Top US Neurology, Neurosurgery Hospitals Ranked

Megan Brooks

July 30, 2019

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, is the best US hospital for neurology and neurosurgery care, according to the 2019–2020 US News & World Report annual ranking of best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Johns Hopkins, which ranked second last year, grabbed the number one spot from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Clinic had held the top spot for five years in a row.

Mayo Clinic is now number two in the rankings, which highlight "exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care," the magazine says.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center remains at number three (same as last year), while NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City, jumps one spot to number four.

Rounding out the top five is Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.  Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, which was ranked fifth last year, dropped to number 10.

However, due to the changes in methodology this year, US News advises against making comparisons to past numerical ranks.

"In the three decades since US News began evaluating hospitals, we periodically have revamped our measures to enhance the decision support our rankings and ratings provide to patients," Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at the magazine, said in a statement.

"This year we revised the methodology to incorporate new measures of patient-centered care and to enhance how we account for differences in hospitals' patient populations. The new model provides a more comprehensive assessment that is useful to patients, families, and their medical professionals," said Harder.

US News & World Report 2019–2020 Top 10 Neurology
and Neurosurgery Hospitals

1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

3. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California

4. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City

5. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

6. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center

7. NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City

8. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

9. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California

10. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

Overall, across all specialties, US News named Mayo Clinic as the top hospital on the honor roll for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and NewYork-Presbyterian.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston continues to be the best hospital for cancer care and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City is number one in orthopedics.

The 2019–2020 rankings compared more than 4500 hospitals across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year, 165 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty (compared with 158 last year) and 569 hospitals were ranked among the best regional hospitals in a state or metro area based on their performance in delivering complex and common care.

The rankings are produced by US News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. More information on the US News best hospital report is available on the magazine's website.

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