U.S. News & World Report Rankings
For 33 consecutive years, UCLA Health has appeared on U.S. News and World Report’s national honor roll, a distinction reserved for only 20 hospitals nationwide.
UCLA Health hospitals are ranked among Top #5 in the Nation.
At UCLA Health, we know that comprehensive care goes beyond medicine alone. That’s why we offer animal-assisted therapy, mental health services for our nation's veterans, dignified end-of-life care, pediatric music therapy, and much more. Thanks to our generous supporters, these services are offered at no cost to patients or their families.
UCLA hospitals have been designated as national Magnet hospitals, the highest level of nursing accreditation, for the fourth time. Fewer than 10% of health care organizations nationwide are Magnet-designated facilities, and fewer than 2% have received this honor four times.
Targeted Drug Therapies
Unlike traditional chemotherapy, targeted cancer treatments are designed to disrupt specific molecules involved in the growth and spread of cancer. UCLA faculty contributed to the development of several groundbreaking targeted therapies, including Gleevec® for leukemia, Herceptin® for certain breast cancers and Xtandi® for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
Stem Cell Therapy
UCLA researchers are investigating stem cells to better understand and treat a wide range of diseases and disorders, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and infertility. UCLA researchers developed a stem cell gene therapy to cure “bubble baby disease,” a life-threatening condition that leaves babies without a functioning immune system. Using the technique developed at UCLA, more than 50 babies have been cured of the disease so far.
Immunotherapy treatments stimulate a person’s own immune system to fight cancer. UCLA researchers have played a role in creating and testing lifesaving immunotherapy treatments, such as Keytruda®, which treats several cancers, including advanced melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer, and CAR T-cell therapy for treating lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
UCLA Health has a long history as a leader in transplantation. In 1964, UCLA professor of surgery Paul Terasaki developed the tissue-matching test that makes organ transplants possible. Four years later, UCLA was one of the first institutions in the world to perform a bone marrow transplant. Since then, our physicians have performed over 5,000 bone marrow/stem cell transplants. UCLA Health also offers the first face transplantation program in the Western United States.
UCLA has long been a leader in developing and adopting new technologies to see inside the human body. UCLA biophysicist Michael Phelps, Ph.D., is an inventor of the positron emission tomography (PET) scanner. This technique enables doctors to look inside living patients to see processes such as blood flow, metabolism and gene expression. Research at UCLA has also contributed to indispensable imaging systems such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are committed to reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in our communities and increasing accessibility to health care. Bringing health care into the community, identifying and studying related systemic problems, and focusing on much needed change enable us to become an ongoing part of the solution.
Care Harbor Health Clinic
Every year since 2009, UCLA physicians, dentists and ophthalmologists provide mammograms, fill cavities, complete cancer screenings, screen patients for glaucoma and cataracts and perform other health exams at the annual Care Harbor free clinic in Los Angeles.
UCLA Mobile Clinic Project
Thanks to the Mobile Clinic, UCLA students, faculty and staff are bringing health care and social services to homeless and indigent populations in Los Angeles. Services range from basic checkups and disease prevention and education to treatment of cuts, infections and coughs.
UCLA Health Operation Mend
UCLA Health Operation Mend provides advanced surgical and medical treatment, as well as comprehensive psychological health support, to help heal the wounds of war for post-9/11-era service members, veterans, and their families at no cost.
UCLA Pipeline Program
This UCLA program provides scholarships, mentoring and tutoring to help students from underresourced communities enter the medical profession. Outreach to high school and college students enables UCLA to identify promising students and make them aware of opportunities in health care through shadowing, internships, course counseling and help in preparing for medical school entrance exams.
UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind
This UCLA Health program works to reduce childhood obesity by providing middle and high schools with a comprehensive physical education program that includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, an innovative exercise curriculum and professional development for physical education teachers.
UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU)
The UCLA Health MSU, which enables rapid response, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke, aims to improve patient outcomes and save lives. The MSU is an ambulance equipped to provide prehospital stroke care, operating in conjunction with more than 33 emergency medical services providers in L.A. County.
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