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Awards & Honors


2020 U.S. News & World Reports Best Hospitals Badge - Ranked in 11 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 11 data-driven specialties and received the highest rating in all 16 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
Cancer 13
Cardiology & Heart Surgery 37
Diabetes & Endocrinology 7
Ear, Nose & Throat 20
Gastroenterology/GI Surgery 20
Geriatrics 19
Gynecology 14
Neurology & Neurosurgery 17
Orthopedics 31
Pulmonology 25
Urology 43


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 has been redesignated every five years since, most currently through 2018.

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.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Received from The Joint Commission. Barnes-Jewish was the first hospital in St. Louis to earn the initial Primary Stroke certification in 2007; in 2013 we advanced to achieve Comprehensive Stroke certification for having the critical elements in place to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is recognized as a Level 4 designated center, the highest level, by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers for providing the most comprehensive forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatments for those who suffer from seizure disorders compared to other centers. As a Level 4 center, we offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery using the most advanced technology and clinical expertise.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Received in 2006 from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery; successful recertification every three years since (most recent 2018).

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.

Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.

To schedule an appointment with a Washington University physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 888.998.7953

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