University of Rochester Medical Center’s Gynecology, Otolaryngology Programs Among Nation’s Best

July 10, 2006

Gynecology and Otolaryngology programs at the University of Rochester Medical Center have ranked among the nation’s best in U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals list for 2006. Of 5,189 hospitals and 16 specialties evaluated, the Medical Center’s Gynecology program was ranked 43, and Otolaryngology, more commonly referred to as “Ear, Nose & Throat” or “ENT,” ranked 45 best in the nation.

“While we believe all of our programs provide exceptional care for patients, it is especially rewarding for them to be recognized among the nation’s best,” said C. McCollister Evarts, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “It is a tribute to our entire faculty and staff for their commitment and dedication to improving lives by providing the best possible care to our patients. We are fortunate to have many physicians and medical researchers in Rochester who are on the cutting edge of their respective specialties.”

The Medical Center’s Gynecology program made the list previously, in 1999. “The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center has nationally recognized programs in a number of gynecologic specialties, including urogynecology, reproductive endocrinology, cancer, laparoscopic surgery, vulvar disease, and menopause. This well-deserved recognition reflects the extraordinary level of women’s health care provided by our physicians and nurses, and the excellence of our hospitals in women’s health,” David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and former Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Guzick spoke on behalf of current Department Chair James R. Woods, Jr., M.D., who was out of the country when the U.S.News results were released.

This is ENT’s first appearance on the national list, which acknowledges the department’s faculty and the support it receives from the Medical Center and collaborating departments, according to Arthur S. Hengerer, M.D., chair of the Department of Otolaryngology. “It is a credit to the faculty that we’ve assembled within the department, working in a very upscale, modern facility that allows us to provide patient care at a superior level, with staff trained in multiple subspecialty areas, for people in this community. We appreciate this national recognition of the care we feel has always been of a high quality, and recognition that we have one of the top 20 ENT programs in NIH research funding, with a major focus on research in hearing loss.”

For the last 17 years, the magazine’s America’s Best Hospitals issue has used a variety of rigorous statistical and/or reputational measures to select the top 50 hospitals in a range of specialties. The magazine describes its mission for the list as identifying “centers that take on and excel at tough procedures and conditions…Such hospitals follow – and often pioneer – new treatment guidelines.”

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