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UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Ranked Best in California for Seventh Consecutive Year
Posted Date: 7/7/2006
Dr. Judith GassonUCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center ranks as the best cancer center in California for the seventh 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 17th annual guide to America's best hospitals, available on newsstands July 17 and accessible online at The centers ranking highest in the survey often are those where the sickest patients are sent for advanced care, according to a U.S. News statement. The statement adds that high ranked centers "follow - and often pioneer - new treatment guidelines. They conduct bench-to-bedside research."

UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center is one of five California cancer centers named among the top 50 nationwide this year, and one of only two to make the top 10. The Jonsson center has gained an international reputation for its translational research, and successful targeted therapies such as Herceptin, Gleevec and Sprycel were developed based on basic science done in UCLA laboratories and later clinical research with UCLA patients.

Judith C. Gasson, Jonsson Cancer Center director, said the U.S. News ranking reflects the renowned medical care and leading-edge clinical research available to patients with cancer at UCLA.

"Our scientists and oncologists are committed to the very best in cancer research and patient care," said Gasson, a professor of medicine and biological chemistry who also is a scientist. "We are gratified by this recognition from our colleagues and delighted to be named the best cancer center in California for the seventh year in a row. There are many top-notch cancer centers in this state, so it is an honor to be ranked at the top of such an esteemed list."

Overall, UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center ranked ninth in the nation. Of the four other California cancer centers in the top 50, the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center ranked 10th, Stanford Hospital and Clinics ranked 14th, the University of California, Irvine Medical Center ranked 31st, and the University of California, San Diego Medical Center ranked 33rd..

The top 10 cancer centers in the nation, according to the U.S. News rankings, are Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York (1); M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (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); Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. (7); University of Chicago Hospitals (8); UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, Los Angeles (9); and University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (10).

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. In July 2006, the Jonsson Cancer Center was named the best cancer center in California by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for seven consecutive years.

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