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U.S. News & World Report: Michigan Medicine ranked No. 11 in the U.S. and best in Michigan

Five specialties in adult hospitals ranked in national top 10; nationally recognized for multiple services

Michigan Medicine’s adult hospitals were ranked best in Michigan and 11th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings for 2020-21. This distinguished honor reflects excellence in patient care.

Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan, also had five medical specialties ranked in the nation’s top 10 and was ranked No. 1 in the state of Michigan.

The organization was also given the USNWR Honor Roll distinction, marking it as one of 20 U.S. hospitals that deliver the highest quality of care across a variety of specialties, procedures and conditions.

“At Michigan Medicine, our commitment is to our patients, first and foremost,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan, chief executive officer of Michigan Medicine and dean of the U-M Medical School. “This honor is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our incredible team of health care providers.”

"Consistently ranking among the nation’s top hospitals is something that reflects not only on our quality and safety but also on the commitment of our physicians, nurses and other team members to providing the best care,” said David Spahlinger, M.D., president of the University of Michigan Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs of the U-M Medical School. 

Five Michigan Medicine specialty areas rank in the top 10 in the country:

  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (#10)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#8)
  • Ophthalmology (#8)
  • Pulmonology (#8)
  • Urology (#10)

Michigan Medicine also received national rankings in:

  • Cancer (#38)
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#14)
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (#12)
  • Geriatrics (#12)
  • Gynecology (#39)
  • Nephrology (#17)
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (#15)
  • Orthopedics (#29)

Michigan Medicine also was recognized as high performing in Rehabilitation and Rheumatology.

“Our national ranking is truly an honor,” said Jeffrey Desmond, M.D., chief medical officer of Michigan Medicine. “I’m so proud of our collaborative teams, all across the board, for their dedication to providing the highest quality of care to all of our valued patients.”

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” methodologies in most areas of care are based on a combination of reputation surveys and objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

In June, Michigan Medicine also received USNWR recognition for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which was the only children’s hospital in Michigan nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties evaluated in the 2020-2021 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. The institution was recognized among the nation’s best in cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, cancer, neonatology, pulmonology, urology and diabetes and endocrinology. 

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For detailed data about the safety and quality of care at U-M, far beyond what is available from rating agencies, visit

About Michigan Medicine: At Michigan Medicine, we advance health to serve Michigan and the world. We pursue excellence every day in our three hospitals, 125 clinics and home care operations that handle more than 2.3 million outpatient visits a year, as well as educate the next generation of physicians, health professionals and scientists in our U-M Medical School.

Michigan Medicine includes the top ranked U-M Medical School and the University of Michigan Health System, which includes the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, University Hospital, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and the Rogel Cancer Center. Michigan Medicine’s adult hospitals were ranked no. 11 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2020-21 and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was the only children’s hospital in Michigan nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties analyzed by U.S. News and World Report for 2020-21. The U-M Medical School is one of the nation's biomedical research powerhouses, with total research funding of more than $500 million.


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