NEWS | June 26, 2018

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


UC Davis Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in five pediatric specialties in the new 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The UC Davis Children's Hospital is nationally ranked among the nation’s 50 best in these five specialty care areas:

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  • 26th nationally in neonatology,
  • 35th nationally in nephrology,
  • 44th nationally in pulmonology,
  • 37th nationally in orthopedics, and
  • 49th nationally in urology.

The orthopedics and urology rankings were awarded in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, the UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic disorders and urological issues.

“Our physicians, nurses and health care teams deliver world-class pediatric specialty care to patients from across California,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and its children’s hospital. “These awards recognize the expertise of our staff, and their commitment to the care of children, and I’m so pleased we get to we celebrate that today. It is an honor to be recognized nationally in the U.S. News' Best Children's Hospitals rankings.”

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

  • The Division of Neonatology (ranked 26th 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 (NICU), is a Level IV-designated nursery (the highest possible rating)for the Sacramento region, providing 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.
  • UC Davis Children’s Hospital has the region's only pediatric nephrology and renal transplant program (ranked 35th 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.
  • The UC Davis pediatric pulmonary team (ranked 44th) provides diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of respiratory illnesses in infants, children and adolescents. The program offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient consultation and follow-up of a variety of complex respiratory conditions including asthma, chronic lung disease of prematurity, cystic fibrosis, chronic respiratory failure, rare lung diseases, neuro-muscular and chest wall disorders, as well as a range of sleep disorders.
  • The pediatric orthopedic program (ranked 37th nationally) offers comprehensive musculoskeletal (bone, joint, or muscle) care for children. UC Davis pediatric orthopedic surgeons 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.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in neonatology, nephrology, pulmonology, orthopedics and urology.
  • Pediatric urologic surgeons at UC Davis Children’s Hospital care for infants and children with problems related to the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitalia, and for children with spina bifida. The program (ranked 49th nationally) is a national leader in clinical research and studying tissue engineering and stem cells to improve treatments for children with urological disorders.

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


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 a 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