Top Specialized Hospitals - Cardiac Surgery

World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2023

As part of Newsweek's commitment to cover all aspects of health, we've again partnered with global research firm Statista to rank the world's best specialized hospitals. Last year, we looked at the best facilities in 10 specialties: cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology and pediatrics. This year we are proud to expand that to 11 specialties, with the addition of urology. The ranking features the top 300 hospitals for cardiology and oncology, the top 200 for pediatrics, the top 150 for cardiac surgery and endocrinology and the top 125 each in gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, urology and pulmonology. And for the second year, Newsweek and Statista have developed a list of hospitals that best avail themselves of the most advanced technologies.

The World's Best Smart Hospitals 2023 ranks the 300 facilities in 28 countries that lead in their use of AI, digital imaging, telemedicine, robotics and electronic functionalities.

We hope that you will find our rankings helpful in finding the right hospital for yourself or a loved one.

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1Cleveland ClinicCardiovascular Surgery DepartmentCleveland, OHUnited States
2Mayo Clinic - RochesterCardiovascular SurgeryRochester, MNUnited States
3Massachusetts General HospitalCardiac SurgeryBoston, MAUnited States
4The Johns Hopkins HospitalHeart and Vascular InstituteBaltimore, MDUnited States
5The Mount Sinai HospitalHeart - Cardiology & Cardiovascular SurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
6Deutsches Herzzentrum BerlinKlinik für Herz-, Thorax- und GefäßchirurgieBerlinGermany
7Brigham And Women's HospitalCardiac SurgeryBoston, MAUnited States
8New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and CornellCardiac SurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
9The University of Tokyo HospitalCardiovascular SurgeryTokyoJapan
10AP-HP - Hôpital Universitaire Pitié SalpêtrièreDepartment of Cardiac SurgeryParisFrance
11Herzzentrum LeipzigHerzchirurgieLeipzigGermany
12Baylor St. Luke's Medical CenterCardiothoracic Surgery ClinicHouston, TXUnited States
13Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterCardiology departmentLos Angeles, CAUnited States
14Stanford Health Care - Stanford HospitalGeneral CardiologyStanford, CAUnited States
15NYU Langone HospitalsCardiothoracic SurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
16Duke University HospitalCardiovascular and Thoracic SurgeryDurham, NCUnited States
17Herz- und Diabeteszentrum Nordrhein-WestfalenKlinik für Thorax- und KardiovaskularchirurgieBad OeynhausenGermany
18Royal Brompton HospitalAdult cardiac surgeryLondonUnited Kingdom
19Toronto General - University Health NetworkCardiac SurgeryTorontoCanada
20Centro Cardiologico MonzinoDepartment of Cardiac and Vascular SurgeryMilanoItaly
21UCLA Health – Ronald Reagan Medical CenterCardiovascular CenterLos Angeles, CAUnited States
22Policlinico Sant'Orsola-MalpighiCardiac SurgeryBolognaItaly
23AP-HP - Hôpital Européen Georges PompidouService de Chirurgie cardio vasculaireParisFrance
24Northwestern Memorial HospitalCardiovascular instituteChicago, ILUnited States
25National Cerebral and Cardiovascular CenterCardiovascular surgery departmentSuitaJapan
26Charité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinKlinik für Kardiovaskuläre Chirurgie – HerzchirurgieBerlinGermany
27Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Penn PresbyterianPenn Cardiovascular Surgery Penn PresbyterianPhiladelphia, PAUnited States
