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U.S. News & World Report Names Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Among Best in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, and Neurology & Neurosurgery

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Baylor St. Luke’s Ranked No. 2 in Houston Metro Area and No. 3 in Texas

HOUSTON (July 27, 2021) – Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report (U.S. News).

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 32nd year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

Baylor St. Luke’s was ranked nationally in the following specialties:

  • Cancer (The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center), ranked No. 25
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery, ranked No. 13
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, ranked No. 24
  • Geriatrics, ranked No. 46
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery, ranked No. 33

Baylor St. Luke’s also earned “High Performing” ratings in Pulmonology & Lung Surgery and Urology and the following procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, acute kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, pneumonia, stroke, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures.

“At Baylor St. Luke’s, we strive to continually raise the quality and standards of care through research and the delivery of exceptional care through advanced treatments and technologies,” said Liz Youngblood, President, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. “Our highly-specialized expert clinical teams are truly deserving of this recognition for their unwavering commitment to excellence, quality, and patient experience.”

“This year marks the seven-year anniversary of the joint venture agreement that created Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. The continued improvement of the hospital over that time has been phenomenal,” said Paul Klotman, M.D., President & CEO and Executive Dean of Baylor College of Medicine. “Baylor St. Luke’s provides an outstanding atmosphere where the next generations of physicians and health professions leaders can train with a focus on quality care and outstanding outcomes.”

“We take great pride in having Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center serve as the academic flagship of the St. Luke's Health System," said Doug Lawson, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Health. “It’s a privilege to be recognized as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and a testament of the advanced level of care our world-class clinicians provide for patients in need of medically complex care in Houston and beyond.”

For the 2021-22 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 15 specialties and 17 procedures and conditions. In the 15 specialty areas, 175 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help each patient pick the right hospital for the type of care they need,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Hospitals faced incredible challenges this past year, and the best of them have provided great care throughout the pandemic and continue to offer excellent care today.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

For more information about the 2021-22 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2022” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469975), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores October 5.

For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.


About Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award five consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.


U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders, and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News, and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice, and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

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