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.