The July 18 U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” issue ranks University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center among the best in the nation in six specialty areas. UCSD Medical Center is the only San Diego hospital named in these rankings, which rate the top 50 hospitals in several different specialties. The magazine will be on the stands July 11.
In the 2005 report, UCSD Medical Center is ranked 7th in the nation in Respiratory Diseases, 22nd in Rheumatology, 30th in Kidney Disease, 38th in Hormonal Disorders, 39th in Cancer and 40th in Orthopedics.
“As the region’s only university health system, we are extremely proud of the leading-edge care UCSD Medical Center provides our region, and are gratified to see the U.S. News and World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings validate the excellence of our physicians, staff and programs,” said UCSD Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Edward Holmes.
“This national recognition is just one more indication of the high caliber of our physicians and staff, and of UCSD’s leadership in healthcare, from primary care to specialized medicine,” said Richard Liekweg, Chief Executive Officer of UCSD Medical Center, which encompasses UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest and the UCSD Thornton Hospital on the UCSD East Campus in La Jolla.
In its April 1 “Best Graduate Schools” edition, U.S. News ranked the UCSD School of Medicine as 14th in the nation among research medical schools, and 7th among primary care medical schools. In that issue, UCSD’s AIDS program ranked 7th in the nation, the drug and alcohol abuse program was 11th and internal medicine 18th.
In addition to its hospitals, UCSD provides primary and specialty ambulatory care at outpatient centers in Hillcrest, La Jolla, and Scripps Ranch, and ophthalmology services at the Shiley Eye Center in La Jolla. The new Moores UCSD Cancer Center celebrated its opening in April, and planning is underway for the new Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center adjacent to the Thornton Hospital.
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