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

By Nicholas Roznovsky and Elizabeth Fernandez

UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry has been ranked among the top ten centers for adult psychiatry in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Hospitals survey.

2017-2018 Best Hospitals for Psychiatry

1 McLean Hospital
(Belmont, MA)
2 Massachusetts General Hospital
(Boston, MA)
3 Menninger Clinic
(Houston, TX)
4 New York-Presbyterian Hospital
(New York, NY)
5 Johns Hopkins Hospital
(Baltimore, MD)
6 Sheppard Pratt Hospital
(Baltimore, MD)
7 Mayo Clinic
(Rochester, MN)
8 Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA
(Los Angeles, CA)
9 Austen Riggs Center
(Stockbridge, MA)
10 UCSF Medical Center
(San Francisco, CA)
11 Yale-New Haven Hospital
(New Haven, CT)
12 UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside
(Pittsburgh, PA)
Source: U.S. News & World Report 2017-2018 Best Hospitals survey

U.S. News’ 2017-2018 rankings were calculated based on ratings by psychiatric specialists across the country over the past three years. UCSF Psychiatry, which improved two spots from its ranking in 2015 and 2016, remains the only psychiatric department in Northern California included in the top echelon.

Overall, UCSF was ranked as the 5th best hospital in the nation and top-ranked medical center in California, earning top-tier status in 15 medical specialties. This high performance placed it once again on the U.S. News Honor Roll, which highlights hospitals that are exceptional in numerous medical specialties. U.S. News evaluated the clinical performance of 4,658 hospitals across the country, as well as the results of surveys from thousands of physicians.

“We are extremely proud of the UCSF Health team, whose members work so hard, every day, to provide the highest quality, innovative care to our patients,” said Sam Hawgood, MBBS, chancellor of UC San Francisco. “Their work is at the heart of UCSF’s mission, and is integrated with, and informed by, our other missions of advancing medical research discoveries and graduate level education in the health sciences.”

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 12 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 2015, 2016, and 2017. U.S. News does not currently issue rankings for child and adolescent psychiatry.

The 2017-2018 rankings were published online on August 8 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 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 top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.