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July 27, 2021
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Hospital for Special Surgery named best US hospital for orthopedic care


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For the 12th straight year, Hospital for Special Surgery has been named the top hospital in the United States for orthopedic care, according to the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals 2021-2022” survey.

With a specialty score of 100 out of 100, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) topped the annual Best Hospitals for Orthopedics rankings, which included 1,660 orthopedic hospitals nationwide.

Scores were determined from a data analysis of performance in orthopedic surgery and other musculoskeletal issues and injuries, according to the release.

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help patients, in consultation with their doctors, narrow down their choice of hospital based on the specific type of care they need,” Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said in the release.

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital rounded out the top five best hospitals for orthopedics. Mayo Clinic Rochester also was awarded the number one spot on the best hospitals honor roll, which recognized 20 of the nation’s highest performing hospitals across 15 specialties.

Harder, along with U.S. News & World Report staff members Ronan Corgel and Tavia Binger, also performed an analysis of racial gaps in hospital care.

“At roughly four out of five hospitals, we found that the community’s minority residents were underrepresented among patients receiving services such as joint replacement, cancer surgery and common heart procedures,” Harder said. “Against this backdrop, however, we found important exceptions – hospitals that provide care to a disproportionate share of their community’s minority residents. These metrics are just a beginning; we aim to expand on our measurement of health equity in the future,” he added.

To see the complete 2021 to 2022 rankings and methodologies, go to