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2019 U.S. News & World Reports Best Hospitals Badge - Ranked in 10 specialtiesCONSISTENTLY RANKED ONE OF NATION’S TOP HOSPITALS

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine have ranked among the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Barnes-Jewish is the only hospital in the St. Louis region to be recognized among the best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Barnes-Jewish was ranked in 10 data-driven specialties and received the highest rating in 9 common care procedures.

In tabulating the rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed more than 10,000 specialists and evaluated data from nearly 5,000 hospitals across the U.S.

Barnes-Jewish Ranked Specialties US Ranking Missouri Ranking
Cancer 17 1
Cardiology & Heart Surgery 28 1
Diabetes & Endocrinology 22 1
Ear, Nose & Throat 34 1
Gastroenterology/GI Surgery 30 1
Geriatrics 22 1
Gynecology 15 1
Nephrology 16 1
Neurology & Neurosurgery 20 1
Pulmonology 32 1


Consumers look to the U.S. News & World Report rankings to help them find the best hospital care available when they are facing critical medical conditions and complicated procedures.

Learn more about what the rankings mean and how they are determined at


In addition to being the best hospital in St. Louis and the only hospital ranked by U.S. News in Missouri, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the recipient of additional awards and designations.

Magnet Hospital

The highest honor for excellence in nursing. Barnes-Jewish, the first adult hospital in Missouri to receive the designation, was initially recognized in 2003 and redesignated in 2008 and 2013.

Level I Trauma Center

Barnes-Jewish Hospital's trauma program has earned the distinction of Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons, the highest national recognition possible. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is one of three hospitals in the State of Missouri to earn this prestigious honor.

Top-five Highly Prepared Trauma Center

Received in 2006 from the National Foundation for Trauma Care and given to acknowledge trauma centers prepared to provide care in the event of a disaster.

Comprehensive Cancer Center

Received from the National Cancer Institute in acknowledgement of the hospital’s Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

Epilepsy Center of Excellence

Received from The Joint Commission. One of the nation’s first three epilepsy centers to receive this certification for its care of patients with seizures.

Primary Stroke Center

Received from The Joint Commission. Barnes-Jewish was the first hospital in St. Louis to earn this certification for having the critical elements in place to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Received in 2006 from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

Lung Volume Reduction Center of Excellence

Received in 2007 from The Joint Commission in acknowledgement of the hospital’s longstanding clinical excellence, outstanding patient care and leadership in thoracic surgery.

National Cancer Institute “exceptional” Rating

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis an “exceptional” rating, based on a rigorous review of Siteman’s research programs.

Excellence in LGBT Healthcare Equality

Recognized as having “Excellence in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

To schedule an appointment with a Washington University physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 314-TOP-DOCS (867-3627) or toll free 866-867-3627.

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