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

Recognized Nationally in 12 Specialties
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Choosing a medical center for you or your loved one can be confusing. However, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital list is a tool that can help make the decision easier.

For the 22nd consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as one of America’s “Best Hospitals.” We are: 

*U.S. News describes High Performing as “hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.” 

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Only 144 of the 4,743 hospitals evaluated were ranked in at least one specialty. 

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: 

  • 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. 

Nationally Ranked Specialties 


U.S. News ranked us as the #1 Best Hospital in North Carolina for Cancer, and #20 in the country. Our Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 41 cancer centers in the nation (and the only one in western North Carolina) designated as “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute. That means you’ll have access the latest technology, treatments and research. 

Ear, Nose & Throat 

Our ear, nose & throat (ENT)/head & neck surgeons are committed to providing leading edge, compassionate health care. Patients come to us from a five-state area and beyond. We specialize in: 


Our doctors are world leaders in research on: 

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. 


We offer patients a full range of services. Our doctors have extensive knowledge gained from research in these areas and more: 

  • Asthma 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Lung injury 
  • Obstructive airway disease 
  • Lung cancer 
  • Critical care medicine 

High Performing Specialties 

Cardiology & Heart Surgery 

Our Heart and Vascular Center is a national leader in cardiovascular care, surgery and research. And you know you’ll receive high quality care because we’ve demonstrated our expertise in several areas: 

  • Gold-level provider (highest level) for heart attack care – American College of Cardiology 
  • 3 stars (highest rating) – Society of Thoracic Surgeons 
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center since 2004 
  • Exceed national standard for treating emergency chest pain with balloon angioplasty 

Diabetes & Endocrinology 

Our Endocrinology and Metabolism doctors treat: 

  • Diabetes 
  • Lipoprotein metabolism 
  • Thyroid disease 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Hypothalamic and pituitary disease 
  • Adrenal disease 
  • Calcium regulation abnormalities 
  • Gonadal dysfunction

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 

Patients throughout the area come to Wake Forest Baptist for treatment of simple to complex problems. Specialty areas are: 

Our Endoscopic Ultrasound program is one of the largest of its type in the Southeast. 


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


Our Obstetrics and Gynecology experts offer services in all areas of women’s health including reproductive medicine. 

Neurology & Neurosurgery 

Patients receive next-generation diagnostics, technology and treatment at Wake Forest Baptist. Conditions we treat include: 

Our services include one of the nation’s leading epilepsy centers and one of only 34 ALS treatment facilities in the U.S.


Our orthopaedic specialists treat all types of conditions, from broken bones to complex joint replacements. Our goal is to return you to an active life as soon as possible, with rehabilitation programs that help you improve your activity. Our sports medicine team treats high-level performers, “weekend warriors” and young athletes with the same level of personalized care. 


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. We care for patients with common as well as the most complicated diseases. These include:

Previous U.S. News & World Report Rankings

2013: Ranked in 12 Medical Specialties, Wake Forest Baptist is among the Nation’s Best Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report 

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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Last Updated: 04-13-2015
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