Who are we?
Idealized by Prof. F. E. Godoy Moreira, Honorary Professor in Orthopedics and Traumatology of the Medical School of the University of São Paulo, the Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of the Clinical Hospital of the Medical School of the University of São Paulo carries the name of its founder: Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology F. E. Godoy Moreira.
In the beginning of the 50s, São Paulo was experiencing an Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis (Childhood Paralysis) epidemic. It was up to the government of the State of São Paulo, with dole from the Federal Government, to construct and inaugurate today’s Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology on the 31st of July, 1953, integrating the Clinical Hospital complex (ComplexoHospital das Clínicas).
The new institute had to receive the cases of acute anterior poliomyelitis in the respiratory failure phase. It had all the necessary infrastructure for this. The patients suspected to have this clinical condition were examined and assessed by orthopedists. IOT’s emergency room once had 120 patients admitted with the requirement of constant respiratory assistance.
Today, IOT has two buildings: the first with 10 floors and the second with 4, totaling an area of 25.000 m². Both buildings are destined for treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. IOT still has 7 specialty laboratories and a clinical body with about 160 doctors, orthopedists, residents in orthopedists and anesthesiologists. This group also comprises geriatricians, physiatrician, thoracic and plastics surgeons, urologists and cardiologists who also support the patients undergoing orthopedic treatment.
As one of HC’s institutes, IOT is currently administered by the Secretary of Health for the State of São Paulo. By law, private and health plan patients (maximum of 20%) can be admitted and there is an exclusive floor with resources of a private hospital for this purpose.
Scientifically and academically, IOT is administered by the University of São Paulo, through the Orthopedics and Traumatology Department of FMUSP. It is involved with teaching, in the undergraduate, residence and postgraduate levels, training masters and doctors and offering weekly specialization courses which are open to orthopedists and interested professionals.
IOT has been a pioneer in various areas and characterizes itself by credibility in attending the population. It is among the largest hospitals of Orthopedics and Traumatology in Latin America and one of the main Research Centers in Brazil.