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U.S. News & World Report Rankings Puts Wake Forest Baptist Among Nation’s Top Medical Centers

With its recent national U.S. News & World Report rankings in 12 of 16 medical specialties, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center joins an elite group—fewer than 0.5 percent of the 4,806 hospitals surveyed.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings place Wake Forest Baptist in the company of major innovators in research and clinical treatment such as Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings cover the full range of services available at a top academic medical center, include cutting-edge technology, research aimed at developing the treatments and cures of tomorrow, and top-notch care by physicians and nurses. Much of the technology and many of the products developed by Wake Forest Baptist physicians and scientists are available for licensing or use by partners through Wake Forest Innovations. Contact Wake Forest Innovations at

Wake Forest Baptist Specialties Recognized by U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Nephrology: Ranked No. 9 in the country, Wake Forest Baptist performs groundbreaking genomics research on kidney disease, operates the largest network of academic-operated dialysis centers in the nation and is one of the nation’s top transplant centers.

Cancer: The Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 41 recognized by the National Cancer Institute and conducts biomedical research and clinical trials across seven states.

Pulmonology: A leader in critical care and airways diseases research and clinical practice, with several multimillion-dollar grants in asthma, aging, and allergy and infectious disease research.

Ear, Nose & Throat: Offers advanced diagnostic techniques and therapies to treat common and complex disorders with innovative, multidisciplinary approaches. The Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders offers treatment and research in laryngology, speech pathology, neurology, gastroenterology and vocal pedagogy.

Diabetes & Endocrinology: A national leader through the Center of Diabetes Research, Wake Forest Baptist offers unique care and education through its local Joslin Diabetes Center. Research focuses on how genes affect diabetes, memory, thinking and changes in brain structure.

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery: The Digestive Health Center at Wake Forest Baptist is a nationwide referral program for patients with digestive problems that range from the common to the very unusual and complex.

Gynecology: The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center, provides advanced treatments for gynecologic conditions. Wake Forest School of Medicine is home to the Center for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Neurology & Neurosurgery: The Neurosciences program offers advanced treatments for complex neurological and spinal disorders affecting the brain, the central nervous system and sleep disorders.

Urology: Wake Forest Baptist is a national leader in minimally invasive procedures, including robot-assisted surgery and expertise that helped develop the technology that treats urologic conditions. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is a world leader in the engineering of replacement tissues and organs and development of healing cell therapies. • Geriatrics: The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging, one of the first multidisciplinary centers to promote the health and independence of older adults, offers research studies in memory loss and motor skills.

Cardiology & Heart Surgery: The Heart Center is recognized as a Gold-level care provider by the American College of Cardiology, in treatment of heart disease. Heart Center researchers are involved in multicenter studies exploring new therapies and preventive measures for cardiovascular diseases.

Orthopedics: Long a leader in development of new surgical techniques, the department has helped to develop minimally invasive procedures.

Wake Forest Innovations works with partners and manages new businesses based on the ideas, discoveries and scientific research assets of Wake Forest Baptist, as well as Wake Forest University. For more information, contact Wake Forest Innovations at