Top Specialized Hospitals - Neurosurgery

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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RankHospitalDepartmentCityCountryPROMS
1Mayo Clinic - RochesterNeurology and NeurosurgeryRochester, MNUnited States
2New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and CornellNeurology & NeurosurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
3National Hospital For Neurology and Neurosurgery - Queen SquareLondonUnited Kingdom
4Charité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinKlinik für NeurochirurgieBerlinGermany
5Cleveland ClinicNeurological InstituteCleveland, OHUnited States
6Massachusetts General HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryBoston, MAUnited States
7The Johns Hopkins HospitalDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryBaltimore, MDUnited States
8The Mount Sinai HospitalNeurosurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
9AP-HP - Hôpital Universitaire Pitié SalpêtrièreService de NeurochirurgieParisFrance
10Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterDepartment of NeurosurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
11UCSF Medical CenterUCSF Neurosurgery ClinicSan Francisco, CAUnited States
12The University of Tokyo HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryTokyoJapan
13Universitätsklinikum HeidelbergNeurochirurgische KlinikHeidelbergGermany
14Stanford Health Care - Stanford HospitalStanford NeurosurgeryStanford, CAUnited States
15Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical CenterDepartment of NeurosurgeryPhoenix, AZUnited States
16Brigham And Women's HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryBoston, MAUnited States
17Mayo Clinic - PhoenixNeurology and NeurosurgeryPhoenix, AZUnited States
18MD Anderson Cancer CenterNeurosurgery DepartmentHouston, TXUnited States
19Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterNeurology and NeurosurgeryBaltimore, MDUnited States
20Karolinska UniversitetssjukhusetDepartment of NeurosurgerySolnaSweden
21Fondazione I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Neurologico Carlo BestaDipartimento NeurochirurgiaMilanoItaly
22Duke University HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryDurham, NCUnited States
23NYU Langone HospitalsDepartment of NeurosurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
24Montreal General Hospital - McGill University Health CentreNeurosurgery ClinicMontrealCanada
25Maastricht UMC+NeurochirurgieMaastrichtThe Netherlands
26Great Ormond Street HospitalNeurosurgery departmentLondonUnited Kingdom
27King's College HospitalNeurosurgeryLondonUnited Kingdom
28Lenox Hill HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
29Severance Hospital - Yonsei UniversityNeurosurgerySeoulSouth Korea
30Hospital For Special SurgerySpine CenterNew York, NYUnited States
31BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa de São PauloNeurocirurgiaSao PauloBrazil
32Aalborg UniversitetshospitalNeurokirurgisk AfdelingAalborgDenmark
33Northwestern Memorial HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryChicago, ILUnited States
34Brigham And Women's Faulkner HospitalBrigham and Women's Comprehensive Spine CenterBoston, MAUnited States
35Hospital Israelita Albert EinsteinEinstein Surgery CenterSao PauloBrazil
36Hospital Alemão Oswaldo CruzCentro especializado em Tumores do Cérebro e ColunaSao PauloBrazil
37Addenbrooke'sNeurosurgeryCambridgeUnited Kingdom
38Gangnam Severance Hospital - Yonsei UniversityNeurosurgerySeoulSouth Korea
39Medizinische Hochschule HannoverKlinik für NeurochirugieHannoverGermany
40Hospital Universitario 12 de OctubreNeurocirugíaMadridSpain
41Mayo Clinic - Health System In Eau ClaireNeurosurgeryEau Claire, WIUnited States
42Sheba Medical CenterDepartment of NeurosurgeryRamat GanIsraelx
43AP-HM - Hôpital de la TimoneNeurochirurgieMarseilleFrance
44Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterDepartment of NeurosurgeryLos Angeles, CAUnited States
45Hospital General Universitario Gregorio MarañónNeurocirugíaMadridSpain
46Hospital for Sick ChildrenDivision of NeurosurgeryTorontoCanada
47Universitätsklinikum BonnNeurochirurgieBonnGermany
48UCLA Health – Santa Monica Medical CenterDepartment of NeurosurgerySanta Monica, CAUnited States
49Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Penn PresbyterianDepartment of NeurosurgeryPhiladelphia, PAUnited States
50Toronto General - University Health NetworkKrembil Neuroscience Centre - Division of NeurosurgeryTorontoCanada
51Nagoya University HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryNagoyaJapan
52Universitätsklinikum FreiburgKlinik für NeurochirurgieFreiburgGermany
53Kyoto University HospitalDepartment of NeurologyKyotoJapan
54Queen Elizabeth Hospital BirminghamNeurology & NeurosurgeryBirminghamUnited Kingdom
55AP-HP - Hôpital LariboisièreNeurochirurgieParisFrance
56CHU Bordeaux - Groupe hospitalier PellegrinService de NeurochirurgieBordeauxFrance
57Boston Children's HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryBoston, MAUnited States
58Hospital Universitario Virgen del RocíoNeurocirugíaSevillaSpain
59Keio University HospitalDivision of NeurosurgeryTokyoJapan
60Charing Cross HospitalNeurosurgeryLondonUnited Kingdom
61Jefferson Health - Thomas Jefferson University HospitalsDepartment of Neurological SurgeryPhiladelphia, PAUnited States
62Abbott Northwestern HospitalAbbott Northwestern's Neuroscience InstituteMinneapolis, MNUnited States
63Houston Methodist HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryHouston, TXUnited States
