Cleveland Clinic Children’s 2021-2022 U.S. News Rankings: Innovations, Patient Stories and Experts

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For the 13th consecutive years, Cleveland Clinic Children’s is ranked among the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s – an integral part of Cleveland Clinic, which was ranked as the nation’s No.2 hospital in 2020 by U.S. News – earned national recognition in all 10 specialties.

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 sub-specialty care to the largest patient population of any children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio.

Innovations & Inspiring Patient stories

Surgery Removes Large Mass on Baby’s Lung Before Birth
Twenty-seven weeks into her pregnancy, Adrianna and her husband, Micah, learned their baby had a life-threatening mass on his lung. Ten weeks later, doctors partially delivered the baby via C-section. While he was still connected to the umbilical cord, and able to receive oxygen and nutrients from the placenta, Dr. Darrell Cass performed EXIT-to-resection. This meant opening the baby’s chest and removing the mass. The outcome was everything Adrianna and Micah could have hoped for – Maverick is alive and thriving.

Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic/Adrianna Mashburn

Ballerina With Scoliosis Dances Again After Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Since age 3, Aubrey has loved dance and is driven to master pointe ballet. Her dream was nearly derailed when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Over the years her curvature increased to more than 40 degrees. Many patients with severe scoliosis require spinal fusion surgery, which would have ended Aubrey’s ballet career. Instead, Dr. Ryan Goodwin performed a surgical treatment called tethering, which gave Aubrey the flexibility to keep dancing.

Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic

Uncle’s Living Donor Liver Donation Saves Toddler’s Life
At 17 months old, Brooks was dying from acute liver failure. He needed a liver transplant to survive. Doctors needed to find a match quickly, but Brooks’ parents were ruled out for medical reasons. That’s when his Uncle Grant stepped in. Just an hour after Grant found out he was a donor match for Brooks, they were wheeled into separate operating rooms. The living donor liver transplant didn’t just save Brooks’ life. It also saved Grant’s.

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“Superman” Charles Stays Strong Despite Autism and Two Rounds with Cancer
Superman is Charles Gore III’s favorite superhero. The Man of Steel and the 28-year-old West Virginia resident, who has battled hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma for four years, have a lot in common: toughness, determination and a never-say-die attitude. Those attributes, along with the loving support of his family and friends and a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, enabled Charles – who also has autism — to proudly ring a celebratory bell in mid-October 2020, indicating he has no evidence of cancer.

Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic

Girl Born with Aortic Narrowing Defect, Thrives After Heart Transplant
Alivia’s heart was functioning at less than 5%. As she approaches the sixth anniversary of her heart transplant, this 7-year-old is conquering major milestones and living life to the fullest.

Courtesy: Nicole Maurer

Boy is Seizure-Free After Brain Surgery to Treat Epilepsy
When the epilepsy specialists at Cleveland Clinic Children’s found a tiny, blurry spot on a high-resolution MRI image, it changed the life of 4-year-old Eviatar. Up until that point, he was burdened by epileptic seizures that occurred 10 to 15 times per day. He underwent epilepsy surgery, and within a few days, Eviatar was discharged from the hospital. To date, he has not experienced another seizure.

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Research & Highlights

Researchers Create Novel Zebrafish Model to Study Ewing Sarcoma
Ewing Sarcoma is a pediatric cancer with a five-year survival rate of less than 30% for patients with metastatic disease. Unlike other pediatric cancers, there are few models to study EWS. Zebrafish share similar genetic structure to humans, and are almost transparent so their organs can been seen during research.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons Reduce Unnecessary Opioid Exposure
Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopaedics standardized pain protocols, and are researching ways to help reduce opioid consumption.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Healthcare Program Receives $2 Million Donation from Meijer
Meijer has donated $2 million to Cleveland Clinic Children’s school-based healthcare program which provides medical care to children while they are at school. The support from Meijer will be used to purchase a mobile unit that will visit school districts in Northeast Ohio regularly throughout the school year to provide any needed healthcare. This will be Cleveland Clinic Children’s second unit and will help expand services into the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.