28Houston Methodist HospitalDepartment of cardiologyHouston, TXUnited States
29University of Chicago Medical CenterHeart and Vascular CareChicago, ILUnited States
30Boston Children's HospitalCardiology departmentBoston, MAUnited States
31Medizinische Hochschule HannoverKlinik für Herz-, Thorax-, Transplantations- und GefäßchirurgieHannoverGermany
32UCSF Medical CenterCardiothoracic SurgerySan Francisco, CAUnited States
33Hospital General Universitario Gregorio MarañónCirugía CardiacaMadridSpain
34Universitätsklinikum HeidelbergKlinik für HerzchirurgieHeidelbergGermany
35Hospital Clínic de BarcelonaCardiovascular InstituteBarcelonaSpain
36AP-HP - Hôpital Bichat-Claude-BernardService de Chirurgie cardiaque et vasculaireParisFrance
37Sakakibara Heart InstituteCardiovascular SurgeryTokyoJapan
38University of Michigan Hospitals - Michigan MedicineCardiac SurgeryAnn Arbor, MIUnited States
39Mayo Clinic - Health System In Eau ClaireCardiac SurgeryEau Claire, WIUnited States
40Royal Melbourne Hospital - ParkvilleCardiothoracic Surgery ClinicParkvilleAustralia
41Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical CenterHeart & Vascular InstituteHouston, TXUnited States
42Instituto do CoraçãoCirurgia CardiovascularSao PauloBrazil
43Mayo Clinic - PhoenixCardiovascular institutePhoenix, AZUnited States
44Karolinska UniversitetssjukhusetCardiac SurgerySolnaSweden
45University of Washington Medical CenterCardiac SurgerySeattle, WAUnited States
46Great Ormond Street HospitalCardiothoracic Surgery ClinicLondonUnited Kingdom
47Baylor University Medical CenterCardiothoracic SurgeryDallas, TXUnited States
48Ospedale San Raffaele - Gruppo San DonatoCardiochirurgiaMilanoItaly
49Hospital Universitario La PazCirugía Cardiaca AdultosMadridSpain
50Universitätsklinikum BonnDepartment of Cardiac SurgeryBonnGermany
51Amsterdam UMCHartcentrumAmsterdamThe Netherlands
52Deutsches Herzzentrum München des Freistaates BayernKlinik für Herz- und GefäßchirurgieMünchenGermany
53Universitäts-Herzzentrum Freiburg - Bad KrozingenKlinik für Herz- und GefäßchirurgieFreiburgGermany
54Asan Medical CenterThoracic and Cardiovascular SurgerySeoulSouth Korea
55John Radcliffe HospitalCardiothoracic ServicesOxfordUnited Kingdom
56National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS)Cardiac SurgerySingaporeSingapore
57King's College HospitalCardiothoracic surgeryLondonUnited Kingdom
58Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Sant'AndreaUOC CardiochirurgiaRomaItaly
59Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterHeart and Vascular Institute - Cardiac SurgeryBaltimore, MDUnited States
60Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreCardiac SurgeryTorontoCanada
61The Prince Charles HospitalCardiothoracic SurgeryChermsideAustralia
62St Vincent’s Hospital - DarlinghurstCardiothoracic SurgeryDarlinghurstAustralia
63Royal Papworth HospitalCardiology departmentCambridgeUnited Kingdom
64Osaka University HospitalCardiovascular SurgeryOsakaJapan
65Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterCardiac SurgeryBoston, MAUnited States
66Mayo Clinic - JacksonvilleCardiovascular SurgeryJacksonville, FLUnited States
67Maastricht UMC+Hart+Vaat CentrumMaastrichtThe Netherlands
68Hospital Universitari Vall d'HebronCardiac SurgeryBarcelonaSpain
69Hospital Israelita Albert EinsteinCenter of Cardiology and Pediatric Cardiac SurgerySao PauloBrazil
70Instituto Dante Pazzanese de CardiologiaCirurgia CardiovascularSao PauloBrazil
71Universitätsspital ZürichUniversitäres Herzzentrum ZürichZürichSwitzerland
72Keio University HospitalCardiovascular SurgeryTokyoJapan
73Akademiska SjukhusetHjärtmottagningenUppsalaSweden
74St. Bartholomew's HospitalBarts Heart CentreLondonUnited Kingdom
