NEWS | June 18, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked among nation's best by U.S. News & World Report


UC Davis Children’s Hospital is again nationally ranked in five pediatric specialties in the new 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 

A U.S. News best children's hospital in neonatology, diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, *orthopedics, and *urology (together with Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California). A U.S. News best children's hospital in neonatology, diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, *orthopedics, and *urology (together with Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California).

To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. UC Davis Children's Hospital is nationally ranked among the nation’s 50 best in these five specialty care areas:

  • 30th nationally in neonatology
  • 33rd nationally in nephrology
  • 47th nationally in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology
  • 8th nationally in orthopedics
  • 20th nationally in urology

The orthopedics and urology rankings were awarded in collaboration with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic disorders and urological issues.

“We are proud that UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized nationally in the U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals rankings again this year,” said Brad Simmons, interim chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and its children’s hospital. “These awards highlight the world-class pediatric specialty care that our entire Children’s Hospital team provides to families right here in Northern California.”

Eighty-four hospitals across the country ranked nationally in at least one specialty. The following five UC Davis Children’s Hospital specialties are recognized by U.S. News for providing care for the region's most seriously ill patients:

  • The UC Davis Division of Neonatology (ranked 30th nationally) cares for premature and term infants with a wide variety of health conditions, including birth asphyxia, congenital heart disease, congenital anomalies, infectious diseases and respiratory distress. The UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level IV-designated nursery (the highest possible rating) for the Sacramento region, providing clinical care for infants throughout Northern California and conducting research on health problems facing infants, including those who are born very prematurely, are extremely ill, or require surgery.
  • The UC Davis pediatric nephrology and renal transplant program (ranked 33rd nationally) provides the only outpatient dialysis service for patients under 10 years of age or 44 pounds. The pediatric nephrology clinic cares for children on dialysis and those with chronic kidney disease, renal transplants, hypertension, urinary tract infections, glomerulonephritis, stones, renal tubular acidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases, hydronephrosis and other prenatally diagnosed renal anomalies. The clinic follows a patient-centered, multidisciplinary team approach, in which transplant surgeons, urologists, social workers, psychologists, dietitians and clinical nurses work together to care for patients.
  • The UC Davis pediatric diabetes and endocrinology team (ranked 47th nationally) manages children with all types of disorders of the endocrine system using a multidisciplinary team approach to provide the best evaluation and treatment for children and their families. Children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, growth disorders, precocious and delayed puberty, disorders of sexual development, as well as other complex disorders of the regulation of hormone function, are offered state-of-the-art care.  
  • The pediatric orthopedic program (ranked 8th nationally) offers comprehensive musculoskeletal (bone, joint, or muscle) care for children. UC Davis pediatric orthopedic surgeons diagnose, treat and manage children’s musculoskeletal problems such as limb and spine deformities, gait abnormalities, broken bones and bone or joint infections and tumors. The pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation department provides a variety of rehabilitation services for pediatric inpatients and outpatients. These include specialized clinics for muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disease, acquired pediatric brain injuries and spina bifida, cerebral palsy and spasticity management.
  • Pediatric urologic surgeons (ranked 20th nationally) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital care for infants and children with problems related to the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitalia, and for children with spina bifida. The program (ranked 20th nationally) is a national leader in clinical research and studying tissue engineering and stem cells to improve treatments for children with urological disorders.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data as well as an annual survey of pediatric specialists. Survival rates, nurse staffing, procedure volume and more can be viewed at

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, specialty, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill patients, including a Level I children’s surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a part of UC Davis Medical Center. For more information, visit