U.S. News Names Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s #1 Pediatric Cancer Program

June 10, 2014

Ranked #1 for Pediatric Cancer

Boston Children’s is ranked #1 pediatric hospital and earns top ranking in seven other categories

BOSTON (June 10, 2014) — Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is the nation’s top pediatric cancer program, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Boston Children’s Hospital ranked first in eight of the ten categories — including cancer — that U.S. News evaluates, more than any other children’s hospital in the country.

“We are honored to be recognized for the unique strengths of our joint program, which marries a world-class cancer institution with a world-class pediatric hospital,” said David Williams, MD, chairman of hematology/oncology at Boston Children’s and associate chair of pediatric oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “We specialize in cancer, and we specialize in children.”

This joint program offers unique benefits for young cancer patients, said Lisa Diller, MD, chief medical officer of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s. “Dana-Farber gives patients access to cutting-edge cancer research and treatments,” she said. “Patients benefit from Boston Children’s Hospital physicians who specialize in cancer care within their broader specialties — including bone surgeons, brain surgeons, neurologists and cardiologists, for example. They all contribute to the care of children with cancer, and their specialties are being recognized as #1 by US News.”

In addition to cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and cardiology and heart surgery, Boston Children’s was ranked #1 in diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, and urology. It was third in pulmonology and fifth in neonatology. The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in these 10 categories. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.

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 http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.

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