At UC Davis, we're creating a healthier world through bold innovation. Explore the following highlights of the distinctions that set UC Davis Health apart…

One of America's best hospitals

UC Davis Medical Center routinely rates among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, which recognize medical centers that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses. UC Davis ranked among America’s top 50 in 11 adult medical specialties for 2017-18, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ENT; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology.


Sacramento's top hospital

UC Davis Medical Center is also the top-ranking hospital in the Sacramento metro area, according the annual U.S. News survey's regional rankings. Regional rankings were published in metro areas with a population of 1 million or more in the 2010 Census, and in every state, provided that the state or metro area had at least two Best Regional Hospitals and that one hospital was either nationally ranked or had more than one "high performing" recognition. U.S. News also ranked UC Davis Medical Center as fifth in California.


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Among the nation's best children's hospitals

U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's top children's hospitals in five specialties in June 2017. UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked in orthopaedics and urology together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders. UC Davis also ranked in neonatology, diabetes and endocrinology, and nephrology.



High-performing in many common procedures and conditions

U.S. News & World Report also released ratings for common types of care with UC Davis Medical Center rated as high performing in heart bypass surgery, heart failure, aortic valve surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. UC Davis was also designated as high performing in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery in the medical specialties rankings.


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Among America’s best medical and nursing schools

U.S. News & World Report repeatedly ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among the best in the country. In its annual list of America’s best medical schools for 2018, the magazine ranked the school for primary care and research. U.S. News also ranked the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis as among the best in the country for master’s-degree nursing programs in its Best Graduate Schools listings.


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Nationally known specialists

In an annual survey by Best Doctors, Inc., more than 90 UC Davis physicians representing dozens of specialties earned praise and recognition from their peers for being considered among the nation’s best in 2014. Only five percent of doctors in America earn the honor. The Best Doctors in America® database contains more than U.S. 45,000 doctors, chosen through a peer-review survey that asks: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”


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Listed among 100 Great Hospitals in America

Becker’s Hospital Review named UC Davis Medical Center to its 2017 list of 100 Great Hospitals in America. The monthly industry publication conducted research and examined several reputable hospital ranking sources for its criteria, noting that hospitals like UC Davis Medical Center are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and serve as a research hub or as an anchor of wellness for their communities.


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Leader in Healthcare Equality

For the seventh consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center was recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for 2017 in the Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The medical center earned top marks for meeting the foundation’s four core criteria for leadership excellence, which include non-discrimination policies for patients and employees, equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and training in LGBT patient-centered care.


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A Health Care’s Most Wired institution

For a sixth consecutive year, UC Davis Health was designated as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology in the 2016 “Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study” published in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The annual assessment examines how hospitals use information technology to address and enhance patient safety, quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions.


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Patient-centered primary care

All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics have been formally designated as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, an approach to primary care that uses a physician-led team to deliver coordinated, high-quality care aided by technology to connect team members and patients. The clinics received the three-year designation in July 2014 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). UC Davis was an early adopter in the region and received an award in 2010 for implementing a medical home model in a key family medicine clinic.