A major survey of physicians across the United States has named Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center among the country’s leading hospitals, and one of the most-highly recommended in several specialities. The results of the survey, conducted by the non-profit Consumers’ Checkbook, were published in AARP The Magazine. Consumers’ Checkbook surveyed doctors and collected 140,000 ratings of hospitals in local communities across the country. The doctors were also asked whether they would recommend that patients seek care at hospitals in other communities for certain extremely difficult cases involving heart conditions, cancer and other ailments – and if so, which hospitals they would recommend. In addition to making the top-125 list, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was ranked among the most-recommended hospitals for neurosurgery, mystery diagnoses and eye care for extremely difficult cases. This survey was conducted as part of the research for Consumers’ Checkbook’s new book, Consumers’ Guide to Hospitals, which uses volumes of government safety statistics and data on death and complication rates, along with survey results, to compare and rank hospitals in the country’s 53 largest metro areas.