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UCLA Health recognized as one of the best hospitals for cancer care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center was ranked No. 1 in Los Angeles and California, rise to No. 8 in nation

Post Date:July 27, 2021 8:00 AM
Dr. Michael Teitell (right), Director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has been named the No. 8 hospital for cancer care in the country and No. 1 in Los Angeles and California by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospital Specialty Rankings issue. The rankings mark the 22nd consecutive year UCLA has been distinguished as one of the best hospitals in the industry for diagnosing and treating various forms of cancer.

As part of the publication’s overall Best Hospitals Honor Roll, UCLA Health was ranked No. 1 in Los Angeles and California and No. 3 nationally. This Honor Roll is reserved for only 20 hospitals that provide the highest quality care across an array of specialties, procedures and conditions.

UCLA treats some of the toughest and most challenging cancer types at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, and in many of its community clinics located throughout Southern California.

“This honor is a testament to the incredible work our physicians, scientists, nurses and our entire healthcare team do every day to provide those who have cancer and those who are affected by the disease with holistic and individualized care,” said Michael Teitell, MD, PhD, director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It’s a shining example of the cancer center’s excellence in interdisciplinary care and highlights the dedication our researchers have to translating basic science into leading-edge clinical studies to help the millions of people diagnosed with cancer each year.”

To determine the top hospitals for treating cancer in adults for 2021-22, U.S. News & World Report uses data compiled from cancer hospitals nationwide. Each hospital was assessed in several different categories such as survival score data, patient experience, hospital volume and designation as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Center that reflects skill and experience in treating the most challenging and complex cases.

The UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 51 cancer centers designated as “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute. This designation is given to cancer centers that meet the highest standards in research focused on developing new and better approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

Cancer centers designated as comprehensive engage in community outreach activities, survivorship studies and programs, improving the quality of life for people while being treated for cancer through symptom management, studying disparities in access to healthcare services in underserved communities and providing interventions, and in training the next generation of physician-scientists, basic scientists and population science researchers.

In addition to consistently ranking on the U.S. News & World Report list, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and its physicians and researchers have been honored with numerous prestigious awards. Among many recent honors, UCLA researchers have won three Lasker awards since 2009, including two Lasker-Debakey Clinical Medical Research Awards and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award.

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