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World-class specialty care

Ranked among the nation’s best

We’re proud to have earned U.S. News & World Report recognition for our excellence in 9 adult specialties and 5 pediatric specialties.

Medical Center with best hospital badges

Nationally ranked in multiple pediatric and adult specialties

Among America’s best children’s hospitals

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

As the Sacramento region’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 2022–23 in five pediatric specialties, including:

Diabetes & endocrinology – Ranked #47

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.

Neonatology – Ranked #29

The UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a level IV-designated nursery (the highest possible rating) for the Sacramento region, providing expert clinical care for infants throughout Northern California and conducting research on health problems facing infants, including those who are born very prematurely, are extremely ill, or require surgery.

Nephrology – Ranked #19

As Sacramento’s only 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 #19

Combining the resources of Shriners Children’s Northern California – 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.

Pulmonology & lung surgery – Ranked #35

Our team provides care for the most challenging pulmonary cases, while harnessing research to advance and expand treatment options. Our specialists have expertise in treating rare lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, asthma, congenital lung disorders and more. We have invested significantly in our Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Care Center, and offer families top expertise from a multidisciplinary team including pediatric GI specialists, dietitians, respiratory therapists 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

Learn more about our services at children.ucdavis.edu.

Proudly serving our region as Sacramento’s #1 hospital

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

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 nine nationally ranked specialties, including:

Cancer – Ranked #40

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 surgery – Ranked #26

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; and congenital heart disease and heart valve disease.

Diabetes & endocrinology – Ranked #42

Our specialists have expertise in all areas of general endocrinology, 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 #30

We offer comprehensive, leading-edge, and evidenced-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 #25

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.

Gynecology – Ranked #26

Our providers offer high-quality care to women during every stage of life. For contraceptive or fertility advice, routine and high-risk pregnancy care, or menopausal symptoms, our experts deliver personalized care centered on you.

Neurology & neurosurgery – Ranked #45

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 #36

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 #30

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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