UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital has been nationally ranked in five medical specialties, making significant gains in three areas — pediatric cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, and diabetes/endocrinology — according to the 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.
UF Health’s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program achieved a historically high ranking, moving up eight places to 11th in the nation. Two other specialties also made big jumps: Diabetes and endocrinology is ranked No. 19 (up from 27th), and cancer rose to No. 25 (up 24 spots from last year). Two other specialties — neurology and neurosurgery (42nd, up from 50th) and pulmonology (22nd, same as last year) — are also ranked among the nation’s elite programs.
“These rankings validate the dedication and skill of our physicians, nurses and staff members,” said David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health.
“Parents of our young patients trust us with their children’s treatment. It is particularly gratifying to know that the care they receive across five specialties is among the very best in the country.”
The hospital’s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program was the highest-rated in Florida for the fourth consecutive year. Also ranked highest in Florida were cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, and pulmonology. The neurology and neurosurgery program is the second-highest ranked program in the state.