Hopkins gets top rating in survey by magazine Medical institutions cited in 41 specialty areas

September 05, 1996

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions have been rated first in the nation yet again -- this time in a survey of department heads at medical centers across the country. The survey appears in this month's American Health magazine.

The magazine asked department heads at 350 medical centers to nominate the best hospital in nearly 60 specialty fields. About 3,200 physicians responded.

Hopkins was cited in 41 specialty areas, more than any other institution. The University of California at San Francisco, the Mayo Clinic, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the hospitals affiliated with Harvard University were also highly rated.

Hopkins has placed first in the U.S. News & World Report's annual hospital ratings, a blend of reputation-based and empirical statistics, for each of the past six years. It ranked second seven years ago, in the magazine's first rankings.

The American Health rankings are based exclusively on surveys asking physicians to name medical centers that are national leaders in their fields.

"We are pleased that American Health has confirmed the findings of other objective surveys, and that is that Hopkins consistently ranks among the very best of medical centers," Hopkins spokeswoman Joann Rodgers said.

Of the nation's 6,000 hospitals, only 98 qualify for the American Health listings, which were based on methods devised by contributing editor Janice Hopkins Tanne.

The listing stemmed from information compiled by Tanne in her creation of a list of 1,000 top American doctors, which was published by the magazine in March.

The survey touted Hopkins' care in various specialties for both children and adults.

Adult specialties: AIDS, allergy and immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetic counseling, geriatrics, hematology, infectious diseases, infertility, neurology, neurosurgery, nuclear medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, medical oncology, surgical oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pulmonology, rheumatology, cardiothoracic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, thoracic surgery, transplants, and urology.

Children's specialties: allergy and immunology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetic counseling, hematology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pulmonology, and urology.

Pub Date: 9/05/96

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