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U.S. News & World Report

Nationally ranked healthcare has never been more important than it is right now.

We are proud to provide it here.

Once again, we are honored to be recognized among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, with 6 adult medical and surgical specialties ranked among the top programs in the 2020-21 report. Our hospital was also named the best hospital in Kansas City and in Kansas. We have earned these honors every year since their inception.

As the only academic medical center in Kansas, we challenge ourselves each day to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and convenience of the care we offer. We are dedicated to providing exceptional care when and where our patients need it – spanning primary, specialty, urgent and emergency care, with many care types accessible by telehealth. In fact, we have proudly served patients from every Kansas county and from most Missouri counties, too.

We’re focused on enhancing the lives of those we serve – not on earning awards. But when we are so honored, we hope these distinctions inspire your confidence and trust in our care.

National excellence

U.S. News & World Report evaluated thousands of hospitals to produce its respected report of the nation's best. In 2020-21, The University of Kansas Hospital ranked among the top 50 programs in these 6 adult medical and surgical specialties:

  • ENT (No. 17)
  • Geriatrics (No. 29)
  • Nephrology (No. 38)
  • Neurology and neurosurgery (tied at No. 30)
  • Pulmonology and lung cancer (No. 42)
  • Urology (No. 42)

In addition, several of our programs were recognized as high performing, ranking in the top 10% of programs evaluated. These include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and heart surgery
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • GI and GI surgery
  • Orthopedics

We hope achievements like these help build your trust in the consistently reliable care we give you and your loved ones.

Our recognition as the best hospital in our city, state and region by U.S. News & World Report sends a strong message to patients, families and consumers about our commitment to quality. This year the message about our consistent performance is even more powerful. During this time of the novel coronavirus pandemic, knowing you can trust your healthcare team to always provide the highest-quality, safest care is more important than ever. Patients and families can be confident they will receive the very best care at The University of Kansas Hospital. – Tammy Peterman, MS, RN, FAAN

President, Kansas City Division

Regional rankings

U.S. News also rates hospitals for their performance in treating 10 commonly occurring conditions and procedures. These regional rankings help patients choose the right hospital for the care they need. We are ranked as high performing in 8 conditions and procedures:

  • AAA repair (abdominal aortic aneurysm)
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Lung cancer surgery
  • TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement)

These rankings use the same scoring methods used for the national rankings.

About the rankings

Since 1990, U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals ranking has served as a respected source for identifying quality healthcare providers. The rankings highlight medical centers that excel in high-risk inpatient care and complex procedures.

U.S. News evaluates measures such as patient survival, advanced technologies, patient safety and hospital reputation. The resulting best hospitals are organized into specialty areas and updated every July.

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