U.S. News & World Report has named the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery among the top 50 ear, nose and throat programs nationwide.
“Credit needs to be given to our talented faculty and dedicated nursing staff, as well as our excellent cadre of residents and support staff,” said Professor and Chair John L. Dornhoffer, M.D. “Rankings are based on several metrics, including national reputation among board-certified otolaryngologists. We cover all the subspecialties in our field, and our faculty are fellowship trained and respected for their expertise. They publish textbooks and dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts each year and lecture internationally. Equally as important, they are consistently rated well on patient satisfaction surveys.”
The department was ranked 42nd in the nation on the 2019-20 list, which was released July 30.
In addition, UAMS Medical Center ranked as the best hospital in the state. Other UAMS services and procedures singled out as “high performing” include:
- Cancer services at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
- Colon cancer surgery
- Heart failure
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Lung cancer surgery
“The world now knows what we know — wonderful things are happening here at UAMS thanks to the dedicated work of our health care professionals and support staff, their innovative approach to care, and their commitment to elevating the health of all Arkansans,” said UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA. “I congratulate each and every member of Team UAMS for this accomplishment.”
The Best Hospitals ranking indicates quality complex care for challenging health conditions and for common elective procedures. “High performing” ratings designate specialty care that is significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators. These rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures.
For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine procedures and conditions. The state rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.