600@hotmail.com

Joint Research Project with Charite University, Germany
• Linkage study towards elucidation of the genetic defect underlying Moebius syndrome with Professor Markus Schuelke-Gerstenfeld
Genetic Clinics and Counseling
Genetic Counseling is a scientific evaluation of the risk factors in patients regarding their family history or a pregnancy. So the aim of genetic counseling is risk assessment, explain inheritance causes of a disorder, testing, prognosis, management and pre-treatment or treatment of the situation. Genetic counseling takes half an hour or more depending on the complexity of the case. In Genetic Counseling in our department, patients or their relatives who are at risk of an inherited disorder are assessed in order to determining the possibility of happening or transmitting it, so they can find a way in order to managing or curing the disorder before being late. The clinic is able to provide both diagnostic and supportive services both for patients and their relatives.
Some Services of the Clinic:
• Premarital counseling
• Prenatal counseling and control of pregnancy
• Counseling in infertility, recurrent miscarriages and Stillbirths
• Giving advises about hereditary and congenital diseases
• Giving advises about physical and mental disabilities
• Counseling on detection of hereditary cancers and Leukemia
• Detection of chromosomal abnormalities
• Peripheral blood karyotype testing for recurrent spontaneous abortions or suspected chromosomal abnormalities
• Sex determination
• Sexual anomaly detections
• Molecular tests for detection of blood factors deficiencies
• Molecular tests for the diagnosis of Familial Mediterranean Fever, Henoch-Schönlein purpura, spinal muscolar atrophia, muscular dystrophy, Duchenne type and Becker


Department of Physiology

Physiology is the study of how the body works in normal conditions. The systems of the body -including the cardiovascular, respiratory, neural, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems -are examined using approaches ranging from molecular and cellular to whole-organism levels. Physiology is the integrative study of cellular and whole-body function, and is the pivotal discipline linking other basic biomedical sciences on the one hand with experimental and clinical medicine on the other. We are a teaching and research department focusing on advanced studies in cardiovascular physiology, cellular and systems neurophysiology, cellular and molecular physiology, endocrinology, fetal/neonatal physiology, membrane biophysics and transport physiology, renal physiology, respiratory physiology, and the interfaces between these fields. The Department of Physiology is part of the Faculty of Medicine at Urmia University of Medical Sciences. It offers the courses and programs of study for undergraduate, graduate, dentistry, pharmacy, and medical students.

Students and Staff:
There are 18 master students in our department.
The professional staff of the faculty includes 1 professor, 4 associate professors, and 2 assistant professors.
• Electrophysiology Invitro, Invivo
• Cardio Vascular
• Cellular and Molecular
Scientific Research Groups:
• Epilepsy, Stress and Addiction Group
• Cell Culture Group
• Cardio Vascular Group
• Oxidative Stress Group
Topics for Scientific Research:
• Effect of prenatal stress on seizer, addiction, and learning
• Role of mast cells in seizer, blood present
• Effect of antioxidants in diabetes and cardio vascular


Medical Physics Department

The Medical Physics Department has an extremely varied discipline with a wide range of applications concerned with technology in medicine. The department deals with its various duties in academic education, research works in faculty of medicine and radiation health in West Azerbaijan province. At present we have master degree students and so many of the research projects are in the field of medical image analysis, radiotherapy, radiobiology, photobiology, protection and dosimetry, nuclear medicine. The projects arise directly from exciting developments in the clinical diagnosis and treatment services and we aim to select these where possible.
In the near future, we hope to have PhD students to make contract research work with Bio medical industries.

Students and Staff:
There are 14 master students.
The professional staff of the faculty includes 1 associate professor, and 3 assistant professors.
• Medical Physics Research Lab
• Radiotherapy with coro-experience lab



Faculty of Medicine: Clinical Departments

Department of General Surgery including

• Thoracic Surgery
• Abdominal Surgery
• Laparoscopic Surgery
• The Burn and Plastic Surgery
• General Surgery
The Division of General Surgery is to provide the highest quality patient care, cutting edge research, and an outstanding education to medical students and General Surgery Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs. These sections encompass all the major components of General Surgery and allow the faculty to care for patients across a broad spectrum of complex surgical interventions.


Department of Internal Medicine including

• Gastroenterology
• Nephrology
• Oncology
• Pulmonology
• Rheumatology
• Endocrinology
The Department of Internal Medicine has been committed to excellence in teaching, research and patient care. We provide Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs. Our vision is to be one of the elite Departments of Medicine in the nation by fulfilling a comprehensive academic mission; developing new leaders in Internal Medicine; and improving the health and healthcare by providing safe high quality care.


