University of Florida Health Shands Hospital ranks among the nation’s elite in seven adult medical specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 “Best Hospitals” report released today.
No other Florida hospital has more than seven adult specialties ranked in the nation’s top 50, up from six ranked specialties a year ago. And for the fifth year in a row, UF Health Shands is ranked in more adult and pediatric specialties combined than any other hospital in the state – a total of 12, factoring in the pediatric rankings released in June.
UF Health Shands maintained its No. 2 position overall among Florida hospitals at a time of volatility as other health systems’ rankings fluctuated in the state, with its highest national rankings coming in urology and nephrology.
Both nephrology and urology are ranked 24th in the nation. UF Health’s other ranked specialties are geriatrics (37th), diabetes and endocrinology (40th), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (40th), cancer (42nd) and pulmonology and lung surgery (44th).
“Every day, the entire UF Health Shands team shows its dedication to the highest-quality patient care,” said David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president of health affairs at UF and president of UF Health. “These rankings are the result of the skill and intense dedication of our caregivers and staff. And our patients benefit from that.”
In addition to the ranked specialties, two others are rated as “high performing” — placing them in the top 10 percent of hospitals reviewed by U.S. News. Those are neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopaedics.“The achievement of once again having nationally ranked medical specialties is a hard-earned and well-deserved accomplishment by our physicians, nurses and staff,” said Ed Jimenez, CEO of UF Health Shands Hospital. “Every year, our accolades are merely a starting point. We are constantly