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Survey Ranks Rady Children’s Among Nation’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals in Neonatology, Orthopedics and Urology

Hospital Achieves Rankings in All 10 Pediatric Specialties Surveyed

San Diego, Calif.June 15, 2021 —U.S. News & World Report today announced the results of its comprehensive survey to identify the top children’s hospitals in the country in the new 2021–2022 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

For the fifth year in a row, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego was ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation in all 10 pediatric specialties surveyed. The Hospital’s Neonatology program was ranked as No. 5 in country, its Orthopedics program as No. 8, and its Urology program as No. 10.

This is the first time Rady Children’s has had three specialties rank in the top 10. A total of seven specialties were ranked among the top 20 in the nation.

Rady Children’s 20212022 rankings are as follows:
Neonatology 5
Orthopedics 8
Urology 10
Diabetes and Endocrinology 14
Neurology and Neurosurgery 17
Nephrology 18
Pulmonology and Lung Surgery 19
Cardiology and Heart Surgery 22
Gastroenterology and GI Surgery 31
Cancer 32

“It’s rewarding to know that, year after year, U.S. News continues to recognize our commitment to providing the highest level of care across the full spectrum of pediatric medicine,” said Rady Children’s President and CEO Patrick Frias, MD. “From rare conditions to routine visits, families can feel confident that Rady Children’s will always be here for them.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

“When choosing a hospital for a sick child, many parents want specialized expertise, convenience and caring medical professionals,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings have always highlighted hospitals that excel in specialized care. As the pandemic continues to affect travel, finding high-quality care close to home has never been more important.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. To calculate the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News gathered relevant data from children’s hospitals in early 2020 and from pediatric physicians and other health care organizations in 2021; because of the pandemic, data collection from children’s hospitals was not repeated in 2021.

RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 118 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. More than 100 pediatric specialists and other experts provided input through methodology working groups.

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About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 505-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only health system in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

About U.S. News & World Report:

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.