Department of Urology including

• Kidney Transplantation
• General Urology
• Endourology
• Urologic Oncology
• Pediatric Urology
The Department of Urology provides expertise and surgical treatment for urinary disorders of the male and female urinary tracts, as well as conditions of the male genital tract or reproductive system. We provide Residency and Subspecialty Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs. Our urology specialists work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that include both medical and surgical approaches to a wide range of urological problems and we aim to give our patients the most complete care available and allows for the best possible outcomes


Department of Pediatrics including

• Neonatology
• Pediatric Cardiology
• Pediatric Endocrinology
• Pediatric Gastroenterology
• Pediatric Infectious Disease
• Pediatric Nephrology
• Pediatric Neurology
• Pediatric Oncology
The Department of Pediatrics promotes the health of children with a balanced program that seeks new knowledge through research, provides outstanding educational opportunities, delivers high quality comprehensive clinical care and service, advocates vigorously for children and adolescents, and is responsive to the changing needs of our community and society. We provide Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs.


Department of Cardiology including

• Interventional Cardiology
• Cardiac Surgery
• Echocardiography
• Cardiac Electrophysiology
The Department of Cardiology provides a broad range of services in the diagnosis and management of heart disease. The department comprises a strong team of doctors from various cardiac subspecialties to treat all types of heart disease. We provide Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs.

Department of ENT

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery provides a full range of medical and surgical services for pediatric and adult patients with head and neck disorders and diseases investigating and improving patient care through our basic, clinical and translational research efforts and educating tomorrow's physicians.


Department of Ophthalmology including

• Cornea Diseases
The Department of Ophthalmology uses a multidisciplinary approach when caring for the eye problems of our patients. We offer a full range of ophthalmic services including expertise in cornea and external disease, cataracts, eye infections, glaucoma, contact lenses, refractive surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology.


Department of Anesthesiology including

• Neurosurgery Anesthesia
• Cardial Anesthesiology
• Pain Control/Management
The Department of Anesthesiology is to educate physicians in the fundamentals of anesthesia and its related disciplines. We aim to graduate broadly educated, well-rounded practitioners with the abilities and resources to perform with confidence any aspect of anesthetic practice. We provide Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs.


Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology is dedicated to understanding the basis of disease, to teach knowledge to others, and to apply our understanding to improve medical diagnoses and treatment of patients. It offers postgraduate training in anatomic and clinical pathology, in clinical pathology only or anatomic pathology only. We provide Residency Programs.

Department of Infectious Diseases

The goals of Infectious Diseases Department are to provide excellent clinical care, educate the next generation of academic Infectious Disease specialists, and make seminal research discoveries as they relate to the broad and dynamic field of infectious diseases. We have a long tradition of excellence in research in infectious diseases in both laboratory based and clinical/translational research.


Department of Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology is dedicated to understanding and managing all aspects of skin and its diseases. Dermatologic health care treatment and services are provided at advanced facilities both on campus and at sites in surrounding communities.

Department of Gynecology including

• Oncology
• Infertility and IVF
• Prenatology
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is recognized internationally for excellence in clinical care, medical education and research. Our physicians and staff provide world-class expertise in the specialty and sub-specialties of obstetrics and gynecology. We provide Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship programs.

Department of Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine treat the full spectrum of patients, with our innovative, collaborative and compassionate care. Emergency medicine plays a pivotal role in the health care system, medical education and discovery.


Department of Orthopedics including

• Hand Surgery
• Knee Surgery
• Spine Surgery
The Department of Orthopedics is dedicated to relieving pain, improving function and restoring quality of life to the individuals who suffer from musculoskeletal injury or disease. We provide state-of-the-art clinical and surgical orthopedic patient-centered care with continuous orthopedic education and development of better treatments through research and innovation. Our vision is to be a coordinated and supportive team of respected orthopedic leaders focused on teaching, learning and exchanging innovative ideas to provide and improve value-driven, ethical, patient-centered care. The department provides Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs.


Department of Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurological Surgery is home to leading physicians and scientists dedicated to treating patients with neurosurgical disorders and to the search for better therapies and cures providing a full range of neurosurgical subspecialty care. We provide Residency Programs. The faculty members have passed fellowship and subspecialty programs.


Department of Neurology

The Department of Neurology is committed to the conquest of neurological diseases through specialized patient care, innovative research and the education of tomorrow's physicians. Our department provides comprehensive primary and tertiary neurologic care, as well as both inpatient and outpatient neurologic consultation.


Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to academic excellence, relevant collaborative research and compassionate behavioral and mental health care. We are teachers, researchers and clinicians. We train future psychiatrists, explore new ideas, map genomes, develop innovative therapies, create new drugs, study spectacular brain images and pioneer new treatments all with the goal of advancing mental health care to give our patients healthier minds and better lives.