August 8, 2017/News Releases

Cleveland Clinic Again Ranked No. 2 Hospital in Nation by U.S. News; No. 1 in Heart Care for 23rd Consecutive Year; No. 1 in Urology

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2017-18” ranks hospital No. 1 in Ohio; 13 Specialties Place among Nation’s 10 Best

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For the second year in a row, Cleveland Clinic is again ranked the No. 2 hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, while earning the No. 1 ranking in urology and retaining its position as the nation’s No. 1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery for the 23rd successive year.

Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Famiy Pavilion

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2017-18” also named Cleveland Clinic the No. 1 hospital in Ohio and the Cleveland area. In all, 14 Cleveland Clinic specialties earned national rankings, including 10 specialties ranked among the Top 5 nationwide.

“I am incredibly proud of this organization and everyone who works here,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Cleveland Clinic president and CEO. “These rankings are a reflection of our caregivers’ unwavering commitment to providing the very best care to the patients we are privileged to serve.”

The complete “Best Hospitals 2017-18” rankings for Cleveland Clinic are:

Cardiology & Heart Surgery:
Ear, Nose & Throat:
Gastroenterology/GI Surgery:

*“High-performing” in Psychiatry.

Cleveland Clinic is one of just 20 hospitals nationwide to earn a place on U.S. News’ 2017-18 Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals that “have delivered outstanding care and offer deep expertise spanning multiple specialties.”

Since 1995, no hospital has ranked higher in heart care than Cleveland Clinic.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized as the best hospital in the country for heart care for the 23rd consecutive year,” said Lars Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. “We are deeply committed to delivering the highest quality outcomes, as well as the best possible experience, to our patients. We will continue to invest in research and strive to continue improving and learning. This honor would not be possible without the talented physicians, nurses, mid-level providers and support staff who provide tireless dedication to the care of our patients.”

Cleveland Clinic’s urology program is ranked No. 1, continuing its 18-year trend of ranking in the Top 2.

“We are thrilled to again be recognized as the nation’s No. 1 urology program and to maintain our ranking as the No. 2 nephrology program in the U.S.,” said Eric Klein, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. “This is a great honor for all of the caregivers in our institute and illustrates just how dedicated our staff is to providing the very best care for our patients.”

Glickman Tower, home of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute

Additional details from the hospital rankings include:

  • Ten Cleveland Clinic programs placed in the Top 5 nationally – cardiology/heart surgery; diabetes/endocrinology; gastroenterology/GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; orthopedics; pulmonology; rheumatology; and urology.
  • With this year’s No. 2 overall ranking, Cleveland Clinic has been ranked among the country’s Top 5 hospitals for 19 consecutive years.
  • In addition to Cleveland Clinic’s main campus hospital, four additional hospitals in the Cleveland Clinic health system earned national rankings. Just 152 hospitals – less than 3 percent of the 4,658 hospitals U.S. News evaluated – attained a national ranking.
  • Several Cleveland Clinic specialties improved in this year’s rankings: Urology improved to No. 1 (from No. 2 in 2016); Rheumatology improved to No. 2 (from No. 3); Geriatrics improved to No.5 (from No. 8); and Cancer improved to No. 7 (from No. 8).
  • In June, Cleveland Clinic Children’s ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by S. News in its 2017–18 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.” Cleveland Clinic Children’s ranked highest in Northeast Ohio in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/ GI Surgery, and Urology. In all, Cleveland Clinic Children’s received national rankings in 9 pediatric specialties: Neurology & Neurosurgery (16), Urology (24), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (27), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (28), Pulmonology (35), Neonatology (40), Orthopedics (41), Cancer (44), and Diabetes & Endocrinology (50).
  • Ohio and regional rankings compiled by U.S. News:
    • Cleveland Clinic – No. 1 in Ohio; No. 1 in the Cleveland area
    • Fairview Hospital – No. 6 in Ohio; No. 3 in the Cleveland area
    • Hillcrest Hospital – No. 7 in Ohio; No. 4 in the Cleveland area
    • Akron General Hospital – No. 10 in Ohio
    • Marymount Hospital – No. 24 in Ohio; No. 6 in the Cleveland area
    • South Pointe Hospital – No. 24 in Ohio; No. 6 in the Cleveland area

In compiling its rankings, U.S. News studied objective data, such as risk-adjusted survival, readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators. According to U.S. News, these rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care.

The rankings are available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook, available on newsstands Sept. 12, 2017.

Editor’s Note: Broadcast-quality interviews and B-roll can be downloaded at the following links, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic News Service:


Interview with Steven Nissen, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine:

Interview with Eric Klein, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute:

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Editor’s Note: Cleveland Clinic News Service is available to provide broadcast-quality interviews and B-roll upon request.

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