Bascom Palmer Wins 18th
No. 1 National Ranking
Otolaryngology makes a big jump into the top 10
by Richard Westlund
U.S. News & World Report has ranked UHealth’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the nation’s best in ophthalmology in its 2019-2020 “Best Hospitals” rankings. This is the 18th time that Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians 30 years ago.
U.S. News had more good news: The Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology was ranked No. 9 in the U.S. — a dramatic jump from No. 41 in 2018. In addition, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which just earned National Cancer Institute designation, plus gastroenterology and GI surgery, and neurology and neurosurgery programs at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics were recognized as “high performing” by the publication.
Bascom Palmer is the largest ophthalmic care, research and educational facility in the southeastern United States. It has long been recognized as a global leader in vision research, medical education and patient care, and is at the forefront of innovation in fields like gene therapy, retinal chips, orbital prostheses and stem cell therapy.
The Department of Otolaryngology — noted for its research, clinical programs and patient outcomes — was ranked in the nation’s top 10 for the first time. The department’s UHealth Ear Institute provides comprehensive and innovative care of ear, hearing and balance disorders, and has a highly regarded auditory implant program.
The department also has one of the largest academic head-neck cancer groups in the country at Sylvester, offering innovative techniques such as oral cancer screening, robotic technology, microvascular reconstruction, sentinel node identification, and a specialized postoperative care unit. Other highly regarded programs include the skull base tumor team, internationally recognized nasal breathing and sinus disorders clinics, and the acclaimed laryngology-voice program.