For the 21st consecutive year, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) secured its place on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals, ranking ninth. The Honor Roll highlights just 18 hospitals, out of nearly 5,000 nationwide, for their rare breadth and depth of clinical excellence. In the grading of the best hospitals, BWH ranks among the top 10 in six categories: Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gynecology, Nephrology and Rheumatology. BWH places in the top 20 in Geriatrics, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, considered one institution in the specialty area of cancer, remains at the high ranking of fifth nationally in cancer care due to the integration of one of the world’s leading cancer institute’s with a world-renowned academic medical center into one superb cancer center for adults.
Ranked number two in Gynecology, the BWH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is on the cutting edge of new procedures that advance the practice of medicine and improve the health of women, such as the use of high intensity focused ultrasound to treat uterine fibroids and the creation of a Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and the newly formed Boston Center for Endometriosis, a joint undertaking with Boston Children’s Hospital, and the first in the world of its kind that will serve as the premier diagnostic, treatment, research, and educational resource for the disease throughout a woman's lifespan, from adolescence through adulthood. The department has a long history of excellence in research and a stellar reputation in teaching, drawing talent from all over the world for educational opportunities.
Recent Gynecology news headlines:
- The Gentle Cesarean: A New Option for Moms-to-be at BWH
- BWH Researchers Discover Genetic Risk for Uterine Fibroids
- Low-Level Mercury Exposure in Pregnant Women Connected to ADHD Risk in Children
- Researchers Develop Sperm-Sorting Design That May Aid Couples Undergoing in vitro Fertilization
- Safe, Quality Care Drives Ambulatory OB/GYN
- The Woman’s Health Initiative: An Unforgettable Decade
- Message to Soon-to-Be Moms: Another Reason to Put Down the Cigarette
Ranked number five in Cancer, BWH partners with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide care for adult patients in 12 specialized centers, each devoted to a different type of cancer. The Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center is committed to conquering cancer by developing new ways to prevent and screen for cancer, as well as developing new therapies. The DF/BWCC has a history of groundbreaking research and innovative patient care including the development of the CA 125 test, the first and only biomarker for ovarian cancer; pioneering new approaches in the assessment and treatment of prostate cancer; and the development of state-of-the-art surgical techniques for brain surgery.
Recent Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center news headlines:
- BWHers Making a Difference for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Researchers Develop New Tool to Help Brain Surgeons in the Operating Room
- Daily Multivitamins Reduce Risk of Cancer in Men
- Researchers Use First-of-Its-Kind Approach to Design Nanomedicines that Effectively Target Cancer with Decreased Toxicity
- Mammogram Rate Did Not Decline after Controversial USPSTF Recommendations
- Blood Hormone Levels Can Predict Long-term Breast Cancer Risk
- BWH Researchers Discover a Cell-Signaling Molecule in Immune System that Could Help Treat Dangerous Skin Cancer
- BWH Unveils New AMIGO Suite
- Catch and Release: Marine Animals Inspire Researchers to Invent a Device that can Detect, Capture and Release Rare Cancer Cells
BWH’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Division of Cardiac Surgery advanced in the rankings to number five on the U.S. News & World Report list. The Cardiovascular Medicine Division is a world leader in clinical and academic cardiology, with staff providing comprehensive cardiovascular care for even the most complex cases to thousands of patients per year. The Division of Cardiac Surgery is dedicated to providing the safest, state-of-the-art, highest quality and most innovative surgery for patients.
Recent BWH Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiac Surgery headlines:
- BWH’s Cardiovascular Clinic in Rheumatology: A Model for Multidisciplinary Care
- Turning Old Hearts Young
- Team Heart Saves Lives, Rebuilds Community in Rwanda
- BWH ICS: The Next Chapter in Cardiovascular Services
- HealthDay News, FoxNews and other media outlets, highlight the research of Dr. Tobias Kurth, which shows that women who suffer from migraines with visual effects called aura may face an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
- Higher Job Strain Equals Increase in Cardiovascular Risk for Women
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital Researchers Initiate Major Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital Enrolls First Patient in Landmark Study of Novel Approach to Treat Resistant Hypertension
- Researchers Identify a Potential Patient Population Who May Benefit from Novel Anti-Platelet Treatment
- Daily Multivitamin Use Does Not Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Men
- New Drug Significantly Lowers Bad Cholesterol
- Researchers Devise Simple Method for Determining Atrial Fibrillation Risk in Women
- Patterned Hearts
- Understanding Statin Discontinuation
Ranked fifth in Rheumatology, the BWH Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy is internationally renowned for excellence in clinical care, clinical investigation and basic research. The Division provides unique, innovative and comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management for arthritis and a wide spectrum of other rheumatic diseases, including specialized treatment for interstitial lung disease and other conditions frequently misunderstood by physicians.
Recent BWH Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy headlines:
- Patients Show Fast Response to IV Therapy in Active Arthritis
- Nanoparticles offer hope for common skin allergy
- Injectable Gel Could Spell Relief for Arthritis Sufferers
- Common Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis Medications Are Associated with Reduced Diabetes Risk
- Women Who Drink Beer More Likely to Develop Psoriasis
Ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report, BWH’s Renal Division is devoted to the understanding and treatment of kidney disease. The division has a rich tradition of excellence and boasts many milestones, including performing the first organ transplant – a kidney from one twin to another – in 1954. Today, the Renal Division offers extensive outstanding clinical programs in all aspects of kidney health and disease; outstanding research programs; an active kidney transplantation program; and a premier kidney fellowship training program.
