Boston Children’s Hospital #1 in 8 of 10 Specialties Ranked by U.S. News & World Report


Boston, Mass – June 10, 2014 - Boston Children’s Hospital ranks first in more specialties than any other pediatric hospital according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Boston Children’s ranks first in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Urology; third in Pulmonology; and fifth in Neonatology. Boston Children’s partners with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to operate the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

“We are honored that Boston Children’s Hospital is number one in eight of the 10 specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report,” says Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO of Boston Children’s. “Our clinicians focus on family-centered care, collaborating with parents and caregivers on each patient’s journey. These rankings are evidence that great things happen when we work together.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. 89 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.

“Many of the children we see have complex conditions that can cut across as many as a half-dozen specialties which makes excellence across specialties so important,” says Kevin Churchwell, MD, Executive Vice President, Health Affairs and COO of Boston Children’s. “These rankings recognize our exemplary ability to treat the ‘whole child’ and meet our patients’ needs.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.

Erin Tornatore

Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 13 members of the Institute of Medicine and 14 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 395 bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Boston Children’s is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about research and clinical innovation at Boston Children’s, visit: