Credit: UCLA Health

The University of California has two of the nation’s top 10 hospitals and all five of its medical centers rank among the nation’s best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey.

UCLA and UCSF medical centers ranked fifth and seventh in the nation, respectively, making U.S. News’ Honor Roll for the country’s top 20 hospitals that excel across multiple areas of care.

In California, U.S. News ranked all five UC medical centers in the top 10, including the top two: UCLA (1), UCSF (2), UC Davis (5), UC San Diego (6) and UC Irvine (10).

U.S. News also ranked UC medical centers No. 1 in their metropolitan areas – UC Davis in Sacramento, UCLA in Los Angeles, UC San Diego in San Diego and UCSF in San Francisco. UC Irvine Medical Center ranked best in Orange County and fifth in the Los Angeles metro area.

“The U.S. News rankings reflect the dedication of the people throughout UC Health to deliver the highest quality and service,” said Dr. John Stobo, UC Health executive vice president. “We are pleased with the rankings, which confirm our commitment to making patient care better.”

UCLA Health, with hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica, ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationally in 15 of the 16 medical specialties assessed by U.S. News. They include: geriatrics (2); urology (3); ear, nose and throat (4); cancer at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (5); gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (5); ophthalmology at the Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes (5); rheumatology (6); nephrology (7); psychiatry at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA (7); neurology and neurosurgery (8); pulmonology (9); gynecology (10); cardiology and heart surgery (12); orthopedics (18); and diabetes and endocrinology (27).

UCSF Medical Center also ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationally in 15 of the 16 specialties: nephrology (3); gynecology (4); neurology and neurosurgery (5); diabetes and endocrinology (6); urology (7); cancer (10); orthopedics (10); rheumatology (10); ear, nose and throat (11); ophthalmology (12); psychiatry (12); gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (15); geriatrics (15); pulmonology (19); and cardiology and heart surgery (45).

UC Davis Medical Center ranked nationally in 10 specialties: nephrology (10); geriatrics (17); orthopedics (20); pulmonology (20); urology (20); ear, nose and throat (24); cardiology and heart surgery (34); neurology and neurosurgery (34); gynecology (39); and cancer (40).

UC San Diego Health and its hospitals ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationally in eight specialties: pulmonology (11); nephrology (24); geriatrics (28); orthopedics (28); cardiology and heart surgery (31); cancer (35); neurology and neurosurgery (37); and urology (49).

UC Irvine Medical Center ranked nationally in two specialties: orthopedics (40) and ear, nose and throat (41).

“Barely 150 hospitals — about 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 we evaluated — were nationally ranked in even one specialty,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Even fewer excelled across numerous areas of care.”

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The rankings are available online at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for presale Aug. 1.