Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery at UF Health Ranked Among Nation’s Top 25

The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery Program was recognized among the nation’s Top 25 congenital heart centers, according to the 2012-2013 U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released in June 2012. In Florida, the University of Florida Congenital Heart Center is the highest-ranked children’s heart program in the state.

Three of the interdisciplinary UF Health pediatric programs were ranked highest in the state — diabetes and endocrinology (13th nationally), cardiology and heart surgery (25th nationally) and gastroenterology (27th nationally). Shands Hospital for Children also ranked 27th in nephrology, 32nd in pulmonology, 37th in neonatology and 49th in neurology and neurosurgery.

UF Health Shands is currently ranked by U.S. News in 14 specialties, seven for adult and seven for pediatrics, the most of any hospital in the state.

This year U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists — 150 in each specialty — were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.

The full rankings and methodology are available at The rankings also will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.

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