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Release Date: July 16, 2013

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, until last year, been ranked #1 for 21 years in a row by the publication, when Massachusetts General Hospital took top honors. This year’s rankings mark the 22nd time in the publication’s 24-year history of surveying hospitals that Johns Hopkins has held the esteemed position.

In acknowledging their delight in again being named #1, the leadership of Johns Hopkins Medicine gave credit to the researchers, clinicians, nurses and all of the hospital’s staff and caregivers for the remarkable standing.

“The Johns Hopkins Hospital will always be the hospital ranked #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, M.D., 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 4,806 hospitals, we hope you share our incredible pride in achieving this top-tier ranking among the best hospitals in the United States.”

“Our hospital’s standings in the specialties ranked by U.S. News reflect the strong performance and historic leadership of our institution,” Rothman adds, noting that of the 16 specialties ranked by the publication, 15 at Johns Hopkins were ranked among the top six in the nation.

In addition to landing in the #1 spot on U.S. News’ Honor Roll of best hospitals, the hospital ranked #1 in Ear, Nose & Throat, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Rheumatology, and Urology; #2 in Psychiatry; #3 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (digestive diseases) and Ophthalmology; #4 in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, and Nephrology (kidney disorders); #5 in Gynecology; and #6 in Orthopedics and Pulmonology (respiratory diseases).

“It is a privilege to be in the company of all the excellent hospitals recognized in the magazine,” says Peterson. “Kudos are owed to all our colleagues on the honor list for their national rankings.”
A detailed list of the rankings and information about how they are put together are available at and at

In May, the magazine also recognized the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center as among the United States’ top children’s hospitals, ranking it in the top 10 Honor Roll of children’s hospitals that excelled in 10 pediatric specialty rankings. Hopkins Children’s earned a spot in the top 10 for five specialties, including #6 in Neurology & Neurosurgery; #7 in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Urology; #9 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery and Pulmonology.

Included in the state and regional analysis from U.S. News’ 2013 adult rankings, The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked #1 in all specialties in Maryland and #1 in all specialties in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital 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.

Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $6.7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States. JHM unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. JHM's mission is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, JHM educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. JHM operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, more than 38 primary health care outpatient sites and other businesses that care for national and international patients and activities. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, was ranked number one in the nation for 21 years by U.S. News & World Report. - JHM -

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