UAB Hospital:

Nine University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital medical specialties - are among the nation's top 50 in the 16 categories evaluated at U.S. hospitals this year by U.S. News & World Report, and three others are classified as high performing. The rankings appear in the magazine's 21st annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue at newsstands on August 30, 2011.

Highlights for UAB Hospital this year include:

  • Rheumatology, 11th

  • Gynecology, 20th

  • Nephrology, 22nd

  • Pulmonary, 25th

  • Urology, 27th

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, 32nd

  • Geriatrics, 36th

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat, 36th

  • Gastroenterology, 37th

  • In addition, the magazine rated UAB's cancer program, orthopedics and cardiology/heart surgery as high-performing specialties.

Children's Hospital of Alabama:

Five pediatric specialties at the Children's Hospital of Alabama were listed among the top 30 nationwide. Children's, which is independent from the University of Alabama at Birmingham but staffed by its doctors, is the primary site for UAB's pediatric clinical and educational programs. It is the sole children's-only hospital in Alabama.

Highlights for Children's Hospital of Alabama this year include:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, 14th

  • Neonatology, 18th

  • Pulmonology, 21st

  • Kidney disorders, 22nd

  • Orthopedics, 30th

U.S. News and World Report ranks a number of programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham among the nation’s Top 10, including primary care, AIDS, health services and nursing services administration. The latest rankings were released in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” available online at

The School of Medicine primary care program rose to No. 10, up from No. 23 last year. The ranking reflects the school’s commitment to produce physicians who pursue residencies in one of the primary care fields. The school’s research ranking placed at No. 30.

The AIDS program in the School of Medicine rose from No. 9 to No. 6. Geriatrics ranked No. 12, up from No. 15.Internal medicine placed No. 20 and rural medicine ranked No. 15.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 9,600 academics and professionals.

The magazine also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities on a rotating basis, usually every three years. These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts, as are the health specialties.