Thursday, August 6, 2020

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in New England

Out of approximately 5,000 hospitals studied, only 134 hospitals in the U.S. earned national distinction in at least one of the 16 adult specialties examined in the most recent (20-21) U.S. News & World Report rankings of American hospitals.  Among the 134 hospitals earning national recognition in at least one adult specialty were four New England teaching hospitals.  Massachusetts General Hospital, long considered the preeminent teaching hospital in the region, is also one of the best hospitals in the country, rating as the 6th best hospital overall nationally in the U.S. News survey.  Massachusetts General earned top 20 national recognition in all 16 adult specialties studied, including an impressive 11 specialties in which it earned top 10 rankings nationally.  Brigham and Women's Hospital was the only other New England teaching hospital to earn a spot in the top 20 national rankings, placing 12th best overall.  Brigham and Women's earned recognition in 13 of 16 adult specialties, including top 10 national recognition in 5 specialties.  While neither institution featured in the top 20 overall hospital rankings nationally, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center were the other two New England teaching hospitals earning national recognition in at least 1 of the 16 adult specialties examined in the U.S. News survey.

New England's Top 5 Teaching Hospitals
Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals

Massachusetts General Hospital
Location:  Boston
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  16 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  16
#2 in Rehabilitation
#2 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
#3 in Psychiatry
#4 in Ophthalmology
#5 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#6 in Ear, Nose & Throat
#6 in Gynecology
#6 in Rheumatology
#7 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#7 in Nephrology
#8 in Orthopedics 
#13 in Neurology & Neurosurgery,
#14 in Geriatrics
#16 in Urology
#17 in Pulmonology
#18 in Cancer
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (6th)

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Location:  Boston
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  13 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  9
#5 in Rheumatology
#6 in Cancer
#6 in Nephrology 
#7 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#8 in Gynecology
#14 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
#14 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#17 in Geriatrics
#16 in Pulmonology
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (12th)

Yale-New Haven Hospital
Location:  New Haven, CT
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  9 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  2
#10 in Psychiatry
#20 in Geriatrics
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  No


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Location:  Boston
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  2 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  None
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  No

To find teaching hospitals in other regions, visit our U.S. Teaching Hospitals resource page.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Protecting the Public: Dental License Verification

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other dental healthcare professionals are subject to regulatory oversight by each of the individual states in which they practice.  While licensing requirements vary from state-to-state, the core objective of dental regulators everywhere is to protect the public from unqualified individuals offering or delivering dental care services.  This is accomplished by establishing standards, educational and otherwise, which individuals must satisfy in order to obtain a license to deliver dental care services. Similarly, dental licensing authorities establish standards which practitioners must attain in order to periodically renew their license to practice.  When licensees fail to meet established standards, dental licensing authorities can impose a range of disciplinary measures against offending practitioners, including, in the most egregious situations, the suspension or revocation of an individuals license to practice. 

In order to assist the public, as well as credentialing professionals working for hospitals, health plans and other entities needing to confirm the license status of dental care practitioners, dental licensing authorities in each state provide online license verification tools.  To find state-operated online tools that permit the public to confirm the license status of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other dental healthcare professionals, visit our resource page:

Health Guide USA Dental License Lookup

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Far West

From the most recent (20-21) U.S. News & World Report rankings of American hospitals, only 134 hospitals, out of almost 5,000 in the U.S., earned national recognition in at least one of 16 adult specialties studied in the survey.  Among the top 20 highest ranking hospitals in the entire country, five are teaching hospitals from the Far West.  Tying for 4th overall nationally was UCLA Medical Center with national recognition in 15 of 16 adult specialties, including top 10 rankings in an impressive 13 of those specialties.  Cedars Sinai Hospital and UCSF Medical Center also earned overall top 10 distinction nationally, while Stanford Hospital and Keck Hospital at USC earned spots in the top 20 highest ranking hospitals overall.  All five of these highly ranked teaching hospitals in the Far West were nationally recognized in at least 11 of the 16 adult specialties surveyed and, in a testament to the overall quality of these institutions, all five had at least 7 specialties that earned top 20 national distinction:

5 Best Teaching Hospitals in the Far West
Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals

UCLA Medical Center
Location:  Los Angeles
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  15 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  14
#3 in Geriatrics
#3 in Nephrology
#4 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
#5 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#5 in Ophthalmology
#5 in Pulmonology
#7 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#7 in Orthopedics
#7 in Psychiatry
#8 in Ear, Nose & Throat
#8 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#8 in Urology
#9 in Rheumatology
#13 in Cancer
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (4th)

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Location:  Los Angeles 
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  12 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  11
#2 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#3 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#3 in Orthopedics 
#3 in Pulmonology
#7 in Cancer
#7 in Gynecology
#9 in Nephrology
#10 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#11 in Geriatrics
#11 in Urology
#13 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (7th)

UCSF Medical Center
Location:  San Francisco
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  15 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  13
#2 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#3 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
#7 in Rheumatology
#7 in Urology
#8 in Geriatrics
#8 in Nephrology
#8 in Psychiatry
#9 in Ophthalmology
#9 in Pulmonology
#10 in Cancer
#14 in Ear, Nose & Throat
#15 in Orthopedics 
#17 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (8th)

Stanford Hospital
Location:  Stanford, CA
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  12 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  8
#9 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#11 in Gynecology
#11 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#12 in Orthopedics 
#14 in Nephrology
#15 in Ear, Nose & Throat
#16 in Geriatrics
#18 in Pulmonology
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (13th)


Keck Hospital of USC
Location:  Los Angeles
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  11 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  7
#7 in Geriatrics
#9 in Urology
#12 in Ophthalmology
#12 in Pulmonology
#15 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#15 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#19 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (18th)

To find other teaching hospitals in the Far West and elsewhere, visit our U.S. Teaching Hospitals resource page.