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World-class specialty care

Ranked among the nation’s best

We’re proud to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 8 adult specialties and 3 pediatric specialties.

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Nationally ranked in multiple adult and pediatric specialties

Proudly serving our region as Sacramento’s #1 hospital

A U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital

UC Davis Medical Center is ranked #1 in Sacramento and among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. And we’re honored to offer personalized expertise in eight nationally ranked specialties, including:

Cancer – Ranked #37

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is Sacramento’s only National Cancer Institute-designated center, offering early-stage clinical trials and the latest diagnosis and treatment options. The cancer center includes a complete range of adult and pediatric specialties, including a unique oncology program specific to the care of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients. Our oncologists have extensive expertise with uncommon cancers and are highly skilled in minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery.

Cardiology, heart & vascular surgery – Ranked #35

Our world-renowned cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons specialize in the most innovative treatments for both common and complex heart conditions. They’re committed to providing treatment options across many areas of cardiovascular medicine, including advanced heart failure; diseases of the heart, chest, lungs and esophagus; women’s heart health; complex aortic diseases; congenital heart disease and more. In addition, our interdisciplinary UC Davis Vascular Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive and state-of-the-art care for all vascular conditions. Our vascular specialists provide diagnostic evaluations, and treatment plans that encompass medical management, surgical reconstructions and minimally invasive procedures. 

Diabetes & endocrinology – Ranked #41

Our specialists have expertise in all areas of general endocrinology, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, metabolism and thyroid diseases. Our team includes leading specialists in the early and correct diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome, which affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age.

Ear, nose & throat – Ranked #15

We offer comprehensive, leading-edge, and evidence-based treatments across the entire spectrum of Otolaryngology care. Our expertise encompasses medical and surgical treatments for birth defects, tumors, degenerative diseases, trauma and other problems that impair hearing, balance, taste or smell.

Geriatrics – Ranked #24

In addition to expert inpatient care, our multidisciplinary team also focuses on helping adults 65+ achieve their health and wellness goals, maintain independence, and improve their quality of life. Our Healthy Aging clinic provides a wide range of services, including cognitive care, advance care planning, support services from the Family Caregiving Institute, and more.

Neurology & neurosurgery – Ranked #28

Our renowned neurologists specialize in treating Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular conditions, headache and sleep disorders while providing leading-edge diagnostic approaches, including advanced neuroimaging technologies.

Orthopedics – Ranked #39

Our full spectrum of clinical capabilities ranges from routine back and joint problems to the most severe injuries and complex musculoskeletal conditions — all informed by internationally recognized expertise and research in adult foot and ankle; adult reconstruction; sports medicine; trauma; hand, upper extremity, and microvascular surgery and more. We’re also key players in the UC Davis Spine Center and UC Davis Trauma Center — one of the largest and most sophisticated interdisciplinary trauma programs in the nation.

Pulmonology & lung surgery – Ranked #24

Our team provides care for the most challenging cases, while harnessing research to advance and expand treatment options. Our specialists have expertise in treating advanced lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, asthma and more.

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Among America’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals

As Sacramento’s only nationally ranked, comprehensive children’s hospital, we’re honored to offer families a unique combination of personalized care and extraordinary medical expertise that help improve the lives of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. And we’re proud that U.S. News & World Report ranked us among the nation’s best for 2023–24 in three pediatric specialties, including:

Diabetes & endocrinology – Ranked #41 (tie)

Our pediatric specialists have expertise in all areas of general endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism, puberty and thyroid diseases. Our comprehensive team includes clinical diabetes educator certified nurses, dietitians, and social workers who provide innovative educational programs for families to help patients improve and maintain their glucose levels.

Nephrology – Ranked #34 (tie)

As Sacramento’s only nationally ranked pediatric nephrology program, we offer comprehensive, leading-edge, and evidenced-based treatments across the entire spectrum of kidney care. Our expertise encompasses medical and surgical treatments for acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, hematuria, proteinuria, kidney stones and hypertension. In partnership with the UC Davis Transplant Center, our program continues to be the region’s only outpatient peritoneal dialysis service for patients under 10 years of age.

Orthopedics – Ranked #20

Combining the resources of Shriners Children’s – our longstanding partner on orthopedic disorders and spinal injuries – we provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care for children and treat a wide range of conditions, including limb deficiencies and prosthetics, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, neuromuscular conditions and more.

Also proud to offer our patients:

  • Access to the most innovative clinical trials and the latest diagnosis and treatment options
  • Convenient care at 17 neighborhood clinics throughout the Sacramento region
  • A level I Children’s Surgery Center with pediatric anesthesiologists and dedicated rooms available 24 hours a day
  • The region’s only center for on-site fetal surgery, with internationally known surgeons
  • A nationally recognized pediatric telehealth program that provides advanced care to children throughout California
  • Magnet® designation — the nation’s highest recognition for nursing excellence

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