UCLA Health cancer care once again named one of nation’s best in annual assessment

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center earns the No. 1 spot in California and Los Angeles, rises to No. 4 in nation
UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Dr. Michael Teitell
UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Dr. Michael Teitell

For the 24th consecutive year, the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has been recognized as one of the best locations in the country to receive cancer care.

The U.S. News & Special Report 2023-2024 best hospital specialty rankings named the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center No. 1 in both California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area and No. 4 in hospital cancer care in the country.

 “We are proud to be recognized as one of the nation’s premier hospitals for cancer treatment, research, and education,” said Michael Teitell, MD, PhD, director of the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This honor is a profound tribute to the remarkable efforts of our dedicated healthcare professionals and their commitment to providing outstanding care to patients who are diagnosed with some of the toughest and most challenging cancer types. This recognition also reflects our unwavering commitment to advancing impactful research throughout the realm of cancer to introduce novel treatment options that can benefit more people diagnosed with the disease.”

UCLA Health placed #1 in California and in Los Angeles* in the annual best hospitals assessment by U.S. News. This is the 34th consecutive year UCLA Health has appeared on the national honor roll, a distinction reserved this year for only 22 hospitals among more than 4,500 evaluated across 15 specialties and 21 common procedures and conditions. (*Tied for #1 ranking)

The U.S. News evaluation is intended to assist patients in choosing where to seek care for all types of conditions, including cancer. Those that performed best excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level of nursing care, and patient experience, U.S. News said. The methodology for specialty rankings is posted here.

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 54 cancer centers designated as “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute. Cancer centers with this designation engage in cancer prevention, community outreach activities, survivorship studies and programs, improving the quality of life for people while being treated for cancer through symptom management, studying disparities in access to healthcare services in underserved communities and providing interventions, and in training the next generation of physician-scientists, basic scientists and population science researchers.

This designation is also only given to cancer centers that meet the highest standards in research focused on developing new and better approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

Numerous successful therapies developed by UCLA physicians and scientists are changing the treatment paradigms for patients with cancer.  Since 2003 alone, research conducted at UCLA has resulted in 21 new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved cancer treatments.

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and its physicians and researchers have been honored with numerous prestigious awards. Among many recent honors, UCLA researchers have won three Lasker awards since 2009, including two Lasker-Debakey Clinical Medical Research Awards and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award.