US News ranks UI Hospitals and Clinics among nation’s best

Two specialties—Ear, Nose, and Throat and Ophthalmology—rank in the top 10. 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is again listed as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” and the No. 1 hospital in Iowa, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Five adult care specialties were ranked by U.S. News:

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (No. 5)
  • Ophthalmology (No. 6)
  • Orthopedics (No. 17)
  • Urology (No. 31)
  • Cancer (No. 40)

“To be included in the U.S. News rankings is well-deserved recognition, and to be ranked every year is really outstanding,” says Jean E. Robillard, MD, UI vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. “Iowans can be proud of the fact that we are consistently named as one of the nation’s best.”

U.S. News also cited as “high-performing” the following adult care specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Kidney Disorders/Nephrology
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology

U.S. News recognition is a reflection of the great work by our faculty and staff and their commitment to the highest standards of quality, safety, and service for our patients and their families,” says Kenneth Kates, associate vice president for UI Health Care and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. “It’s a commitment that is shared across our organization each and every day.”

“Excellence in patient care strengthens medical education and research and is an important part of the overall mission of academic medicine,” says Patricia Winokur, MD, executive dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. “Great patient care programs help create opportunities for clinical trials and other research and allow us to give students, medical residents, and fellows unique, real-world learning experiences. And great education and research programs help us attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff who care for our patients.”

In June, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital was named in six pediatric care specialties by U.S. News as part of its “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. In March, UI Carver College of Medicine programs were ranked in the U.S. News listing of “Best Graduate Schools.”

UI Health Care leaders emphasize that rankings are just one factor to consider when making health care decisions. Patients and families are encouraged to talk to their physicians about what is best for them.

The 2017–2018 “Best Hospitals” rankings are online at