Boston Children’s Hospital Named Best Pediatric Hospital in the U.S.

For the third year in a row, it topped U.S. News & World Report's rankings.

Boston Children’s Hospital was once again named the best pediatric hospital in the country, continuing Massachusetts’ long history as a medical powerhouse.

This is the third year in a row U.S. News & World Report has given Boston Children’s the top spot in its annual rankings, and the fourth time in five years it’s won that title. This year, Boston Children’s was followed by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston.

For 2016, Boston Children’s took top honors in seven of the 10 categories included in the rankings: cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology. In addition, the hospital’s partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, placed first in the pediatric cancer category.

U.S. News assembles its list based on a survey sent to 183 hospitals, and on polls sent to pediatric specialists across the country. To get into the top 10, an institution has to place in the highest 10 percent of hospitals in three or more specialties.

Boston Children’s isn’t Boston’s only medical juggernaut. Harvard was again named the best research medical school in the country this year, and Massachusetts General Hospital is the reigning best hospital in the United States.