Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., was ranked No. 5 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings. This marks the sixth straight year Children’s National has made the list, which ranks the top 10 children’s hospitals nationwide. In addition, its neonatology program, which provides newborn intensive care, ranked No.1 among all children’s hospitals for the sixth year in a row.
For the twelfth straight year, Children’s National also ranked in all 10 specialty services, with seven specialties ranked in the top 10.
“In any year, it would take an incredible team to earn a number 5 in the nation ranking. This year, our team performed at the very highest levels, all while facing incredible challenges, including the ongoing pandemic, national workforce shortages and enormous stress,” said Kurt Newman, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Children’s National. “I could not be prouder of every member of our organization who maintained a commitment to our mission. Through their resilience, Children’s National continued to provide outstanding care families.”
“Choosing the right hospital for a sick child is a critical decision for many parents,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings spotlight hospitals that excel in specialized care.”
The annual rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals and recognizes the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals based on a scoring system developed by U.S. News.
The bulk of the score for each specialty service is based on quality and outcomes data. The process includes a survey of relevant specialists across the country, who are asked to list hospitals they believe provide the best care for patients with the most complex conditions.
The seven Children’s National specialty services that U.S. News ranked in the top 10 nationally are:
- Neonatology (No. 1), led by Division Chief Billie Lou Short, M.D.
- Neurology and Neurosurgery (No. 3), led by Division Chiefs William D. Gaillard, M.D., and Robert F. Keating, M.D.
- Nephrology (No. 5), led by Division Chief Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D.
- Cancer (No. 6), led by Division Chief Jeffrey S. Dome, M.D., Ph.D.
- Orthopedics (No. 7), led by Division Chief Matthew Oetgen, M.D., M.B.A.
- Pulmonology and Lung Surgery (Tied for No. 8), led by Division Chief Anastassios Koumbourlis, M.D., M.P.H.
- Diabetes and Endocrinology (No. 8), led by Division Chief Andrew Dauber, M.D., MMSc.