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Nine medical specialty programs offered at UNC Hospitals rank in the top 40 of their kind nationwide, according to the July 18 edition of U.S. News & World Report.
UNC Hospitals programs ranked in the magazine’s 16th annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue are gynecology (18th); ear, nose and throat (19th); psychiatry (20th); digestive disorders (22nd); rheumatology (24th); kidney disease (27th); geriatrics (34th); urology (35th); and cancer (37th).
“This is but one benchmark of our excellence in so many important areas of medicine,” said Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of the UNC Health Care System. “This year we set out on a path to become the nation’s leading public academic medical institution. Obviously, we are off to a strong start.”
According to the magazine, only 167 hospitals of 6,007 considered “scored high enough this year to rank in even a single specialty.” To be considered for the rankings, a hospital had to be a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, be affiliated with a medical school or provide at least nine of the 18 specified items of medical technology that were ranked.
UNC Hospitals has been included in the rankings for the past 13 years in a row.