The U.S. News & World Report 2020-2021 Best Hospitals list ranks the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB No. 25 in the country for cancer care. This is the first top-25 ranking for the Cancer Center.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment and a testimony to the hard work of our clinical, research and community outreach teams,” said Barry Sleckman, M.D. Ph.D., director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer. “We are committed to every single person in Alabama getting premium cancer care when they need it most, and this ranking reflects just that. I can’t emphasize enough that, when it comes to cancer care, it matters where you are treated first.”

Once again, U.S. News also named UAB the best hospital in Alabama. Cancer is one of seven specialty programs at UAB that were ranked in the top 30 by this year’s Best Hospitals report.

For the report, U.S. News analyzed data from nearly 5,000 medical centers and survey responses from more than 30,000 physicians. Survival rates, patient experience, specialized staff and advanced technologies were among the factors weighed.

With an overall score of 59.8 out of 100, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB received "very high" to "excellent" scores in each of the three data categories used to determine national rank. Two cancer-related procedures were also listed as “high-performing” in the report: colon cancer surgery and lung cancer surgery."

The Best Hospitals rankings assess hospital performance in 16 specialties or specialty areas. In 12 of these, rankings are determined by an extensive data-driven analysis combining performance measures in three primary dimensions of health care: structure, process/expert opinion, and outcomes. In the four other specialties, ranking relies solely on expert opinion.

The structural measures include hospital volume, nurse staffing and other resources that define the hospital environment. The data source for most structural measures is the American Hospital Association Annual Survey. Additional resources include the National Cancer Institute’s list of NIH-designated cancer centers and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s roster of Nurse Magnet hospitals.

Read more about where UAB scored in this year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.


Bob Shepard contributed to this report.