U.S. News ranks UF Nephrology among nation’s best

U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for almost 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 140 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties.

The UF Division of Nephrology was among seven medical specialty programs at Shands at the University of Florida are recognized among the nation’s best in the 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. Of all Nephrology specialty programs in the nation, the UF Division of Nephrology ranked 35th.

Dr. David Weiner, a Faculty Nephrologist specializing in kidney disease, fluid and electrolyte balance, kidney stones, adrenal disorders and hypertension, was ranked in the top 1% in the nation in his specialty.

Shands at UF had the highest ranking among Florida hospitals in five specialties: urology (tied for 23rd nationally); cardiology & heart surgery (tied for 27th nationally); neurology & neurosurgery (28th nationally); pulmonology (28th nationally); and nephrology (tied for 35th nationally).

Shands at UF was also ranked in cancer (35th nationally) and gastroenterology (38th nationally). This hospital was among 140 facilities—fewer than 3% of the 4,825 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings—to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.