UCSF Medical Center Ranks Among Top US Hospitals for 2019-2020

Places Among Nation’s Most Renowned for Excellence in 15 Adult Specialties

By Elizabeth Fernandez

a doctor adjusts a prosthetic leg for a patient

Osseointegration patient Carol Davis meets with Matthew Garibaldi, MS, CPO, director of the UCSF Orthotic and Prosthetic Centers, at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay in San Francisco. Photo by Barbara Ries

UCSF Medical Center has been recognized among the nation’s elite hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals survey, marking the 21st year that UCSF Health has been listed among the top 10 hospitals in the prestigious listings and best in Northern California.

In this year’s results, which were released July 30, UCSF ranked seventh on the national Best Hospitals Honor Roll and among the nation’s leading medical centers in all 15 specialties for which it was assessed. The rankings were drawn from evaluations of more than 4,650 hospitals across the country.


U.S. News Best Hospitals 2019-2020


Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.


Massachusetts General Hospital


Johns Hopkins Hospital


Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio


New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York


UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles


UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles


NYU Langone Hospitals
New York


Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Source: 2019-2020 U.S. News Best Hospitals survey

UCSF Medical Center ranked among the top 10 centers nationwide in 10 specialty areas: diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology (all ranked 3rd nationwide), orthopedics (4th), geriatrics (5th), nephrology (6th), rheumatology (7th), pulmonology (8th), ophthalmology and psychiatry (both 9th). It was the highest-ranking hospital in Northern California for cancer care (12th-tie) and gastroenterology and GI surgery (11th-tie), and was 13th (tie) in otolaryngology.

Additionally, UCSF received the highest possible ranking – high performing – in eight of nine common specialty procedures that were evaluated: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.

“It is deeply gratifying that we have been recognized so consistently among the very best hospitals in the country,” said Mark R. Laret, chief executive officer and president of UCSF Health, which includes UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

“This achievement is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to providing the best health care,” Laret said. “It also reflects the dedication and expertise of our clinical teams in the care they give, day after day, on behalf of our patients. We’re pleased to see that, once again, U.S. News has taken into account the higher risk level of our patients’ conditions and level of care that our teams provide.”

This is the 18th year since 2001 in which two UC Health hospitals – UCLA Medical Center and UCSF Medical Center – have claimed both of the top two spots among California’s best hospitals.

“We’re so proud of the entire UCSF Health team, whose work is at the heart of our mission,” said Sam Hawgood, MBBS, chancellor of UC San Francisco. “This shows their abiding commitment to excellence, and to advancing health through patient care, research and education.”

doctor talks with a patient

Umesh Masharani (left), MD, a UCSF endocrinologist who cares for patients with diabetes and thyroid disorders, treats Thomas Hennings, PhD, at UCSF Diabetes Care Center. Photo by Noah Berger

In a separate set of pediatric rankings in June, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals placed among the nation’s best in all 10 pediatric specialties surveyed. The pediatric list serves as a guide to hospitals that excel in treating children with the most challenging diagnoses.

U.S. News & World Report began ranking hospitals in 1990. The specialty rankings assess hospital performance in high-complexity areas of inpatient care and are designed to identify medical centers that treat the most serious or complicated patients, “whose illnesses pose unusual challenges because of underlying conditions, procedure difficulty, advanced age or other medical issues that add risk.”

They are published annually to help patients and their physicians make informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. This year, U.S. News made significant changes to its methodology, including the addition of patient experience into specialty rankings and creation of a more sophisticated risk model for specialty rankings.

UCSF Medical Center’s National Rankings

Diabetes & Endocrinology,
Best in the West

Neurology & Neurosurgery

Best in the West


Best in the West


Best in Northern California


Best in Northern California


Best in Northern California


Best in the West


Best in Northern California


Best in Northern California

Psychiatry, 2-way tie

Best in Northern California

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, 2-way tie

Best in Northern California

Cancer, 2-way tie

Best in Northern California

Ear, Nose & Throat, 2-way tie

Cardiology, 2-way tie


Best in San Francisco Metro Area

Complete rankings are available on the U.S. News & World Report website and will be published in the magazine’s “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook in late August.

UCSF Health is recognized worldwide for its innovative patient care, reflecting the latest medical knowledge, advanced technologies and pioneering research. It includes the flagship UCSF Medical Center, which is ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide, as well as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. These hospitals serve as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco, which is world-renowned for its graduate-level health sciences education and biomedical research. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area.