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Six specialties at UNC Hospitals ranked among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report

CHAPEL HILL - Six medical specialties offered at the University of North Carolina Hospitals rank among the top 50 programs of their kind nationwide, reports the July 23/July 30 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

July 13,  2007

Six specialties at UNC Hospitals ranked among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report

CHAPEL HILL – Six medical specialties offered at the University of North Carolina Hospitals rank among the top 50 programs of their kind nationwide, reports the July 23/July 30 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
     
According to U.S. News, only 173 hospitals nationwide out of 5,462 that were evaluated scored highly enough to be ranked in one or more specialties.
     
To be eligible for ranking in 12 of the 16 specialties ranked by U.S. News, hospitals had to meet any of three standards: membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals, affiliation with a medical school, or availability of at least six out of 13 advanced services such as image-guided radiation therapy and robotic surgery. This year, more than three quarters of all hospitals failed to meet this requirement.
     
The UNC Hospitals programs, and their top-50 rankings, are:

  • Cancer, 40
  • Ear, Nose & Throat, 38
  • Gynecology, 24
  • Kidney Disease, 28
  • Respiratory Disorders, 25
  • Urology, 43

     
The magazine unveiled the rankings today (Friday, July 13) for its 18th annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue, which will appear on newsstands July 16. UNC Hospitals has been included in the rankings for the last 15 years in a row.
     
What follows are brief descriptions of each of UNC’s ranked programs.

CANCER (ranked 40):

Cancer care at UNC is coordinated through the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center by Dr. Richard Goldberg, associate director and physician-in-chief of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. The Center, established in 1975, is headed by Dr. Shelton Earp, director, and is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. UNC Lineberger holds two Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants, one of eight in the U.S. for breast cancer and one of four in the U.S. for GI cancers.
     
EAR, NOSE AND THROAT (ranked 38):
The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, headed by Dr. Harold C. Pillsbury III, has a long history of excellence dating back to the opening of N.C. Memorial Hospital in 1952. In recent years the department has become known as a leader in cochlear implant surgery, which enables many deaf people to regain a functional level of hearing.
     
GYNECOLOGY (ranked 24):
Gynecology services at UNC Hospitals are housed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, headed by Dr. Daniel Clarke-Pearson. The department is known as a leader in areas such as advanced laparoscopy and gynecologic surgery, treatment of gynecologic cancers and maternal-fetal medicine.
     
KIDNEY DISEASE (ranked 28):
Patients with kidney problems receive excellent care through UNC’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, headed by Dr. Ronald Falk. Care for kidney patients is provided in seven outpatient clinics, plus the UNC Hospitals kidney and kidney transplant wards and community-based dialysis units in Burlington, Carrboro, Sanford, Siler City, Yanceyville and Pittsboro.
     
RESPIRATORY DISORDERS (ranked 25)
The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, headed by Dr. James Donohue, offers a broad array of clinical service in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary and critical care disorders. UNC is recognized as a leading center for cystic fibrosis research and treatment and for lung transplantation. The division also provides treatment for sleep disorders, sarcoidosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and pulmonary hypertension. The faculty and staff also have considerable expertise and programs for common pulmonary problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, smoking cessation, pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary infections, including those due to bacteria and mycobacteria.

UROLOGY (ranked 43):
Urology services at UNC are provided by the Division of Urologic Surgery, headed by Dr. Culley Carson. The division’s faculty have expertise in all areas of clinical urology, and combine up-to-date knowledge of cutting-edge therapies with a solid understanding of standard practices.

Media contact:  Lynn Wooten, (919) 966-6046 or lwooten@unch.unc.edu    

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