Doctors’ choice

Best hospitals in America as chosen by doctors

Doctors give their recommendations on the best hospitals for specific treatments.

Medically respected expertise, such as physician credentials and published outcomes, is the most important factor to physicians in choosing a hospital, according to a pair of recent Medscape surveys that over 11,000 physicians completed.

The surveys asked physicians which hospital they’d go to themselves or send a family member to if they received a complex medical diagnosis, assuming that nothing stood in the way of treatment. Physicians answered this question for a variety of conditions and procedures, and Medscape published the results as the best hospitals for non-cancer conditions and procedures and the best hospitals for cancer treatment.

Below are the hospitals physicians chose for cardiac conditions and infectious diseases. High-profile hospitals and those tied to well-known universities tended to receive higher rankings.

Top hospitals as chosen by physicians:
For cardiac conditions For infectious diseases
#1 Cleveland Clinic #1 Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus
#2 Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus #2 (tie) Johns Hopkins Hospital
#3 Massachusetts General Hospital #2 (tie) Massachusetts General Hospital
#4 New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center #4 (tie) Cleveland Clinic
#5 (tie) Stanford Hospital #4 (tie) Emory University Hospital
#5 (tie) Brigham and Women’s Hospital #6 Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
#5 (tie) Johns Hopkins Hospital #7 (tie) New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
#8 (tie) Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania #7 (tie) Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
#8 (tie) Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
#8 (tie) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Source: Medscape Physicians’ Choice: Top Hospitals for Key Conditions and Procedures (Non-cancer)

For more information, see Medscape’s full reports on the top hospitals for non-cancer conditions and procedures and the top hospitals for cancer treatment.

Further reading:

America’s best hospitals, as ranked by U.S. News

How this DO hospitalist became a quality improvement expert

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