Message from Department Chair, Deborah Krakow, MD

Dr. Krakow headshot

In July U.S. News & World Report released their annual listing of America’s Best Hospitals, a ranking that helps to guide patients to the right provider when they need health care.  The overall ranking of a health system is compiled by evaluating specialty rankings, procedure and condition ratings, and reputation among colleagues.  Approximately 4500 hospitals across the United States are evaluated each year. 

UCLA Health hospitals ranked in the top 5 nationally in the recent 2022-2023 ranking of U.S. hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report, and also earned top-10 rankings in 11 specialty areas including obstetrics and gynecology. I am proud of our contribution to the overall ranking of UCLA Health, and I am especially proud that the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is ranked #8 in the nation.  This recognition is a testament to each of our faculty and staff and their commitment to high quality patient care. The Department achieved metrics of success through their diligent and on-going dedication to excellence regardless of the circumstances. Three years ago, our department was not ranked among the top 50 OBGYN departments and in a very short period we are now recognized among the top 10 nationally. Our outstanding faculty and staff have worked diligently under very difficult and unprecedented conditions to achieve this recognition. 

In this issue of OBGYNews you will learn about our Global Health initiatives, be introduced to our newly hired faculty members and commencing fellows, gain a better understanding of my collaborative research, read about our featured donor supporting our ovarian cancer research, and discover all the noteworthy ways in which our faculty are honored and are sharing their expertise with colleagues and trainees.

Our department has always been proud of the dedication of our faculty and staff to distinction in clinical service, education, and research.  National recognition is welcomed and helps our health system maintain its reputation as a world leader in the delivery of health care.  The outstanding work you will read about in this issue of OBGYNews and our new national ranking are the results of the hard work of every individual in our department. With our continued dedication to efforts supporting each other to improve the lives of our patients through clinical service, research and education, I believe we will remain a high performing regional and national leader in our specialty.  

Thank you for all that you continue to do to support our mission in the delivery of quality care for all women.

Deborah Krakow, MD

In this issue: