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June 15, 2021
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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia again named best hospital for pediatric cancer


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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has retained its distinction as the No. 1 children’s hospital for cancer in the country.

The institution tops U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hospitals for pediatric cancer for 2021-2022.

This is the second straight year that Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has ranked first.

Stephen P. Hunger, MD
Stephen P. Hunger

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized as the No.1 comprehensive and world-class cancer center for the second straight year by U.S. News & World Report,” Stephen P. Hunger, MD, chief of the division of oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told Healio. “Our cancer center team is a dedicated group of professionals who consistently strive to make our center an exceptional place to work and learn. They are committed to providing the absolute highest quality of care to our patients who come to us from all over the country — and the world — seeking trusted expertise and the most advanced treatment options available for pediatric cancer patients.

“This has been a particularly challenging year, not only for our patients and their families but also our staff and their families,” Hunger added. “We’re proud to continue providing a level of care that is both best-in-class and family-centered.”

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are intended to help families of children with life-threatening or rare conditions obtain the best possible medical care.

The rankings highlight the top 50 centers in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

Other centers named to the top 10 for cancer care this year are Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Children’s National Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report also released its 2021-2022 Honor Roll, which recognizes pediatric centers that deliver exceptionally high-quality care across multiple specialties.

Boston Children’s Hospital topped the honor roll for the eighth straight year, ranking first in four of the 10 pediatric specialties assessed: nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

Other institutions in the top five of the honor roll are Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings take into account objective measurements such as clinical outcomes — including infection rates and mortality — as well as compliance with best practices and available clinical resources.

RTI International, a research and consulting firm based in North Carolina, collected and analyzed data from 118 children’s hospitals and also surveyed several thousand pediatric specialists. More than 100 pediatric specialists and other experts provided input through methodology working groups.

“When choosing a hospital for a sick child, many parents want specialized expertise, convenience and caring medical professionals,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News, said in a press release. “The Best Children's Hospitals rankings have always highlighted hospitals that excel in specialized care. Now, this year's new state and regional rankings can help families identify conveniently located hospitals capable of meeting their child’s needs. As the pandemic continues to affect travel, finding high-quality care close to home has never been more important.”

For more information or to see the complete rankings, go to