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Medical University ranks in annual edition of America's Best Hospitals

MUSC has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s best hospitals in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders; ear, nose and throat disorders; kidney disorders; gynecologic disorders; and orthopedics and rheumatology.
This marks the 14th consecutive year that gastrointestinal disorders has made the list. The rankings will be published in the August issue of the magazine that will appear on newsstands July 27.
Dr. Langdon Hartsock, center, is assisted by members of the orthopaedic team. This is the first year orthopaedics has been ranked in U.S. News & World Report, while rheumatology moved up two slots. The rankings may be viewed at

MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., said the university is pleased by the outstanding care delivered by the faculty and staff of MUSC and how it is garnering such national attention.
“All South Carolinians can be reassured by the high quality of services being delivered at our hospital and through graduates of our training programs throughout the state,” he said.
Since 1990, the magazine has identified medical centers with unique capabilities in one or more areas. This year, the magazine reviewed data from 4,852 hospitals and selected 152 stellar medical centers in 16 specialty areas. Rankings and eligibility are driven by hard data, including reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

“Recognition on a national level reflects the hard work the Department of Orthopaedics has done to create an excellent patient care environment.  Our goals are to work together in achieving an even higher ranking while continuing to provide great patient care.”
—Langdon Hartsock, M.D., Orthopaedics Department chairman

“Our physicians include a number of international and regional experts in a program nationally recognized as a leader in advancing the understanding and treatment of rheumatologic disorders. The breadth of research and clinical experience enable rheumatologists at MUSC to treat a wide range of complicated rheumatologic diseases including a variety of types of arthritis, connective tissue diseases and metabolic bone diseases.”
—Richard M. Silver, M.D., Distinguished University Professor and director of the division

Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat disorders)
“In addition to receiving national recognition of our clinical program, I also am exceedingly proud that our department ranks in the top 10 in research among departments of otolaryngology throughout the country.  Our department provides exceptional expertise in all areas including otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. We consistently see high Press Ganey scores that not only reflect a level of expertise from our staff, but a commitment to providing excellent patient care. We’re also pleased by our department’s commitment to gender diversity with 11 of our 24 doctoral-trained faculty being female, of whom several are divisional or center leaders.”
—Paul Lambert, M.D., Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery director

Gynecologic disorders
“This is the second consecutive year that gynecology has been recognized. We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on patient-centered care and matching patients with the best treatments available, whether medical or surgical. I believe the cornerstone of our success is how we offer patients a wide range of services from preventative health to managing specific gynecological problems and other specific needs.”
—J. Peter Van Dorsten, M.D., Lawrence L. Hester Jr. professor and chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Nephrology (kidney disease)
“I’m very pleased and honored that MUSC Nephrology has been ranked for the third consecutive year. I’m extremely proud of our faculty for making this possible.”
—David Ploth, M.D., Nephrology director

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