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The cancer center ranks among top 50 nationwide

July 15, 2014

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(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is ranked the #1 hospital for cancer in the Sacramento area and the 34th in the nation based on the annual U.S. News Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings, released July 15. The national U.S. News & World Report rankings recognize hospitals for cancer that have exceptional survival rates, advanced technologies, high nurse-to-patient ratios, special patient services and that treat difficult cases. UC Davis is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Sacramento area and one of only two such centers in Northern California.

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“I am thrilled that the cancer center ranked 34th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report," said said Ralph de Vere White, cancer center director and distinguished professor of urology. "This recognition, in part, reflects our leadership in the field of cancer research and cancer care. Our excellent performance in treating patients with advanced cancer also was recently highlighted by the Commission on Cancer, and we are proud to report the award of three major National Cancer Institute grants to conduct phase I, II and III clinical trials, and our leadership of two of them. All of this is very gratifying.”

US News also ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation’s best hospitals for 2014-15 in nine adult medical specialties and designated as high performing in the Diabetes & Endocrinology and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery categories.

U.S. News & World Report category and UC Davis Medical Center ranking:
Gynecology, 35
Cardiology & Heart Surgery, 24
Nephrology, 19
Pulmonology, 15
Orthopedics, 26
Ear, Nose & Throat, 31
Neurology & Neurosurgery, 42
Geriatrics, 25
Urology, 48

For 2014-15 rankings, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 144, or 3 percent, of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“The data tell the story — a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor, Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

Last month, U.S. News ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best in four pediatric subspecialties: 22nd in orthopaedics, 23rd in nephrology, 28th in neonatology and 47th in urology.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. In 2014-15, UC Davis ranked sixth in California and first in the Sacramento region.

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. For more information, visit