UF Children’s Hospital receives national recognition 

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital
UF Health Shands Children's Hospital
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The UF Children’s Hospital diabetes and endocrinology program was ranked No. 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2023-2024 ratings Wednesday.  

The ranking is the highest the diabetes and endocrinology program has achieved. It joins three other top-rated programs at UF Health that include pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery (No. 24), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 26), and neonatology (No. 35).  

UF Health Dr. David Nelson
Courtesy UF Health Dr. David Nelson

“These rankings reflect the essence of what takes place every day at UF Health: warm, compassionate care delivered by devoted teams of physicians, nurses and staff. Their dedication to our youngest patients is a source of pride and inspiration to us all,” said Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, in a press release. 

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The record ranking for the diabetes and endocrinology programs derives from the commitment to caring for patients and advancing research, stated Dr. Michael J. Haller, the division chief of pediatric endocrinology, in a press release.  

“These rankings further validate the incredible work that our team does to take care of children and youth with endocrine disorders and our ongoing climb into the top 10 means that our colleagues across the country recognize and respect the outstanding work we do,” Haller said.  

For neonatology, it marked the eighth time the program was nationally ranked since 2010-11. And it was the diabetes and endocrinology program received its 14th straight year receiving a top 30 ranking.  

According to the press release, the program’s high ranking was not surprising. It has earned worldwide respect as an excellent program due to 30 years of advancing research in diabetes.  

The U.S. News & Worlds report is compiled by evaluating the data of approximately 5,000 hospitals. To be considered for national ranking, the hospital must care for the sickest, most medically complex patients. According to their website, across the 15 specialties being evaluated, only 164 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. 

Last year, the UF Shands Children’s Hospital was ranked number one in the state. This year, their regional ranking dropped to No. 3. 

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