University of California hospitals again are ranked among the best in the state and the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals survey, recognizing the world-class care they bring to California. Four UC hospitals are in California’s top six, and all rate nationally in multiple specialties for treating patients with complex, high-risk conditions.
Two UC hospitals also are included in the Best Hospitals Honor Roll – UCLA Health at No. 5 and UCSF Health at No. 12. This ranking is the 33rd consecutive year that UCLA Health has been on the national Honor Roll, a distinction reserved for only 20 of the nation’s highest performing hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. This year, data was assessed from approximately 4,500 hospitals.
All UC hospitals distinguished themselves by being nationally ranked in two or more specialties. Only 164 of the hospitals evaluated were rated in the top 50 in at least one specialty. The neurology and neurosurgery program at UCSF Health is recognized as No. 2 in the nation. This is the 26th year that the UCSF Medical Center has been among the top five hospitals nationwide in neurology and neurosurgery.
“UC academic health centers are at the forefront of how we’re delivering on our mission to improve the health of Californians. As these rankings show, our teams are among the best in the nation in numerous specialties. The quality care they provide is a critical resource for people in our state,” said Carrie L. Byington, M.D., executive vice president of University of California Health. “I congratulate everyone on our teams and thank our patients for trusting us with their care.”
The rankings for each of the medical centers are:
- UC Davis Health’s Medical Center again ranks as the No. 1 hospital in the Sacramento metro area while also moving up the state rankings to No. 6. The medical center has been the No. 1 hospital in Sacramento for at least the last 11 years, and among the top 10 in the state for the past nine years. The medical center ranked nationally in nine areas of specialty care: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; obstetrics and gynecology; orthopedics; pulmonology and lung surgery. It was also rated as high performing – the highest rating – in 13 common adult procedures and conditions.
- UCI Health’s Medical Center moved up to No. 6 in the Los Angeles metropolitan region and No. 13 among hospitals in the state. The medical center has been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for 22 consecutive years. The hospital was nationally ranked in three specialties: cancer; geriatrics; and obstetrics and gynecology. Additionally, UCI Health, the only academic health center in Orange County, was recognized as high performing in 10 adult specialties and procedures/conditions.
- UCLA Health secured the highest spot for UC on the national Honor Roll, coming in at No. 5, and ranked in the top two in California and in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. UCLA Health earned top 10 national rankings in 11 specialties: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; obstetrics and gynecology; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonology and lung surgery; and rheumatology. UCLA Health comprises four hospitals on two campuses — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital on the University’s main campus, and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
- UC San Diego Health again ranked No. 1 in San Diego and No. 5 in California. UC San Diego Health, the only academic health center in its region, was noted among the best in the nation in 10 specialty care areas: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; obstetrics and gynecology; orthopedics; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology and lung surgery; and urology. The health system is also rated as high performing in 17 common adult procedures and conditions. UC San Diego Health comprises UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and Jacobs Medical Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Institute, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, and the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, all in La Jolla.
- UCSF Health’s Medical Center ranked nationally as the No. 2 hospital nationwide in neurology and neurosurgery and was No. 12 overall. It was the No. 4 hospital in California, the best hospital in the San Francisco metropolitan area and the only hospital in Northern California to be ranked among the nation's best in all 14 areas in which it was assessed. UCSF Medical Center is among the nation's top 10 in eight areas: diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; psychiatry; pulmonology and lung surgery; and rheumatology. It was recognized as high performing in 16 procedures and conditions.
U.S. News & World Report has been publishing its Best Hospitals report for three decades to help make hospital quality more transparent and assist patients in making informed health care decisions. The rankings are based on quantitative measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, hospital volume and nurse staffing, among other care-related indicators. Additionally, the report considers input from physicians across the nation who respond to a survey asking them to name the hospitals to which they would be inclined to refer their sickest patients. More details about U.S. News & World Report’s methodology can be found on its website.
About University of California Health
University of California Health comprises six academic health centers, 20 health professional schools, a Global Health Institute and systemwide services that improve the health of patients and the University’s students, faculty and employees. All of UC’s hospitals are ranked among the best in California and its medical schools and health professional schools are nationally ranked in their respective areas.