64Hospital Sirio LibanesNeurologiaSao PauloBrazil
65A.O. Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord - Presidio San Salvatore CentroNeurochirurgiaPesaroItaly
66Emory University HospitalEmory Department of NeurosurgeryAtlanta, GAUnited States
67Ospedale San Raffaele - Gruppo San DonatoNeurochirurgiaMilanItaly
68Hospital Universitario La PazServicio de NeurocirugíaMadridSpain
69University of Michigan Hospitals - Michigan MedicineDepartment of NeurosurgeryAnn Arbor, MIUnited States
70Akademiska SjukhusetNeurokirurgavdelning 85 EUppsalaSweden
71Akita Kousei Medical CenterDepartment for NeurosurgeryAkitaJapan
72University of Virginia Medical CenterDepartment of NeurosurgeryCharlottesville, VAUnited States
73Vanderbilt University Medical CenterDepartment of Neurological SurgeryNashville, TNUnited States
74Centre Hospitalier Universitaire VaudoisService de neurochirugieLausanneSwitzerland
75Grande Ospedale Metropolitano NiguardaNeuroscience DepartmentMilanoItaly
76Rush University Medical CenterNeurology and Neurosurgery ServicesChicago, ILUnited States
77Changi General HospitalDepartment of SurgerySingaporeSingapore
78Royal Melbourne Hospital - ParkvilleBrain, spine & nerves surgery serviceParkvilleAustralia
79Baylor St. Luke's Medical CenterNeuroscience InstituteHouston, TXUnited States
80Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade de Sao PauloNeurocirurgiaSao PauloBrazil
81University of Washington Medical CenterDepartment of Neurological SurgerySeattle, WAUnited States
82Baylor University Medical CenterBaylor Neuroscience CenterDallas, TXUnited States
83University of Miami HospitalNeurosurgeryMiami, FLUnited States
84Osaka University HospitalNeurosurgeryOsakaJapan
85Texas Children's HospitalNeurosurgeryHouston, TXUnited States
86Mount Sinai Beth IsraelNeurosurgeryNew York, NYUnited States
87UCLA Health – Ronald Reagan Medical CenterUCLA NeurosurgeryLos Angeles, CAUnited States
88Hokkaido University HospitalNeurosurgeryHokkaidoJapan
89Kanto Central HospitalDepartment for NeurosurgeryTokyoJapan
90Centre hospitalier universitaire LilleNeurochirurgie générale adulteLille CedexFrance
91Tohoku University HospitalNeurosurgerySendaiJapan
92Universitätsklinikum KölnZentrum für NeurochirurgieKölnGermany
93A.C. Camargo Cancer CenterDepartamento NeurocirurgiaSao PauloBrazil
94Universitätsspital ZürichKlinik für NeurochirurgieZurichSwitzerland
95Ospedale Borgo TrentoNeurochirurgiaVeronaItaly
96UPMC Children's Hospital of PittsburghBrain Care InstitutePittsburgh, PAUnited States
97Universitätsklinikum FrankfurtKlinik für NeurochirurgieFrankfurt am MainGermany
98LMU KlinikumNeurochirurgische Klinik und PoliklinikMünchenGermanyx
99Azienda Ospedaliera di Rilievo Nazionale San Giuseppe MoscatiNeurochirurgiaAvellinoItaly
100Emory Saint Joseph's HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryAtlanta, GAUnited States
101University of California - Davis Medical CenterDepartment of Neurological SurgerySacramento, CAUnited States
102All India Institute of Medical Sciences - DelhiDepartment of NeurosurgeryDelhiIndia
103Universitätsklinikum ErlangenNeurochirurgische KlinikErlangenGermany
104Penn State Health - Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterNeurosurgeryHershey, PAUnited States
105Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzNeurochirurgischen Klinik und PoliklinikMainzGermany
106Asklepios Klinik AltonaNeurochirurgieHamburgGermany
107Centre Hospitalier Sainte Anne , Paris Cedex 14Pôle Neuro Sainte-AnneParis Cedex 14France
108Bethesda SpitalWirbensäulenzentrumBaselSwitzerland
109Advocate Good Samaritan HospitalBrain & Spine InstitueDowners Grove, ILUnited States
110Tokyo Women's Medical University HospitalDepartment of NeurosurgeryTokyoJapan
111Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien - Medizinischer UniversitätscampusUniversitätsklinik für NeurochirurgieWienAustria
112Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Sant'AndreaUOC NeurochirurgiaRomaItaly
113Neurosurgery ClinicNeurosurgery ClinicHelsinkiFinland
114Aizawa HospitalNeurosurgeryMatsumotoJapan
115Barnes-Jewish HospitalNeurosurgery DepartmentSaint Louis, MOUnited States
116Harborview Medical CenterNeurological Surgery ClinicSeattle, WAUnited States
117Tokyo Medical And Dental University - Medical HospitalNeurosurgeryTokyoJapan
118Arkansas Children's HospitalNeurosurgery ClinicLittle Rock, ARUnited States
119Clinica Universidad de NavarraDepartamento de NeurocirugíaPamplona/IruñaSpain
120Oslo UniversitetssykehusNevrokirugisk avdelingOsloNorway
121Centre hospitalier de l'Université de MontréalNeurochirurgie - CliniqueMontrealCanada
122Rigshospitalet - KøbenhavnAfdeling for Hjerne- og NervekirurgiKøbenhavnDenmark
123Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical CenterNeurosurgeryLos Angeles, CAUnited States
124Universitätsklinikum DüsseldorfKlinik für NeurochirurgieDüsseldorfGermany
125Universitätsklinikum TübingenNeurologische UniversitätslinikTübingenGermany
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METHODOLOGY
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:

1. WORLDWIDE ONLINE SURVEY:
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).
2. ACCREDITATION DATA (NEW):
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.
3. PROMs SURVEY (NEW):
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%)
▸ ACCREDITATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS (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 newsweek.com. 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.