NEWS | August 1, 2016

One of America's top hospitals

U.S. News ranks UC Davis Medical Center among the nation's best in 10 specialties, No. 1 in Sacramento


U.S. News & World Report, which annually recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients with serious and challenging injuries and illnesses, has again ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's best hospitals.

“We are honored by the rankings, which reflect our goal of providing the highest level of service to our patients,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “Our teams are always committed to going above and beyond in offering current, expert and compassionate care.”

UC Davis ranked among the top 50 hospitals in 10 adult medical specialties: 

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and heart surgery
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

UC Davis was designated as high performing in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery in the medical specialties rankings.

In regional rankings, UC Davis Medical Center was recognized as No. 1 in the Sacramento metropolitan area and fifth in California.

U.S. News also released ratings for common types of care, with UC Davis Medical Center rated as high performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. The hospital met expected standards of care for aortic valve surgery and heart bypass surgery. 

U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News in a press release. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.” 

In June, U.S. News ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top 50 for pediatric care in five specialties: diabetes and endocrinology, neonatology, nephrology and, in collaboration with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, orthopaedics and urology. 

The U.S. News Best Hospitals adult medical care rankings help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more. 

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 

The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for pre-sale Aug. 1. For more information, visit Best Hospitals

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. For more information, visit