Urology’s ranking at No. 17 is its highest since the department’s inception in 1958. Li-Ming Su, M.D., chair of the UF College of Medicine’s department of urology, said he is extremely proud and excited for the department and its residency program. He said the department’s superb staff works tirelessly and places patients first.
“Each individual in our department, clinic and operating rooms has contributed to our mission of providing the highest-quality experience for each patient who visits our center at UF Health,” Su said. “We are committed to remaining highly accessibly by providing timely, consistent and superb care for the patients referred to our center by physicians locally, regionally and nationally. To be recognized as a Top 20 urology program in the nation is a testament to the program’s culture of compassion and dedication to excellence that each member of our team lives by.”
Cancer jumped nine spots from the 2019-20 U.S. News survey, while pulmonology and lung surgery, in addition to urology, both moved up seven places.
“I’m very gratified that the U.S. News survey has recognized how the UF Health Cancer Center has increased its impact though expansion of clinical services, enhanced clinical trials offerings with an emphasis on refractory tumors and a signature program on brain tumors, and augmented community engagement and community-oriented research,” said Jonathan D. Licht, M.D., director of the UF Health Cancer Center.
“We are making real differences in the lives of cancer patients and their families in North Central Florida,” he added. “Our U.S. News ranking is a recognition of our efforts to elevate all aspects of cancer care and research at the University of Florida.”
In the procedures and conditions ratings, UF Health Shands was ranked high performing in seven out of nine areas, up from five last year. They are abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
“We all understand the important role we play both in our local community and in the region, and with that comes great responsibility,” said Joseph A. Tyndall, M.D., M.P.H., interim dean of the UF College of Medicine. “I thank our faculty and staff for their unwavering dedication to the best possible care in every patient encounter, from the most routine to the most complex. It is teamwork and this commitment to excellence that brings such national recognition to UF Health’s premier clinical care, education and research programs.”
The Best Hospitals rankings are based on measures such as survival rates, patient safety and specialized staff across 16 adult medical specialties at nearly 5,000 medical centers. U.S. News also analyzed survey responses from thousands of physicians as part of the rankings.
Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville tied with UF Health Shands as the top Florida hospital in 2020-21.