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MEND Division ranked 16th among "Top-Ranked Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology" by U.S. News & World Report for 2012-2013


UMHS ranked 18th overall, as well as #1 in Michigan and #1 in the Detroit area

ANN ARBOR, MI, JULY 17, 2012 — Once again, the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Diabetes Center and the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) have been ranked in the top 20 in Diabetes & Endocrinology on the "Top-Ranked Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology" list by the U.S. News & World Report.

The University of Michigan's MEND Division/Comprehensive Diabetes Center went up in the magazine's rankings this year, from 17th to 16th, tied with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The U-M MEND Division is again the only diabetes/endocrinology program in the state of Michigan that made the top 20 on the U.S. News & World Report's annual list.

In addiition, the U-M Pediatric Endocrinology Division ranked 17th among top-ranked children's endocrinology programs across the nation, up from 22nd last year.

Four U-M endocrinologists were named "Top Doctors" in the survey, in a group of 176 out of 866 "best endocrinologists" denoted among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty: Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D.; William Herman, M.D., M.P.H.; Robert Lash, M.D.; and Ram Menon, M.D. In addition, Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D., and Anca Avram, M.D., were also on the list of best endocrinologists, achieving national recognition for outstanding work, based on a peer nomination process.

More than 1,100 hospitals are listed in the Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders category. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 172 inpatients who needed a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2008, 2009, or 2010, or if enough specialists recommended the hospital for such patients.

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) is ranked 17th overall on the America's Best Hospitals list, one of only eight hospitals in the nation to make the honor roll every year since 1995. In a new geographically-based survey component this year, UMHS was also named #1 in health care in the state of Michigan. The U-M Hospitals and Health System was also named #1 in the Detroit metro area for the second year in a row, in a category that was established last year.

UMHS is the only Michigan hospital on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll, which is "reserved for medical centers that demonstrate unusually high expertise across multiple specialties, scoring at or near the top in at least six of 16 specialties." Just 17 of the nearly 4,800 hospitals across the country evaluated for the 2012-13 rankings qualified for the Honor Roll. Read more about UMHS's ranking

The U.S. News & World Report's rankings differ from other "best of" hospital rankings because, instead of grading hospitals on routine procedures, it looks instead at how well the hospitals do in complex and demanding situations — what the magazine calls "high-stakes medicine." (Full explanation of criteria)