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U.S. News & World Report ranks Duke Hospital among the best

Posted July 17, 2012
Updated July 18, 2012

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Duke University Medical Center among the nation's Top 10 hospitals.

Duke is No. 8 in this year’s rankings, which were released Monday. The magazine also included Mass General, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in the Top 10.

Duke also ranked as the No. 1 hospital in state and in the Triangle. This is the 23rd consecutive year that Duke has been included in the magazine’s list of best hospitals in the country.

"These rankings recognize the outstanding medical care provided by Duke physicians and health care teams on behalf of patients in our community, state and nation," Dr. Victor J. Dzau, president and chief executive officer of Duke University Health System, said in a statement. "At a time of uncertainty in the nation's health care environment, Duke Medicine is committed to providing the best care to its patients."

The magazine assessed 16 medical specialties at each of the 5,000 hospitals in the U.S. that are evaluated. The combined assessments form the basis for the overall hospital ranking. Eight of those specialty areas at Duke made the Top 10, while four others placed highly.

Among the magazine's 2012-2013 specialty rankings for Duke are: pulmonology, No. 5; cardiology and heart surgery, No. 7; ophthalmology, No. 7; urology, No. 7; geriatrics, No. 8; gynecology, No. 8; orthopedics, No. 9; rheumatology, No. 10; nephrology, No. 13; cancer, No. 13; neurology and neurosurgery, No. 14.

University of North Carolina Hospitals ranked third in the state and second in the Triangle, while Durham Regional Hospital ranked fifth in the state and third in the Triangle.

Read the complete rankings at U.S. News & World Report.


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  • corgimom06 Jul 19, 2012

    I see a Duke neurologist for migraines, and while his bedside manner is not the best in the world, he has helped me more than any other neuro doctor I have been to. I am normally in and out of the clinic in less than an hour as well.

  • DogsRUs Jul 18, 2012

    If Duke would only pay and treat their workers that are in the lower echelon better, they might not have to pay the big bucks to advertise in the US News & World report in order to get those high rankings. Maybe they could someday become a "World Class" leader. I wonder how many patients become even sicker after their mistakes, especially in the billing and communication departments? And they are notorious for billing you for the mistakes that they made. For some reason the Administration just can't grasp that just because you build big shiny new buildings, doesn't make anything change when the level of care you received is no better than in the old buildings, just more expensive! Duke Bigger isn't always better, invest in people not buildings please :(

  • Sachseek Jul 18, 2012

    I completely agree that Duke and specifically Durham Regional Hospital is the best in the state and have good reason to be the best in the US. Cheers to NC leading the way in medicine and other advances.

  • aliput5 Jul 17, 2012

    I am very dissapoited with Duke. I have been to several different departments and I have been disappinted with the quality of care and lack of thoroughness. A rush out of the door after in some cases a wait of 2 hours to see someone. Ortho is the worst

  • mep Jul 17, 2012

    Duke docs are THE BEST. Sadly though... support staff appear overworked. Clinics routinely run HOURS behind schedule.... heck I have even been left in a patient room for two hours before someone asked if I was being helped. Turns out my chart got lost. Not too funny.

  • Moth Ball Jul 17, 2012

    Top ranked doctors. Too bad they don't pay support staff well enough to attract first class staff. They may be able to hire someone who actually knows what they're doing in the accounting department.

  • caniacfan Jul 17, 2012

    I've been to Duke with a relative as well as talking to several other people and we all agreed that the patient care was horrendous. A lot of this could be attributed to poor staffing levels thus allowing many things to fall between the cracks. There is no doubt Duke is a leader among the research, etc., but actual physician skills are probably just as good at many of the other hospitals in the state.

  • carrboroyouth Jul 17, 2012

    who is #2 in the state then??

  • this is my Screen Name Jul 17, 2012

    Guess Dzau will get yet another raise in his 2.5 million dollar paycheck.

  • pattip574 Jul 17, 2012

    Emergency room waits are long everywhere. If more people used their family doctor for nonemergent situations, it would free up those resources. What I do know is that Duke's ED staff (at least the ones I've dealt with) are downright mean. I hope it was just one crew and that the rest are more pleasant.