UCSF continues to be ranked among top in the nation for psychiatric care by U.S. News & World Report

By Nicholas Roznovsky and Elizabeth Fernandez


For the fourth year in a row, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and UCSF Medical Center have been ranked among the nation's top centers for adult psychiatry in U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Hospitals survey.

U.S. News’ 2018-2019 rankings were calculated based on ratings by psychiatric specialists across the country over the past three years. UCSF Psychiatry remains the only psychiatric department in Northern California included in the top echelon.

In this year’s results, released August 14, UCSF ranked sixth on the national Best Hospitals Honor Roll and received special recognition for exceptional performance in 15 medical specialties, including top-10 status in a dozen. It was recognized as the best hospital in California for cancer care, and was ranked third nationwide and best in the West for neurology and neurosurgery.

UCSF Medical Center also was recognized as the best hospital on the West Coast in seven other specialties – urology, kidney disorders, diabetes and endocrine disorders, gynecology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and rheumatology (musculoskeletal and immune disorders) – and was the best hospital in Northern California in geriatrics, ophthalmology, psychiatry, and gastroenterology and GI surgery.

“These achievements reflect our daily commitment to providing the very best health care possible,” said Mark R. Laret, chief executive officer and president of UCSF Health. “Ultimately, they reflect the talent and dedication of our care teams to constantly push to improve and innovate on our patients’ behalf.”

About U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings

U.S. News' annual rankings, now in their 28th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care. The 11 hospitals ranked in adult psychiatry this year were named among the best for difficult cases and procedures by at least 5 percent of the psychiatric specialists who responded to U.S. News surveys in 2016, 2017, and 2018. U.S. News does not currently issue rankings for child and adolescent psychiatry.

The 2018-2019 rankings were published online on August 14 and are available for free at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/psychiatry.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in North Carolina.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise.

It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major branch of the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.