Today, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for the 20th consecutive year. Children’s ranked 6th in this year’s honor roll, moving up from 7th place last year – the hospital’s highest ranking yet. Children’s was also 4th in the country for its nephrology program, 5th for urology, 7th for cancer and 8th for neurology/neurosurgery.

Other Children’s programs receiving top recognition by U.S. News included cardiology/heart surgery, pulmonary, orthopedics, neonatology, gastroenterology and diabetes/endocrinology.

According to U.S. News & World Report, these rankings “help guide patients who need high-stakes care because of the complexity or difficulty of their condition or procedure.”

Here’s a little about some of these programs that treat many of Children’s patients who do indeed require complex, high-stakes care:

Nephrology – Ranked #4

Our nephrology team treats conditions such as acute kidney failure and end-stage kidney (renal) disease (ESRD).

Children’s is one of the top five kidney transplant centers in the U.S.  We have been treating kidney failure since 1984 and have excellent outcomes. The kidney transplant team recently performed their 200th kidney transplant and is constantly improving surgery techniques and immunosuppression strategies to provide patients and families with the most current treatments and the best care in pediatric nephrology.

Children’s has the only dialysis unit in the region just for babies, children and teens. Children’s Pediatric Hypertension Program is the only one in the region dedicated to evaluating and treating children and teens with high blood pressure.

Urology – Ranked #5

Children’s urology team is a world leader in the treatment of complex genital and bladder malformations including bladder exstrophy. As part of Children’s Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine Clinic and Children’s Disorders of Sex Development Program, the urology team works closely with other pediatric specialists to diagnose and treat complex, rare pelvic problems.

The team offers a wide range of treatments including biofeedback to help with bladder control and the latest robotic surgical techniques for flow problems (reflux). They lead and take part in research to learn more about serious urologic conditions in children.

Cancer – Ranked #7

Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center treats more pediatric cancer patients than any other institution in the region. Teens with cancer do better here thanks in large part to Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program. The AYA program gives expert medical care and support to teens and young adults into their late 20s with all forms of cancer. And, survival rates at Children’s are higher than the national average for all forms of childhood cancer combined.

Children’s is also leader in pediatric cancer research, including clinical trials of novel therapies that are available only to patients in studies. Besides testing treatments, Children’s physician-scientists conduct studies to learn who’s at risk for cancer and to better understand the biology and mechanisms of cancer, or how cancer works. We also study the best supportive therapies to help preserve patients’ quality of life, and examine the long-term effects of cancer and its treatment. Children’s is among a small group of institutions that actively participate in all of these national networks for research on cancer in children: Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Phase I Consortium, New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) and Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia.

Neurology & Neurosurgery – Ranked #8

Children’s neurology team treats babies, children and teens with many kinds of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, developmental delay, headache and stroke. Children’s has the only comprehensive pediatric epilepsy program in the Pacific Northwest.

The neurology team works in tandem with Children’s neurosurgery team who treats conditions such as hydrocephalus, brain and spinal cord tumors, epilepsy, craniofacial anomalies, spina bifida, and vascular diseases.

Our neurosurgeons are all specifically trained in pediatric neurosurgery. They perform challenging, highly technical surgeries using cutting edge technology.  We have been leaders in the use of surgical protocols that reduce complications. As a national referral center for children with Chiari malformation, epilepsy surgery, and craniosynostosis, we treat patients from all over the U.S.

But don’t listen to us, listen to our patient families. Here’s what they have to say:


  • “Dr. Chow is terrific at communicating honestly & medically in a way that is easy to understand during a very difficult time. I found Dr. Chow passionate & earnest in caring for the children on the hem/onc floor. And as a mother of a child who underwent cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s, I always felt a greater sense of comfort knowing we were in the care of Dr. Chow.” – D.T.
  • “I was a distraught parent when my daughter was diagnosed at 15 with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He [Dr. Doug Hawkins] spent the time to make me feel at ease and encouraged me to participate in her care. I didn’t have a clue what I should do. He made me feel comfortable to ask a lot of questions, and he answered with reassurance and calmness. He worked closely with me as a parent as well as his colleagues to give her the best care she could get. He responded as quickly as possible to all of my phone calls. He is a very humble man for all of his qualifications. There are a lot of people who look up to him, if he only knew how many …. many thanks!! We pray for his continued success!!” – B.R



  • “I travelled to Seattle from Kingston, Ontario Canada with my two children to see Dr. Sidney Gospe. We chose Dr. Gospe because of his extensive knowledge in seizure disorders and Pyridoxine Dependency. I recommend this doctor to any parent who is dealing with a child who has neurological issues. Dr. Gospe is a very kind and knowledgable man and does everything he can to help. For us, it was well worth the long trip to see this specialist because there is no other neurologist that is comparable to Dr. Sidney Gospe. I felt confident that I was getting the correct answers and when he didn’t know the answer to something he was honest about it and didn’t pretend to know everything like many of the neurologists that we have seen in the past. We have seen many, many neurologists and Dr. Sidney Gospe is the best one we have ever encountered. You just can’t go wrong with this incredible doctor.” – S.K.
  • “Dr. Novotny and his staff have been very easy to approach about any concerns or questions I have about my daughter. He is kind, and knowledgeable, and always takes the time to sit and explain any information to you. I never feel like a question is irrelevant.” – K.S.


Editor’s note: Quotes have been edited for typographical errors.

Perspective from Thomas Hansen, MD, CEO at Seattle Children’s

  • “Our rankings as a top children’s hospital by U.S. News for the past two decades, are due to the remarkable work of our courageous physicians, nurses, researchers, and staff, as well as the patient families who work in partnership with us,” said Thomas Hansen, MD, CEO at Children’s. “Together with the support of our community, we will continue to work towards improving treatment outcomes, discovering new cures, and caring for every child who needs us.”

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