USC Hospitals Ranked Among Top National Hospitals in 10 Specialty Areas

USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital placed among the best hospitals in the nation in the 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report magazine’s rankings of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

USC-affiliated Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center also was ranked. Keck School of Medicine of USC-affiliated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), staffed exclusively by USC faculty physicians, was named earlier this year to the magazine’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll.

The latest rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area. USC University Hospital ranked in eight specialty areas, up two specialty areas from last year. The new specialty areas include:

•   48th in gastroenterology
•   30th in geriatrics

Other specialty areas include:
•   34th in gynecology
•   25th in neurology and neurosurgery
•   Ninth in ophthalmology (USC Department of Ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute)
•   24th in orthopedics
•   32nd in pulmonology
•   18th in urology

This year, only 140 of the 4,825 hospitals that U.S. News evaluated performed well enough to rank in even one specialty.

USC University Hospital was also ranked as “high performing” in two specialty areas in the U.S News & World Report metro area rankings for hospitals: Ear, nose and throat, and nephrology.

USC Norris Cancer Hospital ranked 48th among cancer hospitals and as “high performing” in nephrology in the Metro Area rankings.

Rancho Los Amigos ranked 18th in rehabilitation.

“We are proud to be included among the nation’s top hospitals in this annual ranking,” said Mitch Creem, CEO of USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. “These rankings are a testament to the compassion, dedication and professionalism exhibited by our staff and faculty physicians, every day.”

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the only California hospital named to the magazine’s national Honor Roll of children’s hospitals.

“These rankings of our hospitals are a nod to the daily commitment to excellence by Keck School faculty physicians, nurses and hospital staff,” said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A. “We’re pleased for all of our faculty honored by these rankings.”

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings, also known as the metro area rankings, complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

This year, U.S. News & World Report will simultaneously issue an online directory of the annual Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” list. A roster of USC University Hospital, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and Children’s Hospital doctors on the current Top Doctors list follows.

To be considered for the rankings, a hospital must be a teaching hospital, be affiliated with a medical school, have at least 200 beds, or have at least 100 beds and at least four of eight key medical technologies available, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precise radiation therapies.

Hospitals also must meet a volume requirement—a minimum number of Medicare inpatients, different in each specialty, who were discharged in 2007, 2008 and 2009, based on a defined set of specialty-related procedures and conditions.  Each hospital received a U.S. News score from 0 to 100 based on four basic elements: reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

In four specialties—including ophthalmology and rehabilitation—ranking is based solely on reputation, derived from physician surveys.

The full list of hospital rankings and methodology is also available online at The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale Aug. 30.

