No. 1 again: Johns Hopkins ranked top hospital by 'U.S. News'

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital has regained the top spot in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of American hospitals, placing first in five medical specialties and in the top six in 10 others.

Johns Hopkins had been ranked No. 1 for 21 years in a row by the publication until last year, when Massachusetts General Hospital took top honors. This year's rankings mark the 22nd time in the publicationís 24-year history of surveying hospitals that Johns Hopkins has held the esteemed position.

In acknowledging their delight in again being named No. 1, the leadership of Johns Hopkins Medicine gave credit to the researchers, clinicians, nurses, and all the hospitalís staff and caregivers for the remarkable standing.

"The Johns Hopkins Hospital will always be the hospital ranked No. 1 for 21 years in a row thanks to you, the people of Johns Hopkins Medicine," said a joint letter of congratulations from Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Given the competitive, rapidly changing health care environment and the realization that U.S. News evaluated more than [4,800] hospitals, we hope you share our incredible pride in achieving this top-tier ranking among the best hospitals in the United States," they wrote.

Of the 16 specialties ranked by the publication, 15 at Johns Hopkins were among the top six in the nation.

In addition to landing in the No. 1 spot on U.S. News' Honor Roll of best hospitals, the hospital ranked No. 1 in Ear, Nose, and Throat, Geriatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Rheumatology, and Urology; No. 2 in Psychiatry; No. 3 in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery and in Ophthalmology; No. 4 in Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Nephrology; No. 5 in Gynecology; and No. 6 in Orthopedics and in Pulmonology.

A detailed list of the rankings and information about how they are put together are available at and at

In a state and regional analysis, the Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked No. 1 in all specialties in Maryland and in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Suburban Hospital—all part of Johns Hopkins Medicine—were also recognized as achieving high performance in their respective regions in a number of specialties. To be included in the metro-area report, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one medical specialty.

In May, the magazine recognized the Johns Hopkins Children's Center as among the nation's top children's hospitals, ranking it in the top 10 Honor Roll of children's hospitals that excelled in 10 pediatric specialties. Hopkins Children's earned a spot in the top 10 for five specialties, including No. 6 in Neurology and Neurosurgery; No. 7 in Diabetes and in Endocrinology and Urology; No. 9 in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery and in Pulmonology.