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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Celebrate Top-Tier 2018-19 Rankings

Best Northern California Hospitals in 6 Specialties, per U.S. News & World Report

By Suzanne Leigh | | June 25, 2018

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Celebrate Top-Tier 2018-19 Rankings

Jahkai McFarland stretches out in the neonatal intensive care unit at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, which ranked No. 7 for its neonatology program in the latest U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Photo by Noah Berger

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals rank among the nation’s top-tier pediatric medical centers, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey for 2018-19.

In the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, released on June 26, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals’ campuses in Oakland and San Francisco placed among the country’s finest in all 10 pediatric specialties that were surveyed. The annual pediatric rankings serve as a guide of hospitals that excel in treating children with the most challenging diagnoses.

parents with their premature baby talk with a neonatologist in the hospital
Jayalakshmi Ravindran (right), MD, checks in with a patient family in the neonatal intensive care unit at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Photo by Alain McLaughlin.
Christine Fox talks to a woman in her office
Christine Fox (right), MD, specializes in pediatric stroke in the Pediatric Brain Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. Photo by Barbara Ries 

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals were the top-ranked hospitals on the West Coast in neonatology and best in Northern California in five other specialties: pediatric cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neurology and neurosurgery and urology. They also placed among the top tier in cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, orthopedics and pulmonology.

“We are delighted to see that UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have again been recognized by U.S. News’ annual survey,” said Mark R. Laret, president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health. “This validation reflects the tremendous dedication of our physicians, nurses, technicians and other health care providers who commit their lives to the children who depend on us for their care, whether they are from Oakland and San Francisco, or farther afield in California and beyond.”

The two hospitals placed among the top 10 children’s hospitals nationwide in two specialties and among the top 25 in eight, reflecting a growing recognition of the caliber of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals among their national peers.