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Rady Children’s Ranked Among the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals in the Nation for the First Time

Rady Children’s Hospital Achieves Honor Roll Status in U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Survey

San Diego, Calif. – June 21, 2023 — For the first time in its history, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has been named by U.S. News & World Report to its 2023-2024 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to only 10 children’s hospitals nationwide.

Rady Children’s had five specialties rank among the top 10 in the nation (Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery #3; Orthopedics #6; Neonatology #7; Neurology & Neurosurgery #8; Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders #8) and maintained its seven-year streak of achieving rankings in all 10 specialties surveyed. Only 23 hospitals nationwide were ranked in all 10 specialties.


Rady Children’s Hospital 2023–2024 complete rankings are as follows:

Program Ranking
Cardiology & Heart Surgery 3
Orthopedics 6
Neonatology 7
Neurology & Neurosurgery 8
Diabetes & Endocrinology 8
Nephrology 13
Urology 14
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery 17
Cancer 21
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 34

“I’m so proud of our incredible nurses, doctors, researchers and team members from every department and division across Rady Children’s and the UC San Diego School of Medicine,” said Patrick Frias, MD, President and CEO of Rady Children’s. “Achieving Honor Roll status is a tribute to their unwavering dedication to providing the highest level of care to our patients and families.”

U.S. News, together with RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 199 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. One hundred nineteen children’s hospitals completed the comprehensive survey comprised of more than 2,000 questions. Those awarded a “Best” designation excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care and expert opinion among pediatric specialists.

“For 17 years, U.S. News has provided comprehensive information to help parents of sick children and their doctors find the best children’s hospital to treat their illness or condition,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “Children’s hospitals that are on the Honor Roll transcend in providing exceptional specialized care.”

The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals

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About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is the largest children’s hospital on the West Coast and one of the nation’s top pediatric health care systems. Ranked as one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2023, Rady Children’s includes a 511-bed pediatric hospital that serves as the largest provider of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, southern Riverside and Imperial counties. With more than 40 locations, Rady Children’s is the only health system in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric health care and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission.

About U.S. News & World Report
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