Dana-Farber/Boston Children's nation’s #1 pediatric cancer program
June 18, 2019
U.S. News & World Report has named Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center the nation's #1 pediatric cancer program in its new 2019-20 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. This marks the fifth time since inception of the U.S. News pediatric specialty rankings in 2009 that Dana-Farber/Boston Children's has topped the pediatric cancer rankings.
Boston Children's Hospital remains the #1 pediatric hospital in the nation for the sixth year in a row in U.S. News's top hospital listings.
"We appreciate the U.S. News' continued recognition of our program," said David A. Williams, MD, president of Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. "Our goal is to continue to improve treatment options and find more cures for children with cancer through our investment in research and through the use of new discoveries in our clinical setting. This ranking recognizes the superb care delivered by our clinicians, subspecialists and support staff in the Jimmy Fund Clinic and Boston Children's Hospital, who deliver highly-personalized medicine to each patient."
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's brings together two internationally known research and teaching institutions that have provided comprehensive care for pediatric oncology and hematology patients since 1947. The Harvard Medical School affiliates share a clinical staff that delivers inpatient care and surgery at Boston Children's and most outpatient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
"We are truly honored to be recognized as the nation's leader in caring for pediatric cancer patients and families," said Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, President and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. "We are singularly focused on finding cures for cancer and delivering the best possible clinical care backed by the latest innovations in cancer research, and this honor is an affirmation of the work of our faculty and staff."
Scott Armstrong, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber, added, "The top ranking of our program is a testament to the compassion and commitment of the nurses, physicians, scientists and support staff in our program. This group strives, on a daily basis, to provide the best, most innovative and effective treatments for children with cancer."
Overall, U.S. News ranked Boston Children's first in Cancer, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics and Urology; second in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neonatology; third in Pulmonology; fourth in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; and fifth in Cardiology & Heart Surgery.
The 13th annual rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties. 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 in consultation with their doctors and other medical professionals. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.
The U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.