NEWS | June 27, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis Children's Hospital among nation's best

Five pediatric specialties highlighted in national rankings


 U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital in five pediatric specialties in the new 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

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UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in neonatology, nephrology, diabetes and endocrinology, orthopaedics and urology.

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked 16th in neonatology, 23rd in nephrology and 41st in diabetes and endocrinology.

UC Davis Children's Hospital also ranked 18th in orthopaedics and 26th in urology. These two specialties were received in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopaedic disorders and urological issues.

"We are thrilled to be recognized nationally in the U.S. News' Children's Hospital rankings. Our physicians, nurses and our health care teams deserve this honor for the excellent care provided for children in the Sacramento region and beyond,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and its children’s hospital. "It is our privilege to deliver world-class pediatric specialty care to the children in the 33-county area that we serve."

Eighty-one hospitals across the country ranked in at least one specialty. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital specialties, recognized by U.S. News, provide care for the region's most seriously ill patients:

  • The Division of Neonatology (ranked 16th nationally) cares for premature and term infants with a wide variety of health conditions, including birth asphyxia, congenital heart disease, congenital anomalies, infectious diseases and respiratory distress. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a level IV-designated nursery for the Sacramento region, provides clinical care for infants from throughout Northern California and conducts research on health problems facing infants, including those who are born very prematurely, are extremely ill or require surgery.

  • The pediatric endocrinology group (ranked 41st nationally) manages children with all types of disorders of the endocrine system using a multidisciplinary team approach to provide the best evaluation and treatment for children and their families. Children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, growth disorders, precocious and delayed puberty, disorders of sexual development and obesity, as well as other complex disorders of the regulation of hormone function are offered state-of-the-art care.

  • UC Davis has the region's only pediatric nephrology and renal transplant program (ranked 23rd nationally) and the only outpatient dialysis service for patients under 10 years of age or 44 pounds. The pediatric nephrology clinic cares for children on dialysis and those with chronic kidney disease, renal transplants, hypertension, urinary tract infections, glomerulonephritis, stones, renal tubular acidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases, hydronephrosis and other prenatally diagnosed renal anomalies. The clinic follows a patient-centered, multidisciplinary team approach, in which transplant surgeons, urologists, social workers, psychologists, dietitians and clinical nurses work together to care for patients.

  • Pediatric urologic surgeons at UC Davis care for infants and children with problems related to the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitalia, and for children with spina bifida. The program (ranked 26th nationally) is a national leader in clinical research and studying tissue engineering and stem cells to improve treatments for children with urological disorders.

  • The pediatric orthopaedic program (ranked 18th nationally) offers comprehensive musculoskeletal (bone, joint, or muscle) care for children. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at UC Davis diagnose, treat and manage children’s musculoskeletal problems such as limb and spine deformities, gait abnormalities, broken bones and bone or joint infections and tumors. The pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation department provides a variety of rehabilitation services for pediatric inpatients and outpatients. These include specialized clinics for muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disease, acquired pediatric brain injuries and spina bifida, cerebral palsy and spasticity management.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data as well as an annual survey of pediatric specialists. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook, available on newsstands Sept. 12.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as the West Coast's only level I children's surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit