UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center ranks as the best cancer center in California for the eighth consecutive year, according to a U.S. News & World Report survey of board-certified physicians from across the country. The survey reviewed patient outcomes, the cancer center's reputation among physicians, mortality rates and other care-related factors.
The ranking is included in the magazine's 18th annual guide to America's best hospitals, available on newsstands July 16 and accessible online at www.usnews.com. The centers that rank highest in the survey often are those that treat the sickest patients and focus on translational research, according to a statement from the magazine.
UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center is one of five California cancer centers named among the top 50 nationwide this year, and is the only one to make the top 10. The Jonsson cancer center has gained an international reputation for its translational research. Successful targeted therapies such as Herceptin, Avastin, Gleevec and Sprycel were developed based on basic science conducted in cancer center laboratories and, later, on clinical research with UCLA patients.
Judith C. Gasson, Jonsson Cancer Center director and a professor of medicine and biological chemistry, said the U.S. News ranking reflects innovative basic and clinical research and the outstanding medical care available to patients with cancer at UCLA.
"The Jonsson Cancer Center has established an international reputation for developing new cancer therapies and providing leading-edge experimental treatments," Gasson said. "Our renowned oncologists are committed to delivering the best in patient care. We are gratified by this recognition from our colleagues and are delighted to be ranked the best cancer center in California for the eighth year in a row."
Overall, UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center ranked eighth in the nation. Of the four other California cancer centers listed in the top 50, Stanford Hospital and Clinics ranked 13th, the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center ranked 14th, City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte ranked 30th, and the University of California, San Diego Medical Center ranked 39th.
The top 10 cancer centers in the nation, according to the U.S. News rankings, are M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (1); Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York (2); Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. (3); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (4); Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass. (5); University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle (6); University of Chicago Medical Center (7); UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, Los Angeles (8); Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. (9); and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.
UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center comprises more than 240 researchers and clinicians engaged in disease research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation's largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson center is dedicated to promoting research and translating basic science into leading-edge clinical studies.