U.S. News Ranks Miami Hospital Top in Ophthalmology

Larry Hand

July 15, 2014

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital in Miami, Florida, is the top-ranked hospital in the country for ophthalmology, according to annual rankings published online July 15 in U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine ranked 12 ophthalmology hospitals nationwide based on at least 5 ophthalmology specialists recommending them as the best hospitals to handle difficult cases and procedures. Bascom Palmer received the top reputation score of 67.3%. The magazine also listed another 24 institutes that received nominations from one or more physicians.

Bascom Palmer is a 58-bed eye, ear, nose, and throat hospital affiliated with the University of Miami Hospital. Clinicians there performed 120 inpatient and 13,130 outpatient surgeries, and the emergency department had 16,673 visits in the most recent year, according to the American Hospital Association.

Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, came in second, with a reputation score of 58.6%, and Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, came in a close third, with a reputation score of 58.2%. The remaining 9 hospitals in the top 12 scored less then 30% each.

Wills Eye Hospital was established in 1832 as the nation's first eye hospital and treats more than 250,000 patients annually as a comprehensive ophthalmology center, according to information on its Web site.

Wilmer Eye Institute provides comprehensive ophthalmology treatment, including ophthalmic, optometric, optical, and diagnostic services, at Johns Hopkins Hospital and 10 satellite locations around Maryland, according to information on its Web site.

In total, U.S. News & World Report rankings cover almost 5000 medical centers and 16 medical specialties in the United States. The top 3 hospitals overall are the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The top 12 ophthalmology hospitals were

  1. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital

  2. Wills Eye Hospital

  3. Wilmer Eye Institute

  4. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital

  5. Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes, University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center

  6. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina

  7. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

  8. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City

  9. University of Southern California Eye Institute-Keck Medical Center, Los Angeles

  10. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York City

  11. W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  12. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

"Top-Ranked Hospitals for Ophthalmology." U.S. News & World Report. Published online July 15, 2014. Full text

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