August 14, 2018
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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked best cancer hospital in country

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has retained its distinction as the No. 1 cancer hospital in the country.

MD Anderson tops U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals rankings for cancer care, released this morning.

This is the fourth straight year — and the 14th time in 17 years — that MD Anderson has ranked first. The institution has finished first or second in cancer care every year since the publication began issuing its rankings in 1990.

“MD Anderson is proud and grateful to be recognized once again as the leading cancer center in the nation, an honor that reflects our team’s commitment to ending cancer,” Peter WT Pisters, MD, president of MD Anderson, said in a press release. “It is a privilege for our 20,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers to serve those counting on us and to work alongside supportive friends, donors, leaders and advocates in the community.”

The 29th annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings are intended to help patients with rare or life-threatening conditions make informed decisions about where to receive care.

Other hospitals ranked in the top 10 for cancer care are Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, UCSF Medical Center, and Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian.

Mayo Clinic ranked first in this year’s Honor Roll, which highlights 20 hospitals that deliver exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care. This is the third straight year Mayo Clinic topped the Honor Roll. Other institutions in the Honor Roll top five are Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine.

This year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list ranks hospitals in 16 specialties: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; pulmonology; psychiatry; rehabilitation; rheumatology; and urology.

The rankings — which compare more than 4,500 medical centers across the country — are based primarily on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates; volume; patient experience; patient safety; and quality of nursing.

“For nearly three decades, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said in a press release. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”


This year, 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty.

The publication also released regional rankings that recognized hospitals by state and metro area based on how well they performed complex and common care.

U.S. News & World Report began issuing a list of best children’s hospitals in 2007. In June, the publication named Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as the best in the nation for children with cancer.

For a complete list of the national rankings in all specialties, go to