Top Doctors
Compiled by Castle Connolly

Allan Abbott, Family Medicine
Robert Adler, Pediatrics
Arun Amar, Neurology
Michael Apuzzo, Neurosurgery
Daniel Arkfeld, Rheumatology
Richard Barbers, Pulmonology
Ron Ben-Ari, Internal Medicine
Eyal Ben-Isaac, Pediatrics
Richard Bennett, Dermatology
Richard Boles, Clinical Genetics
Mark Borchert, Ophthalmology
Stuart Boyd, Urology
Derald Brackmann, Otolaryngology
John Brodhead, Internal Medicine
Vito Campese, Nephrology
Richard Chambers, Orthopedics
Thomas Chen, Neurosurgery
Lawrence Chong, Ophthalmology
Helena Chui, Neurology and Gerontology
Joseph Church, Pediatric Immunology
Leonardo Clavijo, Cardiology
Joseph Church, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Robbin Cohen, Thoracic Surgery
Peter Conti, Radiology
Edward Crandall, Pulmonology
Peter Crookes, Surgery
Siamak Daneshmand, Urology
Tom DeMeester, Surgery
Louis Dubeau, Pathology
Glenn Ehresmann, Rheumatology
Neal Elattrache, Orthopedics
William King Engel, Neurology
Donald Feinstein, Hematology
Richard Feuille, Jr., Pediatrics
Walter Fierson, Ophthalmology
Jonathan Finlay, Pediatrics
Henri Ford, Pediatric Surgery
Warren Garner, Plastic Surgery
Mitchell Geffner, Pediatric Endocrinology
Kenneth Geller, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Stephen Giannotta, Neurosurgery
Inderbir Gill, Urology
Vicente Gilsanz, Diagnostic Radiology
David Ginsberg, Urology
John Gross, Surgery
Carl Grushkin, Pediatric Nephrology
Jeffrey Hagen, Surgery
Robert Hartman, Dermatology
George Hatch, Orthopedics
Christianne Heck, Neurology
John Hsu, Orthopedics
Mark Humayun, Ophthalmology
John Irvine, Ophthalmology
Neena Kapoor, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Gary Kanel, Pathology
Francine Kaufman, Pediatric Endocrinology
Thomas Keens, Pediatric Pulmonology
Michael Koss, Pathology
Loren Laine, Gastroenterology
Donald Larsen, Neurosurgery and Radiology
Heinz-Josef Lenz, Oncology (Gastrointestinal Cancer)
Mark Lew, Neurology
Gary Lieskovsky, Urology
Mark Liker, Neurosurgery
Charles Liu, Neurosurgery
Donald Longjohn, Orthopedics
Dennis Maceri, Otolaryngology
Richard Mackenzie, Adolescent Medicine
Sue Ellen Martin, Pathology
Wilbert Mason, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Michael McFadden, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Wendy Mitchell, Pediatric Neurology
Ann Mohrbacher, Hematology
A. Linn Murphree, Ophthalmology
Daniel Oakes, Orthopedics
David Quinn, Medical Oncology
Richard Panush, Rheumatology
Robertson Parkman, Pediatric Immunology
Michael Patzakis, Orthopedics
Arnold Platzker, Pediatric Pulmonology
David Polk, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Carmen Puliafito, Ophthalmology
Linda Randolph, Clinical Genetics
Rangasamy Ramanathan, Neonatology
Narsing Rao, Ophthalmology
Dale Rice, Otolaryngology
Steven Richeimer, Pain Management
Lawrence Ross, Pediatrics
Tena Rosser, Pediatric Neurology
Vincent Rowe, Surgery
Bruce Runyon, Gastroenterology
Christy Russell, Oncology (Breast Cancer)
Srinivas Sadda, Ophthalmology
Alfredo Sadun, Ophthalmology
Janet Salomonson, Surgery
Joshua Sapkin, Internal Medicine
David Sawcer, Dermatology
Pamela Schaff, Pediatrics
Robert Selby, Transplant Surgery
Anthony Senagore, Surgery
Stephen Sener, Surgical Oncology
Neda Shamie, Opthalmology
Om Sharma, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Neil Sherman, Surgery
Michael Siegel, Nuclear Medicine
Stuart Siegel, Hematology-Oncology
Frank Sinatra, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Peter Singer, Endocrinology
Uttam Sinha, Otolaryngology
Eila Skinner, Urology
Ronald Smith, Ophthalmology
Rebecca Sokol, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Vaughn Starnes, Thoracic Surgery
James Stein, Pediatric Surgery
Maureen Strohm, Family Medicine
Daniel Thomas, Pediatrics
David Thordarson, Orthopedics
James Tibone, Orthopedics
Vernon Tolo, Orthopedics
Debasish Tripathy, Medical Oncology
Carleton Thomas Vangsness, Orthopedics
Timothy Triche, Pathology
Susan Turkel, Pediatric Psychiatry
Mark Urata, Surgery
Alan Waxman, Radiology
Fred Weaver, Surgery
Winfield Wells, Thoracic Surgery
Leslie Weiner, Neurology, Microbiology and Immunology
Ilene Weitz, Hematology
Sharon Winer, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Donald Wiss, Orthopedic Surgery
David Woodley, Dermatology
Nancy Zimble, Pediatrics

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