75CHU Bordeaux - Groupe hospitalier PellegrinChirurgie Cardiaque AdulteBordeauxFrance
76Hospital Universitario 12 de OctubreCirugía CardiovascularMadridSpain
77Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterDepartment of SurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
78Complexo Hospitalario Universitario a CoruñaCirugía CardiacaA CoruñaSpain
79Aarhus UniversitetshospitalDepartment of Cardiothoracic and Vascular SurgeryAarhusDenmark
80Barnes-Jewish HospitalHeart & Vascular Center - Cardiac SurgerySaint Louis, MOUnited States
81All India Institute of Medical Sciences - DelhiCardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery (CTVS)DelhiIndia
82Alfried Krupp Krankenhaus RüttenscheidKlinik für Kardiologie, Elektrophysiologie, Nephrologie, Altersmedizin und IntensivmedizinEssenGermany
83St. Michael’s HospitalCardiac and Vascular Surgery Inpatient UnitTorontoCanada
84Narayana Institute of Cardiac SciencesCardiac SurgeryBangaloreIndia
85Cleveland Clinic - FloridaRobert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiac SurgeryWeston, FLUnited States
86Harefield HospitalCardiac and thoracic surgeryHarefieldUnited Kingdom
87Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San MatteoUnità Terapia Intensiva cardiologicaPaviaItaly
88Advocate Christ Medical CenterCardiovascular SurgeryOak Lawn, ILUnited States
89Seoul National University - Bundang HospitalThoracic & Cardiovascular SurgerySeongnam CitySouth Korea
90BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa de São PauloCardiologiaSao PauloBrazil
91Herzzentrum DresdenKlinik für HerzchirurgieDresdenGermany
92Juntendo University HospitalDepartment of Cardiovascular SurgeryTokyoJapan
93St. Luke's International HospitalCardiovascular CenterTokyoJapan
94University of Miami HospitalCardiovascularMiami, FLUnited States
95AP-HM - Hôpital de la TimoneChirurgie cardio-thoraciqueMarseilleFrance
96Azienda Ospedaliera di PadovaCardiochirurgiaPadovaItaly
97Hospital Pro CardiacoCardiologia - Cirurgia CardíacaRio De JaneiroBrazil
98Universitätsklinikum JenaKlinik für Herz- und ThoraxchirurgieJenaGermany
99UC San Diego Health - Jacobs Medical CenterHeart SurgerySan Diego, CAUnited States
100Centre Cardiologique du NordCardiac SurgerySaint-DenisFrance
101Centre hospitalier de l'Université de MontréalOpération du système cardiaqueMontrealCanada
102CHU Rennes - Site PontchaillouChirurgie thoracique, cardiaque et vasculaireRennesFrance
103Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital PlanoTexas Health Heart & Lung Surgical SpecialistsPlano, TXUnited States
104Guy's HospitalCardiac surgery servicesLondonUnited Kingdom
105Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo ForlaniniUOC Cardiochirurgia E Dei Trapianti Di CuoreRomaItaly
106Hospital Universitario Virgen del RocíoCardiología y Cirugia CardiovascularSevillaSpain
107California Pacific Medical CenterCPMC Cardiovascular SurgerySan Francisco, CAUnited States
108Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and MedicineCardiovascular surgeryTokyoJapan
109Charing Cross HospitalCardiothoracic surgeryLondonUnited Kingdom
110Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-EppendorfUniversitäres Herz- und Gefäßzentrum UKE HamburgHamburgGermany
111Hospital Clínico San CarlosCirugía CardíacaMadridSpain
112Children's Hospital ColoradoPediatric Heart SurgeryColorado Springs, COUnited States
113Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien - Medizinischer UniversitätscampusUniv. Klinik für HerzchirurgieWienAustria
114Hospital Universitario Puerta de HierroCirugía CardiacaMajadahondaSpain
115MedStar Georgetown University HospitalCardiac SurgeryWashington, WAUnited States
