U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases its rankings of the best pediatric hospitals throughout the country. This list is based on key clinical data from nearly 200 medical centers through a detailed survey that looks at measures such as patient safety, infection prevention, and adequacy of nurse staffing. It’s also based on surveys of more than 11,000 pediatric specialists who are asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

Getting a spot on the list is no easy feat. In 2019, only 84 children’s hospitals were ranked in at least one of the pediatric specialties U.S News evaluates. Of those, just 10 pediatric hospitals earned a place on the magazine’s Honor Roll by ranking high in multiple specialties.

Number 1 pediatric hospital in the U.S.

In 2020, for the seventh year in a row, Boston Children’s Hospital was named the #1 pediatric hospital in the country, making it the clear destination for families seeking answers about their child’s health.

We ranked in the top ten in every pediatric specialty: Cancer (#2), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#4), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#2), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#2), Neonatology (#6), Nephrology (#1), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#1), Orthopedics (#2), Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#1) and Urology (#1).

For us, these rankings are important not because of the badge or a set of numbers, but because they signify the trust our patients and their families place in us when they choose Boston Children’s.

Every day, families look to Boston Children's for answers, and they look to us for hope. And every day, they inspire us to meet that challenge by seeing beyond the limitations the rest of the world places on what’s possible. They inspire us to be creative and research the answers to unanswerable questions. They inspire us to do more as a team than any of us could possibly achieve as individuals. And they inspire us to believe that we can do more — that we must do more — for them and for each other.