Recent BWH Renal news headlines:
- A Transplant Legacy
- Renal Division Celebrates Tradition of Excellence
- Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Associated with Increased Kidney Stone Risk
- Donor and Recipient Age May Predict Kidney Transplant Outcome
- Kidney Dysfunction Found to be Associated with Cognitive Decline in Women
- Researchers Unlock the Potential for Exploring Kidney Regeneration
Ranked ninth in Endocrinology, the BWH Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension is engaged in a wide range of clinical, research and educational activities. The Division provides the highest quality of clinical care for patients with endocrinological disorders. We provide clinical care for adult patients with all types of hormonal disorders including diabetes, hypertension, and thyroid disease. We also evaluate and manage other conditions such as osteoporosis, pituitary dysfunction, adrenal disorders, sexual dysfunction, infertility, hirsuitism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypoglycemia, and calcium disorders.
Recent BWH Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension news headlines:
- Did Evolution Give Us Inflammatory Disease?
- Diabetes Associated with Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Problems in Men
- Counseling Can Help Manage Diabetes
- Chemicals in Personal Care Products May Increase Risk of Diabetes in Women
- Cardiac Benefits of Statins Outweigh Diabetes Hazard, Even Among Those With Highest Risks for Diabetes
- Primary Care Physicians Play Vital Role in Caring for Diabetes Patients
- Less Sleep, Disrupted Internal 24-hour Clock Means Higher Risk of Diabetes and Obesity
#15 Geriatric Care
BWH’s Center for Older Adult Health is geared to meet the needs of patients 65 and older who require primary or consultative care. The clinical team works with patients to optimize overall health and to achieve the goals important to that individual – from helping patients maintain good health to treating acute and chronic conditions. This includes determining the best way to manage multiple conditions, which sometimes affect older patients. Our physicians are skilled in disease management, including assessing physical and psychological function and potential medication issues that sometimes occur as a result of treating multiple conditions. Our geriatricians understand the impact that Alzheimer’s disease has on patients and their families. Once the diagnosis is made and a care plan is developed, identifying the needs of both the patient and his or her caregiver is crucial. We can help these patients achieve the best possible quality of life and offer consultation for caregivers of patients with dementia and memory problems.
Recent BWH Geriatric Care headlines:
- The Aging Population and Emergency Departments
- Major BWH Study to Test Drugs to Delay Alzheimer’s Disease
- BWH Research on Alzheimer’s Disease Highlighted in the New Yorker.
- New Study Announced That Will Use Genetics to Test for Alzheimer’s Risk
- Researchers Announce Treatment Choice for Alzheimer’s disease (A4) Prevention Clinical Trial
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a world leader in clinical and academic respiratory disorders. Our Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides comprehensive pulmonary care, for even the most complex cases, to thousands of patients each year. Our pulmonary services span the entire spectrum of patient care, ranging from lung disease prevention and detection to pharmacologic and interventional treatment. We work closely with the Divisions of Thoracic Surgery and Immunology in the evaluation and treatment of complex respiratory disorders.
- BWH Researchers Discover New Vaccine Candidate for Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Provocative Essay Calls for a New Approach to Combating the Global Tuberculosis Epidemic
- Scientists Discover Molecule That Does Double Duty in Stopping Asthma Attacks
- Genetic Marker Associated with Risk for Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Cell Receptor has Proclivity for T Helper 9 Cells, Airway Inflammation
# 17 Orthopedics
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery provides expert, innovative and compassionate diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal system diseases and injuries. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital Orthopedic and Arthritis Center of Excellence, specialists in Orthopedic Surgery, Physiatry, Rheumatology, and Rehabilitation, work together with dedicated nurses, physician assistants, and other professionals, to provide state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for thousands of patients annually.
Recent BWH Orthopedic headlines:
- Partnership Brings Geriatric Expertise to Trauma Service
- Is Surgery the Only Option for Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis?
- Operation Walk Gets Sixth Mission Underway
# 19 Neurology and Neurosurgery (Neurosciences)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers patients with diseases of the nervous system one of the largest and most comprehensive teams of neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and radiologists available anywhere. Our Neurosciences Institute offers the most innovative and advanced treatments and therapies for all diseases of the nervous system. Our dedication to discoveries and research in these areas has made us world-renowned leaders in the field of neurosciences.
Recent BWH Neuroscience headlines (also see related Alzheimer’s Disease headlines above):
- Patient, Family Share Story of Relationship-Based Care
- Breaking New Ground in ALS Treatment
- To NASA and Beyond: BWH Researchers Share Wonders of Neuroscience at Cambridge Science Festival
- New Chair of Neurosurgery Shares Goals, Opportunities for the Department
- Researchers Discover Blood Biomarker for Lou Gehrig's Disease, Could Lead to New Treatments
- Stem Cell Research Shows ALS May Be Treatable
- Researchers Define Two Categories of Multiple Sclerosis Patients
- New Tool to Help Brain Surgeons, One Step Closer to Operating Room
- BWH Physician to Co-lead Health Study of NFL Players
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