116Austin Hospital - HeidelbergHeart surgeryHeidelbergAustralia
117MD Anderson Cancer CenterThoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryHouston, TXUnited States
118Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade de Sao PauloCardiopneumologySao PauloBrazil
119LMU KlinikumMedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I (Kardiologie)MunichGermany
120Hospital Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de ReimsChirurgie Cardio-Vasculaire et ThoraciqueReims CedexFrancex
121University of California - Davis Medical CenterCardiothoracic SurgerySacramento, CAUnited States
122Advocate Sherman HospitalCardiovascular & Thoracic SurgeryElgin, ILUnited States
123Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIIICardiochirurgiaBergamoItaly
124Fortis Escorts Heart InstituteAdult Cardiothoracic & Vascular SurgeryDelhiIndia
125CHU Strasbourg - Hôpital CivilChirurgie cardiovasculaire, transplantation et assistance cardiaquesStrasbourgFrance
126Emory University HospitalDivision of Cardiothoracic SurgeryAtlanta, GAUnited States
127Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterCardiovascular & Thoracic SurgeryChicago, ILUnited States
128Institut Mutualiste MontsourisChirurgie CardiaqueParisFrance
129Universitätsklinikum des SaarlandesDepartment of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryHomburgGermany
130Herz- und Gefäß-KlinikKlinik für KardiochirurgieBad Neustadt an der SaaleGermany
131Adventhealth OrlandoCardiovascular InstituteOrlando, FLUnited States
132Hirslanden Klinik Im ParkCardiovascular medicineZürichSwitzerland
133AP-HP - Hôpital CochinService de CardiologieParisFrance
134Les Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) - Cluse-RoseraieCardiovascular Surgery DivisionGenevaSwitzerland
135Erasmus MCCardiothoracic SurgeryRotterdamThe Netherlands
136Arkansas Heart HospitalCardiovascular and thoracic departmentLittle Rock, ARUnited States
137Klinik Hirslanden ZürichHerzZentrum Hirslanden ZürichZurichSwitzerland
138AGAPLESION Bethanien KrankenhausKardiologieFrankfurtGermany
139Universitätsklinikum KölnHerz- und ThoraxchirurgieCologneGermany
140Universitätsklinikum ErlangenHerzchirurgische KlinikErlangenGermany
141Universitätsklinikum TübingenThorax-, Herz- und GefäßchirurgieTübingenGermany
142St Thomas' HospitalCardiac SurgeryLondonUnited Kingdom
143Baylor Scott and White - The Heart Hospital PlanoCardiothoracic SurgeryPlano, TXUnited States
144Asklepios Klinik St. GeorgHerzchirurgieHamburgGermany
145Universitätsklinikum RWTH AachenKlinik für HerzchirurgieAachenGermany
146Abbott Northwestern HospitalMinneapolis Heart InstituteMinneapolis, MNUnited States
147Elsan - Clinique Saint-AugustinChirurgie cardiovasculaire et thoraciqueBordeauxFrance
148Children's Hospital at WestmeadHeart Centre for ChildrenSydneyAustralia
149St Vincent's Private Hospital East MelbourneCardiothoracic surgeryMelbourneAustralia
150Liverpool Heart & Chest HospitalAdult Heart SurgeryLiverpoolAustralia
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The World's Best Specialized Hospitals 2023 ranking awards the leading hospitals worldwide in 11 medical fields: cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology, pediatrics and (for the first time) urology.
The lists are based on a global survey, to which over 40,000 medical professionals (doctors, health care professionals and hospital managers) were invited.
The ranking features the top 300 hospitals for cardiology and oncology, the top 200 for pediatrics, the top 150 for cardiac surgery and endocrinology and the top 125 for neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology and urology. The list is based on three data sources:

