It's an annual national ranking that is much anticipated, but never taken for granted at MD Anderson.
For the fourth year in a row, MD Anderson is the leading hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the annual "Best Hospitals" survey published by U.S. News & World Report.
This is the seventh time in the last nine years that MD Anderson has ranked number one in the annual listing. Since the survey began in 1990, the institution has been ranked one of the top two cancer hospitals in the United States.
Five subspecialties at MD Anderson were singled out for high rankings, including ear, nose and throat (6); urology (10); gynecology (11); gastroenterology (19); and diabetes and endocrinology (21). MD Anderson's ranking in diabetes and endocrinology jumped 20 places this year, ranked number 41 in 2009 and unranked in 2008. Check out the complete survey results at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
In May, in a separate survey of pediatric hospitals, also published by U.S. News & World Report, MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital was ranked 12th in the nation.
"We are proud to be ranked again as the top cancer center - an honor that reflects the expertise and accomplishments of our outstanding physicians, researchers, nurses, staff and volunteers, all focused on reducing the burdens of cancer for patients here and elsewhere," says John Mendelsohn, M.D., president. "The last decade of cancer research has yielded real benefit for patients worldwide, with declining death rates and improving five-year survival rates. To hasten our progress, the need for collaboration among the fine cancer programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report is greater than ever, and we must broaden our cooperation internationally and with government, industry and patients."
The faculty, staff and volunteers at MD Anderson share this recognition and pride with our patients, survivors, their families and caregivers.