The United States has excellent hospitals across the country, many of them affiliated with top universities. Picking the best is a difficult task, but among the top 10 hospitals are certainly the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Top 10 Hospitals

Each of the top 10 hospitals has its own unique accomplishments, areas of focus and affiliations. The following looks at the best US hospitals, taken from rankings by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek.

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, Minnesota

The Mayo Clinic is a general medical and surgical facility. The hospital includes one of the world’s largest departments of endocrinology, which treats diabetes. The Mayo Clinic is also known for its Healthy Living Program that advocates exercise, nutrition and mind-body practice. The clinic has hospitals in Jacksonville, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Mayo Clinic Health System has hospitals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts General Hospital is a teaching hospital for Harvard University Medical School. It also is a general medical and surgical facility. Massachusetts General is well-known for its treatments in a number of areas, including cancer, neurological issues, heart disease, orthopedics, transplantation, urologic diseases, and trauma care. 

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins Hospital is the teaching hospital for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It is one of five hospitals that are part of the Johns Hopkins system, including Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Clinic includes the Taussig Cancer Institute, Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Children’s and Pediatric Institute, and the Centers for Geriatric and Diabetes Care. There are 11 hospitals and 18 health centers that are part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

New York City, New York

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital was created after a merger between New York Hospital and The Presbyterian Hospital in 1998. It is a teaching hospital affiliated with Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Among its notable achievements is the development, by Dr. George Papanicolaou, of the Pap smear test for cervical cancer. The Presbyterian Hospital also was the first to perform pediatric heart transplant surgery, done in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center.

UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, California

UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital for the University of California – Los Angeles. It is part of a network of hospitals throughout Southern California that includes Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital; and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. The UCLA Medical Center is known for many programs, including the Risk Factor Obesity program that supports patients with guidance on limiting calories, physical activity, and behavior modification.

UCSF Medical Center

San Francisco, California

The UCSF Medical Center is a teaching hospital with three main campuses: the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights; the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Among other notable facilities, the Mount Zion campus has the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine that combines modern medicine with globally-minded healing practices.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, California

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is part of a healthcare system that includes 40 locations. The medical center system has many notable facilities. For example, the Kerlan-Jobe Institute, Cedars-Sinai provides official team orthopedists for three Los Angeles’ sports teams – the Clippers, Dodgers, and Rams. Doctors at Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai have performed more of two kinds of valve procedures – percutaneous mitral valve repairs and aortic valve replacements – than anywhere else in the U.S.

NYU Langone Hospitals

New York City, New York

The main hospital in the NYU Langone Hospitals system is Tisch Hospital, which is the teaching hospital for the NYU School of Medicine. Other campuses in Manhattan include Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Notable graduates of the NYU School of Medicine include Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin, who developed the polio vaccine.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, Illinois

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s  Feinberg School of Medicine. The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is among the most notable parts of the hospital system. Northwestern Memorial is also known for performing the first trans myocardial laser revascularization, an alternative heart procedure that is less invasive than surgery or angioplasty.

While these are generally considered the top 10 hospitals in the country, there are many more that provide excellent healthcare services, including surgical procedures and cutting-edge treatment plans.

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