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

10 pediatric specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50; 7 pediatric specialties scored better than any other children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio

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Rabi Hanna, M.D.

Rabi Hanna, M.D., shares a high-five with one of his patients.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been named a national leader in clinical care, according to U.S. News & Report’s 2020 – 2021 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s – an integral part of Cleveland Clinic, which was ranked as the nation’s No.4 hospital in 2019 by U.S. News – earned national recognition in 10 specialties: cancer (17), cardiology and heart surgery (15), diabetes and endocrinology (44), gastroenterology and GI surgery (12), neonatology (14), nephrology (35), neurology and neurosurgery (25), orthopedics (26), pulmonology (32)  and urology (23).

For 12 consecutive years, Cleveland Clinic Children’s has ranked among the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals. This year, four of those specialties ranked in the top 20 in the nation (cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, and cardiology and heart surgery) and seven of those specialties ranked as best in Northeast Ohio (cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI Surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology). No children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio ranked in more specialties than Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Karen Murray, M.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “This is a reflection of the dedication, compassion and hard work of our caregivers to provide the best, high-quality care to our patients and their families. While COVID-19 has transformed our world and the healthcare industry, it has not and will not impact our mission to continue to provide world class care.”

Over the past year, Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been at the forefront of clinical innovation and research in pediatrics. Hospital highlights include:

  • A multidisciplinary team of specialists repaired spina bifida birth defect prior to birth, in a nearly 23-week-old fetus.
  • An innovative split-liver and heart transplant surgery gave a young patient a second chance at life, with the best outcomes in the region.
  • Magnetic spinal rods help improve outcomes and quality of life for young patients with scoliosis.
  • A groundbreaking study showed that holding off a newborn’s first bath – 12 hours or more after birth – can improve breastfeeding rates.
  • A large data-mining study showed that digital conversations provide a needed emotional outlet for teens and adults coping with epilepsy.
Nathan Kraynack, M.D.

Nathan Kraynack, MD., examines a patient.

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 pediatric specialists and subspecialists– and more than 50 outpatient sites – provide the full spectrum of primary, specialty, and subspecialty pediatric care to the largest patient population of any children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio, and does so with the highest level of family-oriented care, as close to home as possible.

According to U.S. News, the “Best Children’s Hospital” rankings score the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties, based on clinical and quality 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. Pediatric specialists around the country are also asked to provide their opinions on the best hospitals based on their inside knowledge of the delivered healthcare.

The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings are published online at

Editor’s Note: High-definition b-roll of Cleveland Clinic Children’s is available for download HERE. More Cleveland Clinic Children’s story ideas can be found at Cleveland Clinic Children’s 2020-2021 U.S. News Rankings: Innovations, Patient Stories and Experts.


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