Boston Top Doctors 2009: Boston’s Top Hospitals : Boston Hospitals : Boston’s Best Hospitals


Children’s Hospital Boston
If you want the best for your kids (and who doesn’t?), you can get it here. Children’s is one of the very top pediatric hospitals in the country, with unparalleled programs in heart surgery, neurology, and orthopedics. The primary pediatric teaching outpost for Harvard Med, it matches its technical prowess with compassion. Earlier this year, it opened a 22-bedroom Victorian inn for patient families who have to stay in town while their kids undergo long treatment regimens.

300 Longwood Ave., Boston, 617-355-6000,

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber is one of the country’s best cancer centers, up there with Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York and M. D. Anderson in Texas. As of 2011 it’ll be even bigger and better, as construction is under way on a new 14-story patient-care facility. The hospital’s stem-cell transplant program keeps patients alive longer than almost all other such programs in the U.S., and research done at Dana-Farber has yielded some of the most effective cancer drugs of recent decades, including Gleevec.

44 Binney St., Boston, 617-632-3000,

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
The MEEI building may not look like much from outside, but in this case, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. The hospital’s ophthalmology is state-of-the-art. If you’ve got a problem with your eyes, ears, nose, or throat—from cancer to a simple need for LASIK—head here. The hospital also treats balance and voice disorders, wounds that won’t heal, smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, and thyroid/parathyroid dysfunction. One of its staffers, Dr. Claes Dohlman, invented the artificial cornea, and earlier this year its doctors performed the region’s first auditory brainstem implant.

243 Charles St., Boston, 617-523-7900,

McLean Hospital
Looking around McLean’s campus in sylvan Belmont, you’d think you were at a liberal arts college campus, not a psychiatric hospital. But McLean is the best such facility in America. (Don’t believe us? U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Harvard-affiliated center its top freestanding psych hospital every year for the past two decades.) Among McLean’s many features are a center for transcranial magnetic stimulation and a vast child psych program that includes a fully accredited private high school.

115 Mill St., Belmont, 617-855-2000,

New England Baptist Hospital
It’s the premier orthopedic hospital in a sports town—what else do you need to know? If an athlete needs an injury fixed, he’ll probably head to New England Baptist. Famous patients include Ted Williams, Jack Nicklaus, and the Celtics; the hospital also treats many a Boston Marathon runner who doesn’t make it to the finish line. One touch of sweetness among all the tough-guy sports stuff: Every patient is welcomed with a rose, just in case no one else bothers to send flowers.

125 Parker Hill Ave., Boston, 617-754-5800,

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
The Patriots and the Revolution rehab here, and you should, too. Thanks to its link with MGH and its own first-rate staff, Spaulding is one of the best physical rehab centers in the country. It’s especially renowned for its treatment of spinal cord trauma and brain trauma. If you don’t want to travel downtown, you can still benefit from Spaulding’s care: It’s the flagship of a network that includes nine area outpatient facilities, including a pediatric outpatient site in Lexington.

125 Nashua St., Boston, 617-573-7000,

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  • Christopher

    A few days after a bad fall I was rushed into Boston Baptist from South Shore Hospital by ambulance for an emergency MRI. At Baptist, I was ignored and left alone in horrible back pain with numbness and weakness in both my legs for 2 hours. A doctor finally came by, moved my legs around then released me at 3am without the emergency MRI, without anyone to pick me up or even the curtisey of a wheelchair when I could barley walk! A MRI I had a few days after showed that I had 3 herniated discs in my lower lumbar! I will NEVER go back to this so called hospital! No Rose for me!