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Bragging Rites

It’s been another banner year for Harvard Medical School and its affiliates. According to annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report, HMS placed first among U.S. research medical schools for the 21st consecutive year, and its affiliated institutions received high marks as well. In the magazine’s honor roll of America’s Best Hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital placed third, while Brigham and Women’s Hospital ranked eleventh. Only 152 of 5,000 U.S. medical centers ranked in one or more specialties; of those, just 14 also earned berths on the honor roll.

Mass General was among the top ten hospitals in 14 specialties, with psychiatry again garnering first place. The hospital placed second in diabetes and endocrinology and otolaryngology; third in neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics; fourth in geriatrics, ophthalmology, and gastroenterology; fifth in heart and heart surgery, pulmonology, kidney disorders, and gynecology; and seventh in rheumatology and oncology.

Brigham and Women’s placed in the top ten in five categories: gynecology, rheumatology, kidney disease, heart and heart surgery, and diabetes and endocrinology.

Among other HMS affiliates, McLean Hospital placed third in psychiatry; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital placed fourth in rehabilitation; Dana–Farber Cancer Institute ranked sixth in cancer; and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary shared Mass General accolades for otolaryngology and ophthalmology.

In a separate ranking of pediatric institutions, Children’s Hospital Boston placed first in five specialties, more than any other U.S. children’s hospital. Its standouts included heart and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, kidney disorders, orthopedics, and urology. Children’s was the only hospital to place in the top three for all ten pediatric specialties assessed.

In addition, in its first evaluation of U.S. doctoral programs in 15 years, the National Research Council ranked each of Harvard’s four Division of Medical Sciences programs at the top, with all of them ranked first at least once.

“Such results,” says Jeffrey Flier, dean of HMS, “validate the unparalleled work of our faculty in their efforts to train future leaders in biomedicine.”


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