University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been ranked in six specialties in U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals

2017-18 6 SPECIALTIES Best Childrens Hospital badgeWashington, D.C. – June 27, 2017 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in six specialties in the new 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today.

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital ranked 34 in cancer, 48 in cardiology/heart surgery, 20 in neonatology, 21 in nephrology, 45 in pulmonology, and 36 in urology.

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. They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric centers.

The 11th annual rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“We are honored to continue to be ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States, and the only hospital in Iowa to be nationally ranked for children’s health care,” says Raphael Hirsch, MD, physician-in-chief of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and chair, UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. “This recognition is a true testimonial to our expertise in pediatric medicine and our continued commitment to children and their families.”

“The pediatric centers we rank in Best Children’s Hospitals deliver exceptionally high-quality care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals provide every day.”

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology considers clinical outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, efficiency and coordination of care delivery and compliance with "best practices.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure and patient volume, availability of programs for particular illnesses and conditions and much more can be viewed on  

This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook and available on newsstands September 12. Visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the complete rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.