Cedars-Sinai Ranks in 11 Specialties

U.S. News 'America's Best Hospitals' released

In the recently released 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings of America's Best Hospitals, Cedars-Sinai ranked in 11 specialties - more than the medical center has ever been ranked in before.

Of the 4,861 hospitals in the nation, only 174 scored high enough to be recognized in even one specialty. "To be ranked among the best in 11 specialties speaks to both the quality and breadth of the patient care we provide," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai.

The 11 specialties where Cedars-Sinai ranked among the top 50 hospitals in America are:

  • Digestive Disorders (#10)
  • Heart and Heart Surgery (#15)
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (#15)
  • Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders (#19)
  • Kidney Diseases (#20)
  • Orthopaedics (#26)
  • Respiratory Disorders (#29)
  • Geriatric Care (#33)
  • Urology (#38)
  • Cancer (#44)
  • Gynecology (#49)

U.S. News uses a fairly complex weighing methodology to determine the rankings including votes on reputation (where a very small random group of physicians nationwide are asked to name the hospitals they think are best in their specialty for treating difficult cases), expected-versus-actual mortality data (case-mixed adjusted), patient safety and other factors. Many of these factors use a three-year rolling average, and U.S. News also makes changes in its methodology each year.