Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Patients and medical professionals may call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) for more information.


Our Experts

Jeffrey Romoff

Jeffrey Romoff




UPMC Media Relations

​University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Specialties Ranked As Among the "Best" in the Country

PITTSBURGH, July 17, 1998 — A record number of 11 different University of Pittsburgh Medical Center specialty areas were ranked as "best" in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The ninth annual rankings of "America’s Best Hospitals" will be in the July 17 issue available on newsstands Monday, July 20.

UPMC ranked fifth in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), 11th in gastroenterology. 13th in orthopedics and rheumatology, 15th in pulmonary medicine, 19th in cancer, 20th in endocrinology, 22nd in geriatrics, 23rd in neurology, 39th in cardiology and 39th in urology. In addition, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh which houses the department of pediatrics of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Hospital which houses the medical school’s department of obstetrics and gynecology also were ranked.

"This ranking is one more measure of the excellence of medical care provided by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center," stated Loren Roth, M.D., M.P.H, senior vice president of medical services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "We are pleased that these nationally-recognized specialty programs are now available to more people than ever before through our network of community hospitals located throughout Western Pennsylvania."

U.S. News and World Report ranks hospitals using three parameters: reputation with board-certified specialists (a survey of 150 in each specialty area); predicted mortality rates; various medical information (e.g. nurse/bed ratio, technology index, discharges).


UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA |