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Expert physicians backed by national rankings

| Indianapolis—For the 14th consecutive year, Indiana University Health-Indiana University School of Medicine specialty programs have ranked among the nation’s top programs in U.S.News Media & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospital rankings, available online at and featured in the August print issue of U.S.News available on newsstands August 30. Indiana University Health is the only nationally ranked health system in Indiana.

IU Health-IU School of Medicine clinical programs nationally ranked and their numerical rankings are:

  • Urology – 14th
  • Gastroenterology – 16th
  • Geriatrics – 25th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – 33rd
  • Pulmonology – 37th
  • Ear, Nose & Throat – 37th
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – 47th
  • Orthopedics – 48th

U.S.News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for almost 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 140 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties.

Ranked specialties include cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose, and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonology; rehabilitation; rheumatology; and urology.

“We are honored to be recognized again by U.S.News Media & World Report,” said Daniel F. Evans, president and chief executive officer, IU Health. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work our physicians and clinical staff perform on a daily basis to improve the health of our patients from Indiana and beyond. It’s their dedication to quality patient care that puts us in the national spotlight and underscores our designation as a preeminent healthcare system.”

In June, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health ranked nationally in all ten designated specialties in U.S.News Media & World Report’s 2011-2012 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals:

  • Urology – 3rd
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – 12th
  • Pulmonology – 12th
  • Nephrology – 23rd
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery – 25th
  • Gastroenterology – 27th
  • Cancer – 28th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – 28th
  • Neonatology – 30th
  • Orthopedics – 31st

"The exemplary quality of patient care provided by our physicians, nurses and other health providers is reflected in these rankings,” said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean, Indiana University School of Medicine, and vice president for University Clinical Affairs, Indiana University. “This recognition is why patients continue to come to IU Health from every county in Indiana, every state in the U.S. and over 20 foreign countries. I am pleased we are receiving the recognition that patients and referring physicians have appreciated for some time.”

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age.

“These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”


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