“Top hospitals” for cancer and for urology


The U.S. News and World Report has issued its regular list of “top hospitals” around the nation for 2011/12. The true value of these lists is always a matter for much discussion, since they are based on surveys of the opinions of somewhat less than 10,000 specialists and on data from nearly 5,000 hospitals that includes death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation.

Having said that, it doesn’t hurt the average prostate cancer patient to be aware of which hospitals have the highest rankings in two key areas: urology and cancer.

On the other hand, don’t treat these lists as some forms of absolute gospel truth because the care you will get as an individual will depend, not on the institution you go to, but on the skill, expertise, and degree of focus of the physicians that you see

So, with that proviso, …

The top 10 US hospitals for urology are listed as follows:

  1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  2. The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  3. The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  4. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  5. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  6. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  7. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York, NY
  8. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  9. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  10. University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

For the complete list of rankings of hospitals in urology, just click here.

The top 10 list of hospitals for cancer are listed below:

  1. University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  2. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  4. The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  5. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MA
  6. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  7. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  9. The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  10. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

For the complete list of rankings of hospitals in cancer, just click here.

One Response

  1. Well, this list is indeed comforting (and timely). I have a consultation scheduled for next week at M. D. Anderson in Houston for prostate cancer treatment. I’m leaning toward proton therapy (PSA 6.8, GS 6, T1c).

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