Nationally Ranked as One of America’s “Best Hospitals”

2013-2014 USNWR Ranked in 12 Specialties Badge

For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as one of America’s “Best Hospitals.”

We are nationally ranked in 12 specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

According to U.S. News Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, America’s “Best Hospital” list is a tool to help evaluate hospitals. This is particularly true if you or family members need a complex procedure, have special considerations (such as advanced age or additional complications), or require care for a less-than-routine condition. To be nationally ranked, a hospital must excel across a variety of difficult cases within a given specialty.

“All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send their toughest cases.” 

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Our Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 41 cancer centers in the nation (and the only one in the Triad and western North Carolina) designated as “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute. That means you’ll have access to the latest technology, treatments and research.

2013-2014 USNWR Cancer Badge

Cardiology & Heart Surgery

The Heart Center demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care in several areas. The American College of Cardiology recognized the Heart Center for heart attack care as a Gold-level provider, the highest level available. In addition, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons gave our Heart Center its highest rating: 3 stars.

2013-2014 USNWR Cardiology and Heart Surgery Badge

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Endocrinology and Metabolism physicians deliver the highest quality medical care to large numbers of patients. Conditions our doctors treat include the following: diabetes mellitus, disorders of lipoprotein metabolism, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, hypothalamic and pituitary disease, adrenal disease, abnormalities in calcium regulation, and gonadal dysfunction.

2013-2014 USNWR Diabetes and Endocrinology Badge

Ear, Nose & Throat

Our ear, nose & throat/head & neck surgeons are committed to providing leading edge health care to our patients. They also maintain open channels of communication with your primary care doctor. We believe this is the best way to provide excellent service and improve your overall health.

2013-2014 USNWR Ear Nose and Throat Badge


Patients throughout the area come to Wake Forest Baptist for treatment of simple to complex digestive problems. Special areas of expertise include gastroesophageal reflux disease and gastrointestinal neuromuscular disorders. Our Endoscopic Ultrasound program is one of the largest of its type in the Southeast.

 2013-2014 USNWR Gastroenterology and GI Surgery Badge


We provide a variety of services such as the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit (ACE), one of only a few programs in the U.S. designed to treat older adults with acute medical problems requiring hospital admission. Our researchers are advancing scientific knowledge of memory impairment as well as ways to improve the health and independence of older adults.

 2013-2014 USNWR Geriatrics Badge


In addition to reproductive medicine, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist offers comprehensive services in all areas of women’s health.

2013-2014 USNWR Gynecology Badge


Our doctors are world leaders in research on inherited kidney diseases, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, hypertension and the genetics of kidney disease. Wake Forest Baptist also has the largest kidney transplant program in the state (and one of the 20 most active kidney and pancreas transplant programs in the nation). In addition, we offer patients 16 conveniently located dialysis facilities throughout the Triad and western Piedmont.

 2013-2014 USNWR Nephrology Badge

Neurology & Neurosurgery

Patients with brain tumors, movement disorders, stroke and spinal problems receive next-generation diagnostics, technology and treatment at Wake Forest Baptist. Our services also include one of the nation’s leading epilepsy centers and one of only 34 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) treatment facilities in the U.S.

2013-2014 USNWR Neurology and Neurosurgery Badge


Many of our orthpaedic surgeons specialize in unique procedures (several of which are minimally invasive) not performed at any other area hospitals. Because we are involved in orthopaedic research, we have also implemented new pain and anesthesia protocols not found in other community hospitals.

2013-2014 USNWR Orthopedics Badge


Wake Forest Baptist offers patients with allergies and respiratory diseases a full range of services. Our doctors have extensive clinical knowledge gained from research in these areas and more: asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung injury, obstructive airway disease, lung cancer and critical care medicine.

 2013-2014 USNWR Pulmonology Badge


Each week, hundreds of patients choose to be treated at the only urology practice in western North Carolina that is part of an academic medical center. Our urologists care for patients with common as well as the most complicated diseases – from prostate and bladder cancer to congenital abnormalities.

 2013-2014 USNWR Urology Badge

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Previous U.S. News & World Report Rankings

2012: Cancer, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology and Urology

2011: Cancer; Gynecology; Nephrology; Urology

2010: Cancer; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gynecology; Heart & Heart Surgery; Kidney Disorders; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Pulmonology; Urology

2009: Respiratory Disorders; Cancer; Kidney Disease; Urology; Gynecology

2008: Respiratory Disorders; Cancer; Endocrinology; Kidney Disease; Urology

2007: Endocrinology; Ear, Nose & Throat

2006: Ear, Nose & Throat; Urology

2005: Cancer

2004: Urology; Geriatrics; Cancer; Ear, Nose & Throat

2003: Cancer; Geriatrics; Urology; Ear, Nose & Throat; Heart & Heart Surgery; Orthopaedics

2002: Geriatrics; Ear, Nose & Throat; Urology; Heart & Heart Surgery; Cancer: Orthopaedics

2001: Geriatrics; Heart; Urology; Ear, Nose & Throat; Cancer; Orthopaedics

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