Duke University Hospital ranked 10th best in country

Posted July 16, 2009

— Duke University Hospital has been named one of the top 10 best hospitals in America in U.S. News & World Report's annual best hospital edition, the hospital announced Thursday.

Duke tied for 10th place overall and ranks among the top 10 in eight of the 16 specialties measured. Duke is the only hospital in North Carolina and the Southeast ranked among the top 10 in the country.

The rankings for individual specialties were:

  • Gynecology – No. 4
  • Geriatrics – No. 5
  • Orthopaedics – No. 6
  • Respiratory Disease/ Pulmonary – No. 6
  • Urology – No. 6
  • Ophthalmology – No. 7
  • Heart & Heart Surgery – No. 8
  • Cancer – No. 9
  • Kidney Disorders – No. 11
  • Psychiatry – No. 13
  • Digestive Disorders – No. 17
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery – No. 18
  • Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders – No. 22

The U.S.News & World Report's rankings appear in the July 16 issue and are available online at The issue is schedule to be on newsstands by July 20, 2009.

All of the 21 medical centers named as the part of the honor roll this year had to demonstrate a breadth of excellence by achieving a high ranking in no fewer than six of the 16 specialties, according to the magazine.


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  • veyor Jul 21, 2009

    # 1 in hydraulic fluid use

  • NCPACKER Jul 21, 2009

    Wow! Is anybody happy with Duke Hospital? Don't think I want to be a patient there!

  • adotd Jul 21, 2009

    Seems like I'm not the only one that had problems with Duke!!! I'm at Wake Heart & Vascular now and wish I had switched earlier!

  • itsnotmeiswear Jul 21, 2009

    My teenage daughter followed a Duke doctor's plan for a problem she was having for 3 months and $3K. We got nervous with no improvment and went to UNC. They fixed the problem with an office visit and the right question.

  • Boo Jul 20, 2009

    From personal experience I think Duke is a terrible hospital so if Duke is one of the top ten then think about how bad the other hospitals must be.

  • scientistjo Jul 17, 2009

    affirmativediversity beat me to it! I guess a little elevator hydraulic fluid is OK.

  • Hagar the Terrible Jul 17, 2009

    Pediatric GI Chief Dr. Did nothing for my daughter except cause her more pain and discomfort, we went to UNC Peds, a world of difference in care, not happy with Duke.

  • wkp01 Jul 17, 2009

    I spent 21 days at Duke June 1993. I was there for a pancreas problem. The first week after I was released from Duke, a nurse from the Bilary Dept. called to apologize for that department, which specializes in pancreas problems, never did see me. I thought with all the tests I was having while I was there that I was being examined for the problem. I hope that the hospital has improved since then. Guess it has to be awarded those scores. Thank God!!

  • dukern14 Jul 17, 2009

    Duke is no better than any other area hospital. The hospital is also filthy and the housekeeping and dietary staff are the rudest I've ever come across. Duke does not care about their employees, as their nurses are the lowest paid in the area. The system as a whole only cares about how much money they are profiting. They also treat high profile patients as kings, and pull out all the stops while the "regular" patients just get the basic level of care.

  • affirmativediversity Jul 17, 2009

    Did that ranking come before or after they sterilized their surgical instruments in hydraulic fluid?