Once Again, MD Anderson Rated Number One Cancer Hospital in US

Roxanne Nelson, RN, BSN

August 04, 2022

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has once again been named the number one ranked cancer hospital in America in the annual ratings from US News & World Report.

US News evaluated 914 hospitals and ranked the top 50 that treat cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, and breast, kidney, colon, prostate, pancreatic, head and neck, orthopedic, uterine, and ovarian cancers.

MD Anderson has been ranked as the number one or number two top hospital for cancer in the country every year since the postings began in 1990.

For the 2022–2023 ratings, the number-two ranked cancer hospital is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, took third place.

Rounding out the top five are Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts, and UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.

The rest of centers making the top 10 rankings for cancer are the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, California; Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania–Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri.

All the hospitals in the top 50 for cancer can be found here.

Mayo Top in Overall Rankings

In the overall ratings, the Mayo Clinic of Rochester took the top spot on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll.

The Best Hospitals specialty rankings assess hospital performance in 15 specialties or specialty areas, from cancer to urology. In 12 of them, the rank is determined by an extensive data-driven analysis that combines performance measures in three primary dimensions of healthcare: structure, process, and outcomes. The structural measures include hospital volume, nurse staffing, and other resources that define the hospital environment.

"This year's rankings, which marks the 33rd edition, showcase several methodology changes, including new ratings for ovarian, prostate, and uterine cancer surgeries that provide patients...with previously unavailable information to assist them in making a critical health care decision," a news release from the publication explained.

Additional expanded health equity measures assess "which hospitals provide more care to low-income patients and which have racial disparities in certain surgical outcomes," said the release. A new metric called "home time" determines how successfully each hospital helps patients return home.

Roxanne Nelson is a registered nurse and an award-winning medical writer who has written for many major news outlets and is a regular contributor to Medscape.

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