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UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Once Again Ranks Among Top Ten Cancer Centers Nationwide
Posted Date: 7/17/2012 11:00 AM

U.S. News & World Report Best HospitalsUCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center ranks among the top 10 cancer centers in the nation and is rated the best in California, 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 “Best Hospitals” guidebook, available now online at U.S. News & World Report. The centers that rank highest in the survey often are those that treat the sickest patients and focus on translational research—taking the best scientific discoveries from the lab and putting them into clinical practice.

The Jonsson Cancer Center is one of only four California cancer centers named among the top 25 nationwide this year, and it’s the only state cancer center to make the top 10. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center in 1976 by the National Cancer Institute, the center has gained an international reputation for taking leading-edge laboratory research and translating it into new and more effective treatments in the clinic. Successful targeted therapies such as Herceptin, Avastin, Tarceva, Gleevec and Sprycel were developed based on research conducted in cancer center laboratories and, later, in clinical research with UCLA patients.

Judith C. Gasson, the cancer center’s director and a professor of medicine and biological chemistry, said the U.S. News ranking reflects the innovative basic and clinical research being done at the center and the outstanding medical care available to cancer patients at UCLA.

“The Jonsson Cancer Center is known for developing new and more effective targeted therapies to treat cancer and for providing leading-edge experimental treatments to patients,” Gasson said. “We have worked and will continue to work very hard to translate our best basic science discoveries into better ways to prevent, diagnosis and treat cancer.”

Overall, UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center ranked 9th in the nation. Of the three other California cancer centers listed in the top 25, the University of California San Francisco ranked 12th, Stanford Hospital and Clinics ranked 15th and City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte ranked 23rd. Cedars Sinai ranked 33rd, while the University of Southern California Norris center ranked 43rd.

The top 10 cancer centers in the nation, according to the U.S. News rankings, are M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (1); Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (2); Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (3); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (4); Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MA (5); Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH (6); Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (7); University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA (8); UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (9); and Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO (10).

The Jonsson Cancer Center has ranked among the top 10 cancer centers in the nation in the U.S. News survey for 12 of the last 13 years.

UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has 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. In July 2012, the Jonsson Cancer Center was once again named among the nation’s top 10 cancer centers by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for 12 of the last 13 years. For more information on the Jonsson Cancer Center, visit our website at


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