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UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Ranked Best in the West Again, U.S. News Survey Says
Posted Date: 7/8/2005
Dr. Judith GassonUCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center ranks as the best cancer center in the Western United States for the sixth 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 16th annual guide to America's best hospitals, available on newsstands July 18 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. U.S. News states, "They conduct bench-to-bedside research ... and exploit advances in imaging and other technologies. It's an elite group."

UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center is one of five California cancer centers named among the top 50 nationwide this year, and the only one to make the top 10. The Jonsson Cancer Center ranks as the best cancer center in Southern California as well, according to the magazine's rankings.

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

"Our scientists and oncologists remain 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 ranked the best cancer center in the west for the sixth 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, the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center ranked 16th, Stanford Hospital and Clinics ranked 17th, the University of California, San Diego Medical Center ranked 39th and the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte ranked 43rd.

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); Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass. (4); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (5); Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. (6); University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago (7); UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, Los Angeles (8); University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor (9); and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pa. (10).

UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is made up of more than 240 cancer researchers and clinicians engaged in cancer research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation's largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson Cancer Center is dedicated to promoting cancer research and translating the results into leading-edge clinical studies.
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