UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital earns national recognition for broad excellence

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCLA Health in nine pediatric subspecialty areas
A photo of a pediatric patient inside UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
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UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital placed in California’s top 5 and was nationally ranked in multiple subspecialties in a widely watched assessment of pediatric care published June 20 by U.S. News & World Report.

For the 17th consecutive year, numerous UCLA Health pediatric subspecialties were among the nation’s best in the annual survey of Best Children’s Hospitals, once again demonstrating broad excellence.

Nine pediatric subspecialties were ranked. They are: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; neonatology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; and urology.

“This performance is a testament to the extraordinary work and unwavering pursuit of excellence by the entire UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital team, including physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care professionals dedicated to world-class patient care informed by the latest innovations,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System.

The Best Children’s Hospitals methodology includes, among other factors, clinical data and outcomes, the level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care, and expert opinion among thousands of pediatric specialists.

“From preventive to the most complex care, our focus is providing team-based, state-of-the art medical and surgical services in a family-centered environment that utilizes humanistic approaches beginning with compassion and kindness,” said Sherin Devaskar, MD, physician-in-chief of Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA Mattel Executive Endowed Chair in the department of pediatrics and assistant vice chancellor of child health.

The hospital is located within Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on UCLA’s campus in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. UCLA Health also has a pediatric unit at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and offers general and specialty pediatric care at multiple locations across Southern California.

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital pediatric subspecialty areas have consistently performed well each year since the U.S. News assessment debuted in 2007.

The assessment is intended to help parents find the best possible care for their sick children, said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor of U.S. News.