Magazine poll says Hopkins is nation's best hospital Doctors across the U.S. call Baltimore institution No. 1.

July 30, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore, the century-old institution where medical pioneers introduced such contributions as CPR, use of X-rays and dozens of other critical breakthroughs, ranks first in a listing of the 10 most prestigious hospitals in the United States, according to the Aug. 5 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Hopkins was selected in a nationwide survey of nearly 1,000 doctors who ranked the institution near the top in 13 of 15 medical specialties.

Hopkins was ranked best in the country for ophthalmology and urology.

The magazine's poll of 1,501 physicians -- 64 percent of whom responded -- placed Hopkins among the best in other major specialties: cancer, cardiology, AIDS, endocrinology (glands and hormones), gastroenterology (digestive system), gynecology, neurology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), pediatrics, psychiatry and rheumatology (joints, muscles and connective tissues).

The Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn., finished second in the survey, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston and the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Completing the top 10 were the Cleveland Clinic; Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York; Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.; Stanford University Hospital in California; and University of California, San Francisco.

The poll was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center, a social-science polling group at the University of Chicago.

The pollsters contacted 1,501 doctors who specialize in 15 areas of medicine and asked each one to list in no particular order the five leading hospitals in their specialties. In all, 965 physicians responded.

Hopkins was formally opened as a hospital in 1889 and was the scene for numerous medical discoveries. A total of 12 Nobel laureates are among people with Hopkins degrees or faculty experience.

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