U.S. News Ranks Northwestern's Neurology and Neurosurgery among Nation's Top 10

Northwestern Medicine
Neurosciences July 16, 2014
Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s neurology and neurosurgery program has been ranked 10th in the country on the U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Hospitals specialty rankings released on Tuesday, July 15. This is the second consecutive year Northwestern Memorial has been recognized in the top 10 for neurology and neurological surgery, making it once again the highest ranked neuro program in Illinois and Chicago for the 8th consecutive year.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top ranked national program for two years in a row,” said Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, the chair of neurological surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Michael J. Marchese Professor and chair of the department of neurological surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “This ranking is a reflection of the superb talent within the departments of neurological surgery and neurology and follows Northwestern’s long standing tradition of excellence in clinical research and commitment to providing the very best care for our patients. I’m proud to be a part of this team.”

The Best Hospitals ranking, now in its 25th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. In addition to citing its Honor Roll, U.S. News evaluates hospitals within 16 adult specialties—Northwestern is ranked in all but two. Each specialty category ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes others as “High Performing.”  In all but two of the 14 specialties within which Northwestern is ranked, it ranks in the top 25 or higher—three of which are top 10. Those rankings include: cancer (17), cardiology and heart surgery (13), diabetes and endocrinology (8), ear, nose and throat (18), gastroenterology and GI surgery (12), geriatrics (11), gynecology (26), nephrology (14), neurology and neurosurgery (10), orthopaedics (15), pulmonology (22), urology (9) and rheumatology (13) and psychiatry is noted as high-performing.       

Objective measures including patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. Only about 3 percent of hospitals in the U.S. earned a national ranking in one or more specialties and only those ranking very highly in at least six specialties made the Honor Roll.     

“As these rankings show, we offer patients not only the best possible treatments of today, but also that we are working hard on the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow,” said Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD, chair of the department of neurology and director of the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases. “Working in partnership with Dr. Parsa, we are striving to become a model for a seamless integration of patient care and to be the premier destination for all aspects of neurological care.”   

Northwestern Memorial provides treatment for a full range of neurological disorders. Our physicians who are actively engaged in clinical research to advance new therapies and uncover the causes and cures of neurological diseases, while offering patients the latest and most sophisticated treatment and surgical options. The departments of neurological surgery and neurology feature subspecialists who collaborate to offer the highest level of care for patients with Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and neuro-oncology, headaches and migraines, spinal cord injury and other spine disorders, epilepsy/seizures, stroke, brain aneurysms and brain/spinal vascular malformations, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, as well as other neurological conditions.   

For more information about neurological care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital or to schedule an appointment, please call 312.926.0779.
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