Number of KU Hospital top-50 specialty programs in U.S. News rankings in the last five years:
Kansas University Hospital placed nine specialty programs in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospital” rankings released today, with its cancer program jumping into the top 30 in the country.
The hospital landed one fewer program on the top-50 lists than in 2012, as the urology program fell from its list after ranking No. 45 last year.
The hospital’s top-50 programs this year are:
• Cancer: No. 27, up 10 spots from last year, making the list for the third year in a row.
• Cardiology and Heart Surgery: No. 23, up one; seventh straight year on list.
• Diabetes and Endocrinology: No. 38, same as last year; second straight year.
• Ear, Nose and Throat: No. 21, down one; fifth straight year.
• Gastroenterology: No. 19, up one; third straight year.
• Geriatrics: No. 18, down one; second straight year.
• Nephrology (kidney program): No. 35, down 20; fifth straight year.
• Neurology and Neurosurgery: No. 20, up two; second straight year.
• Pulmonology: No. 17, down two; fourth straight year.
The magazine listed three other KU Hospital programs as “high-performing,” meaning they landed in the top 25 percent: gynecology, orthopedics and urology. Two of the hospital’s other specialties are listed as “unranked”: ophthalmology and rheumatology.
According to U.S. News, the rankings are produced through an analysis of nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country in areas including patient survival rates, staffing levels and reputation among physicians.