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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Ranks in 8 Specialties in 2020–2021 U.S. News & World Report Honors

Posted on Jun 16, 2020

U.S. News & World Report ranked Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in eight specialties, more than any other Florida hospital and more than Johns Hopkins All Children’s has ever ranked for in a single year. 

The magazine’s 14th annual ranking lists Johns Hopkins All Children’s among the top 50 in these areas:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery #27
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology #33
  • Nephrology #39
  • Cancer #41
  • Neonatology #44
  • Urology #46
  • Pulmonology and Lung Surgery #47
  • Orthopaedics #50

“We are humbled and honored by this recognition of the depth and breadth of services we offer to this community and its children and families,” says Thomas Kmetz, president of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “There is much uncertainty in the world right now with COVID-19, but families can be assured that we are here to take care of their kids as we have been for nearly 100 years.”

U.S. News & World Report compiles its rankings by gathering data from more than 100 children’s medical centers throughout the country and surveying pediatric specialists.

The neurology and neurosurgery programs are part of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences headed by George Jallo, M.D., a neurosurgeon who joined the hospital in 2015. They have been ranked in three of the past four years with this year’s ranking as their highest ever. The programs promote healthy neurodevelopment early in life and provide state-of-the-art care for children with brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries and other brain conditions to ensure the best possible recovery.

The endocrinology and diabetes program ranks for the first time. It provides diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for children, teens and young adults with endocrine and diabetes disorders. 

Nephrology, which is a partnership with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, ranks for the second time in three years and is the only pediatric nephrology program in the state to be ranked this year. It provides comprehensive medical care for children with acute and chronic diseases of the kidney system, including congenital malformations of the kidney, polycystic kidney disease, chronic renal insufficiency, acute renal failure, hypertension, electrolyte disorders and other problems.

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute is the first certified pediatric center in Florida to offer CAR-T cell therapy to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It ranks for the second year in a row and fifth time overall. It is the only pediatric cancer program in Florida to be ranked this year.

The neonatology program offers expertise in premature, very low and extremely low birth weight babies in the 97-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on the hospital’s main campus, which has a Level IV ranking, the highest available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The team also manages more than 100 beds at eight affiliated Level I-III NICU network hospitals in the region. It is in the U.S. News rankings for the third time in five years.

The urology program is a collaboration with Children’s Urology Group, providing laparoscopic and minimally-invasive surgical services for a variety of urologic conditions. It appears in the rankings for the fifth time overall and is the highest ranked pediatric urology program in Florida this year.

The pulmonology and cystic fibrosis program began offering a new drug therapy last fall that will help an estimated 90% of cystic fibrosis patients. The program also treats several other lung diseases and respiratory disorders from severe asthma to bronchopulmonary dysplasia. It ranks for the second year in a row and fifth time overall. 

The orthopaedics program is a collaboration with Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates. It specializes in the care of orthopaedic conditions, including scoliosis and limb deformity; congenital anomalies such as clubfoot and hip dysplasia; problems of the hand, foot and knee; and acute injuries such as sports injuries, fractures and trauma. It has ranked four of the past five years and five times overall.

More than 100 pediatric hospitals across the country participate in the survey each year, including the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, which ranked nationally in 10 specialty areas. Since joining the Johns Hopkins Health System in 2011, specialists at All Children’s have collaborated with colleagues in Baltimore on a variety of treatment and research initiatives.

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