During the survey period from July to August 2022, thousands of experts were invited to an online survey in cooperation with Newsweek. Participants were asked to recommend hospitals based on their expertise in one primary medical field (e.g., cardiology for cardiologists) and were able to choose an optional secondary area of expertise in which they are also knowledgeable (e.g., due to frequent cooperation with other medical fields).
Several accreditations/certifications have been added to the scoring model (where available). Accreditations/certifications reflect a range of structural and/or quality requirements which are now relevant for the specialized rankings.
In 2022, Newsweek and Statista, together with an expert board, designed a survey regarding the status quo of implementation and use of generic and condition specific PROMs (patient reported outcome measures) hospital settings. This survey was sent to hospitals, collecting information from them directly. Newsweek and Statista understand the importance of this topic, adding the PROMs score to the scoring model for the first time.
Hospitals that specialize in more than one medical field received specific recommendation scores for each medical field based on the respective recommendations. Therefore, one hospital can be represented in more than one list if it receives enough recommendations in each medical field (up to being represented in all 11 lists).

Scoring Model
▸ RECOMMENDATIONS FROM PEERS (primary weighted 70%, secondary weighted 30%. Total weight 92.5%)
▸ PROMs SURVEY (2.5%)

Primary recommendations from experts in each medical field account for 70% of each hospital's preliminary reputation score. Secondary recommendations from medical professionals with knowledge in more than one medical field received a weight of 30% toward the preliminary reputation score.
From July to August 2022 Statista invited over 40,000 medical professionals (mostly doctors, but also hospital managers and other health care professionals) in over 20 countries to an online survey. The survey was also promoted on Participants were invited via email.
Participants were asked to recommend hospitals in their own field of expertise and were able to recommend hospitals of a secondary field. Recommendations for their own employer/hospital were not allowed. A score was assigned to each facility based on the number of weighted recommendations.For the first time, accreditations were used as an additional element of the scoring model (where available). The following accreditations/certifications reflect a range of structural and/or quality requirements which are now relevant for the specialized rankings:

▸CARF International(Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)
▸IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission)
▸JCI (Joint Commission International)

In addition to general hospital certifications, any available accreditations/certifications relevant to specific medical fields (e.g., pediatric specialty program for pediatrics, brain injury specialty program for neurology) were used as well.
For the first time, a PROMs score has been added to the scoring model of this year's edition of the ranking. In summer 2022, Newsweek and Statista reached out to hospitals and conducted a survey about the implementation and use of PROMs.
Patient reported outcome measurements are defined as standardized, validated questionnaires completed by patients to measure their perception of their functional well-being and quality of life. The purpose of the PROMs survey is to determine the status quo of implementation of generic and condition specific PROMs in hospital settings, audits and reporting of the data, and to determine whether the PROMs data is used to optimize the care process and to support therapeutic decisions in real-time.
In cooperation with a panel of experts, a grading system for the different questions was built to determine a PROMs Score. Only hospitals which achieved a minimum of 70% (of the maximum 100% score) were eligible to be graded on the PROMs score curve.

A global board of renowned experts provided guidance and feedback in the design of the PROMs survey:
Prof. Dr. David Bates , Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Gary Kaplan, Senior Advisor and Senior Vice President, CommonSpirit Health
Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Meier, Director, Department of Internal medicine, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland
Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Sheba Medical Center, Israel
Prof. Dr. Gregory Katz, Chair of Innovation Management & Value in Health, University of Paris Medical School, France
Dr. med. Jens Deerberg Wittram CEO, Romed Kliniken, Germany

The rankings are composed exclusively of hospitals that are eligible regarding the scope described here. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognition based on peer recommendations and publicly available data sources at the time. The ranking is the result of an elaborate process which, due to the interval of data collection and analysis, is a reflection of the last calendar year. Furthermore, events preceding or following the period August 17,2021 to August 17, 2022 and/or pertaining to individual persons affiliated/associated with the facilities were not included in the metrics. As such, the results of this ranking should not be used as the sole source of information for future deliberations. The information provided in this ranking should be considered in conjunction with other available information about hospitals or, if possible, accompanied by a visit to a facility. The quality of hospitals that are not included in the rankings is not disputed.

You can download the full methodology here.