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July 19, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven Ohio State University medical programs, including those that treat cancer and heart diseases – the two leading causes of death in Ohio – have been designated among the nation’s 25 best programs within their respective specialties, according to a survey released today (7/19) by U.S. News & World Report. Four programs -- cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, rehabilitation, and ear, nose and throat, are ranked in the top 20.

Continued recognition of the cancer program and James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute by U.S. News & World Report complements the highest possible “exceptional” rating the cancer program recently received from the National Cancer Institute.  

A total of 11 Ohio State medical programs are recognized in the 2011 rankings. Additional Ohio State programs included in the rankings are cardiology, gynecology (women’s health), nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of OSU Medical Center, said it takes a tremendous amount of work by people at all levels of the university to build successful programs. “Quality, safety and compassion are the building blocks for each of our programs and those values are important to our success,” said Gabbe. “It’s gratifying to see how far we have come and that our efforts to build strong and comprehensive programs focusing on the pressing medical needs of Ohio residents merit national attention.”

U.S. News & World Report has consistently named Ohio State’s medical programs as among the best in the nation, and earlier this year OSU Medical Center the best hospital in the Columbus metro area. 

Also, U.S. News & World Report named Nationwide Children's Hospital, which houses the Ohio State University’s Department of Pediatrics, one of the country's best children’s hospitals. 

The national “Best Hospitals” rankings, featured online at, are based on patient safety, staffing levels, technology, mortality and reputation as judged by 200 physicians selected from each specialty. 

The “America’s Best Hospitals” national rankings, considered by many consumers and health care industry analysts as a leading indicator of quality care and performance, are compiled using data collected annually from more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals of varying sizes. 

Ohio State University’s academic medical center includes the College of Medicine and the OSU Health System, comprising University Hospital, James Cancer Hospital, University Hospital East, OSU Harding, Ross Heart Hospital and a network of community care sites. 

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