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Publish Date: 08/01/02
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Researchers Reason for US News "Best Hospital" Ranking

Cincinnati--University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center health professionals in otolaryngology, endocrinology and pulmonary specialties, were recognized among the nation's best in the 2002 U.S. News & World Report annual guide to "Americašs Best Hospitals." These rankings appeared in the July 22 issue of the magazine.

UC College of Medicine shares some of its best researchers with The University Hospital (UH) to provide the best care available for endocrinology/hormonal disorders, pulmonary/respiratory diseases and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery.

UC otolaryngologists, who practice at The University Hospital, ranked as the 20th best in the ear, nose and throat category and have made the U.S. News "best lists" numerous times. Jack Gluckman, MD, professor and chairman of the UC Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and Lyon Gleich, MD, professor of otolaryngology, have led numerous studies in new treatments for head and neck tumors. UC otolaryngology faculty members who are internationally recognized in deafness research include Robin Cotton, MD, professor; Myles Pensak, MD, professor; Daniel Choo, MD, assistant professor; and John Greinwald, MD, assistant professor. "Nine faculty members from this department were also featured in the most recent Best Doctors and are internationally known," Dr. Gluckman said.

Stephen Liggett, MD, professor and director of the UC Division of Pulmonary-Critical Care, discovered how certain genes can predict a patient's response to asthma medications. U.S. News ranked UH as the 36th best in respiratory disorders.

James Fagin, MD, director and professor, UC Department of Endocrinology, and David DšAllessio, MD, associate professor of endocrinology, both see patients at UH and do research in diabetes, obesity, thyroid cancer and other hormonal disorders. "Nelson Watts, MD, director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center and UC professor of medicine, is a national leader in metabolic bone diseases," Dr. Fagin added. UH was rated by U.S. News as the 48th best in the hormonal category.

U.S. News established the "Americašs Best Hospitals" survey to be a starting point to help consumers find quality care. The publication ranks 205 top medical centers in 17 specialties.

"These hospitals excel partly because their doctors perform large numbers of tricky and risky procedures," according to U.S. News. "Study piled upon study has shown the critical role of volume. Ranked hospitals tend to adhere more closely to advanced treatment guidelines, to incorporate new findings into patient care, and to conduct research that gives desperately ill patients more options."



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