US News Ranks Mayo at the Top in Best Hospitals for Urology

Marcia Frellick

July 27, 2021

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, again topped the US News & World Report list of the best hospitals in the country for urology.

The Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, took second place, followed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, at third, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas, at fourth, and Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland, at fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were (6) New York–Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City; (7) Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California; (8) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles; (9) NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City, and (10) Keck Medical Center of USC, Los Angeles.

Next were (11) Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; (12) UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California; (13) University of Michigan Hospitals–Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan; (14) Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee; (15) Mayo Clinic–Phoenix; (16) Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City; (tied for 17) Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania–Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; (19) Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; and (20) Stanford Health Care–Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California.

Last year's top 5 in urology included the Mayo Clinic, Rochester; (2) Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City; (3) Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore; (4) the Cleveland Clinic; and (5) New York–Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City.

A full list of rankings is available on the magazine's website.

US News compared more than 4750 medical centers nationwide in15 specialties. Of those, 531 were recognized as Best Regional Hospitals on the basis of their strong performance in multiple areas of care.

In 12 of the specialties, including urology, rankings are determined by an extensive data-driven analysis combining performance measures in structure, process, and outcomes. Rankings in three other specialties ― ophthalmology, psychiatry, and rheumatology ― rankings rely on expert opinion alone, according to the US News methodology report.

The hospitals leading the overall 2021 Honor Roll include Mayo Clinic at no. 1, a ranking it has held for six years in a row, according to a press release. The Cleveland Clinic ranked no. 2, followed by UCLA Medical Center at no. 3.

In other top specialties, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked no. 1 in cancer; the Cleveland Clinic is no. 1 in cardiology and heart surgery; and the Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York City, is no. 1 in orthopedics.

New Equity Measures Included

US News also investigated racial disparities in healthcare and today debuted health equity measures alongside each hospital's rankings. Among other aspects of health equity, the new measures examine whether the patients that each hospital has treated reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of its community.

Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis, said in a statement, "At roughly four out of five hospitals, we found that the community's minority residents were underrepresented among patients receiving services such as joint replacement, cancer surgery and common heart procedures. Against this backdrop, however, we found important exceptions ― hospitals that provide care to a disproportionate share of their community's minority residents."

Also new this year are ratings for seven procedures and conditions. A total of 17 services are ranked. The new ratings cover heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, kidney failure, hip fracture, and back surgery (spinal fusion).

Marcia Frellick is a freelance journalist based in Chicago. She has previously written for the Chicago Tribune and and was an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times. Follow her on Twitter at @mfrellick.

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