Credit: Elena Zhukova

The University of California’s three children’s hospitals – Davis, Los Angeles and San Francisco – all rank among the nation’s best in treating sick kids, according to the new 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

This year’s report, published today (June 21), can be viewed online at The rankings rely on both clinical data and reputation among pediatric specialists to identify the top 50 pediatric programs in the country in each of 10 specialties.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA were recognized for excellence in all 10 specialties, while UC Davis Children’s Hospital was ranked in five specialties. In addition, UC’s two other medical center campuses are affiliated with ranked children’s hospitals: UC San Diego is affiliated with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (ranked in nine specialties) and UC Irvine is affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (ranked in eight specialties).

“The Best Children’s Hospitals highlight pediatric centers that offer exceptional care for the kids who need the most help,” U.S. News health rankings editor Avery Comarow said in a statement. “Day in and day out, they deliver state-of-the-art medical care.”

The rankings for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals include diabetes and endocrinology (10), urology (15), cancer (16), nephrology (16), neonatology (17), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (18), neurology and neurosurgery (21), pulmonology (25), cardiology and heart surgery (38), and orthopedics (47).

The rankings for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA include nephrology (8), orthopedics (19), diabetes and endocrinology (21), cardiology and heart surgery (25), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (25), cancer (26), neurology and neurosurgery (31), urology (32), neonatology (37), and pulmonology (39).

UC Davis Children’s Hospital ranked 19th in neonatology, 29th in diabetes and endocrinology, and 43rd in nephrology. UC Davis Children’s Hospital also ranked 32nd in urology and 38th in orthopedics, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children-Northern California, its long-standing partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic disorders and urological issues.

The rankings for Rady Children’s include orthopedics (4), diabetes and endocrinology (16), neonatology (18), cancer (19), nephrology (20), neurology and neurosurgery (22), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (28), cardiology and heart surgery (32), and pulmonology (32).

The rankings for Children’s Hospital of Orange County include urology (22), pulmonology (26), orthopedics (29), neonatology (32), diabetes and endocrinology (40), neurology and neurosurgery (40), cancer (45), and gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (49).