Cleveland Clinic Children’s Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

Nine pediatric specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50; Cancer, neurology/neurosurgery, urology, gastroenterology, cardiology/heart surgery scored best in Northeast Ohio

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been ranked as a national leader in clinical care by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 – 2020 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

Cleveland Clinic Children’s – an integral part of Cleveland Clinic, which was ranked the nation’s No. 2 hospital in 2019 by U.S. News – earned national recognition in nine specialties: cancer (20), cardiology & heart surgery (45), diabetes & endocrinology (39), gastroenterology (27), neonatology (32), nephrology (35), neurology & neurosurgery (22), pulmonology (43) and urology (24).

Julie Niezgoda, M.D., counsels a young patient.

In five of those specialties, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is ranked as the best in Northeast Ohio: cancer, neurology & neurosurgery, urology, gastroenterology, and cardiology & heart surgery.

“Whether a child has an everyday illness or a chronic disease like cancer or diabetes, our goal is to make and keep kids healthy,” everyday illnesses, as well as serious childhood diseases and conditions like cancer, diabetes and congenital heart disease.said Rita Pappas, M.D. interim-chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “We believe that our tiniest patients deserve the most innovative care from a collaborative and compassionate team made up of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists who are driven to improve their health using evidence-based treatments and cutting edge technologies.”

In 2018, Cleveland Clinic Children’s moved most of its pediatric ambulatory services to a new facility located on Euclid Avenue between 89th and 90th streets. The expansion unites both primary and specialty outpatient care in one convenient, coordinated environment better equipped to manage Cleveland Clinic Children’s 750,000-plus patient visits annually. The four-story, 120,000-square-foot state-of-the-art structure features 65 exam rooms, 20 private infusion rooms, four procedure rooms and a calming room for sensory-sensitive children. Hundreds of physicians, nurses, therapists and administrative staff work side by side to provide the most comprehensive medical, surgical, developmental and behavioral care.

Other hospital highlights during the past year included:

  • Receiving certification as a center to provide the first FDA-approved Car T-cell therapy for pediatric and young adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Launching a new Pediatric Bone Marrow Outpatient Clinic that offers a wide range of experts and treatments
  • Being named a Certified Mitochondrial Medicine Center by the Mitochondrial Care Network
  • The Center for Pediatric Rheumatology becoming the largest pediatric rheumatology practice in Northeast Ohio
  • Earning $8 million in U.S. Department of Defense grants to support innovative clinical trials for young children with autism spectrum disorder

In April, Karen F. Murray, M.D., a national leader in pediatric gastroenterology, was named chair of the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute, Physician-in-Chief of Cleveland Clinic Children’s and President of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. Dr. Murray, who will arrive in July, has spearheaded efforts to wipe out hepatitis C by bringing two highly effective adult drugs to infected children.

Cleveland Clinic has cared for infants, children, and adolescents since its doors first opened in 1921. That history of pediatric caregiving has blossomed into Cleveland Clinic Children’s, standing today as one of America’s leading and largest providers of comprehensive pediatric care. Now, it’s more than 300 pediatricians, practitioners and specialists – and more than 50 outpatient sites – provide the full spectrum of primary, specialty, and subspecialty care to the largest patient population of any children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio.

According to U.S. News, the “Best Children’s Hospital” rankings score the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties, based on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings are currently published online – – and featured in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook, available in stores late September.


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About Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Cleveland Clinic Children’s supports 389 beds in four acute care hospitals and one post-acute specialty hospital. In addition, pediatric services are available at more than 50 outpatient clinic locations across Northeast Ohio. A staff of more than 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see 750,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for 13,000 children per year. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research and education. Cleveland Clinic Children’s consistently ranks among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Visit us online at and on Facebook at

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at

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