For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized the Department of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as the leading department of pediatrics in the United States.
Announced on Wednesday by the magazine in its annual listing of the best medical schools and other graduate programs, this recognition marks the 13th consecutive year that this department has been ranked first or second in the nation.
“We extend congratulations to our faculty and staff and particularly, to Dr. Joseph St. Geme, our physician-in-chief and Pediatrics Department chair, for the impressive record of medical and academic excellence recognized today,” said Madeline Bell, president and chief executive officer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
This year’s rankings of the top three departments of pediatrics were exactly the same as a year ago. Following the CHOP and Penn department as the nation’s best were the departments at Harvard University in second place and the University of Cincinnati in the third spot.
The 2017 rankings rely on expert opinions about program excellence as well as on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys of administrators, academics and professionals, conducted during late 2015 and early 2016. The rankings also take into account an institution’s research activity, reflected in grant awards to faculty from the National Institutes of Health.