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

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

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been named a national leader in clinical care, according to U.S. News & Report’s 2021 – 2022 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings.

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 ranked by U.S. News: cancer (18), cardiology & heart surgery (16), diabetes & endocrinology (43), gastroenterology & GI surgery (13), neonatology (14), nephrology (33), neurology & neurosurgery (27), orthopedics (29), pulmonology (35)  and urology (22). 

For 13 consecutive years, Cleveland Clinic Children’s has ranked among the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals. Not only are all 10 of Cleveland Clinic Children’s ranked specialties listed among the top 50 in the nation, but for the third consecutive year, four specialties have ranked in the top 20 in the nation (cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery and neonatology).

Regionally, Cleveland Clinic Children’s has also been recognized as the No. 3 (tie) pediatric hospital in the Midwest, and No. 3 in Ohio. In Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Children’s ranked as best in seven of the specialties (cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, gastroenterology & GI Surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, and urology). No children’s hospital in Northeast Ohio ranked in more specialties than Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

“Our Cleveland Clinic Children’s caregivers are committed to a shared sense of purpose for our youngest patients,” said Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D. “Year after year, our pediatric specialists yield patient outcomes that are among the best in the country. Even in the midst of a pandemic, they delivered high-quality, compassionate care.”  

“We are honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Karen Murray, M.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “This is a reflection of our dedicated caregivers who serve to improve the health of children, from routine care to the most specialized care for the child and their family. Our mission extends to include: research to advance available treatments, education of future healthcare providers, and advocacy for our community’s children.”

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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 specialist’s removed a large, right-sided lung mass in a partially delivered fetus, enabling a safe birth.
  • As the only one in Ohio performing both adult and pediatric living-donor liver transplants; the living liver donor program offers a life-saving alternative when time matters the most.
  • Spine-straightening “tethering” surgery helps improve outcomes and quality of life for young patients with scoliosis.
  • Researchers create a novel zebrafish model to study Ewing Sarcoma, a pediatric cancer with a five-year survival rate of less than 30% for patients with metastatic disease.
  • Pediatric orthopedic surgeons worked to reduce unnecessary opioid exposure by standardizing pain protocols.
  • The best surgical outcomes in the country for children with congenital heart disease.

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

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 – now in its centennial year – 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 70,800 employees worldwide are more than 4,660 salaried physicians and researchers, and 18,500 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,500-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 19 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2020, there were 8.7 million total outpatient visits, 273,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 217,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at

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