University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics listed No. 1 hospital in Iowa

Two specialties at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics have been ranked among the nation’s 10 best programs of their kind, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report: ophthalmology; and ear, nose, and throat.

Two other specialties—cancer and gynecology—were also ranked in the nation’s top 50.

UI Hospitals & Clinics is the only hospital in Iowa to be ranked in the top 50 in any specialty.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 31st year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

UI Hospitals & Clinics ranked in the following areas in 2020-2021:

  • 41 in cancer (tie)
  • 7 in ear, nose, and throat
  • 34 in gynecology
  • 6 in ophthalmology

“We are proud to continue to be listed among the nation’s top hospitals,” says Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, chief executive officer of UI Hospitals & Clinics and associate vice president of UI Health Care. “This recognition is representative of the unwavering commitment from our faculty and staff to provide top-quality care to our patients and their families.”

For the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, and 10 procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 134 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized best regional hospitals based on high performing rankings across multiple areas of care.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has been helping patients, along with the help of their physicians, identify the Best Hospitals in an array of specialties, procedures, and conditions,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. The methodologies used change each year, which is why the organization strongly discourages year over year comparisons.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

For more information about the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ.

1 comment

  1. Congratulations to Dept of Ophthalmology and its faculty – consistently ranked nationally. Special kudos to the DEO whose unselfish, quiet yet effective, leadership, putting department priorities above his own, has led to this national reputation. An example to follow.

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