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Published on July 28, 2011

University of Colorado Hospital Physicians Among the Best in Denver and the Nation

More than 150 doctors get peer recommendations

AURORA, Colo. – Two respected publications name physicians from University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) as among the best in Denver and the country. 5280: The Denver Magazine and U.S. News & World Report have released lists of Top Doctors.

5280: The Denver Magazine

Fifty-two physicians in 42 specialties are named in 5280. One hundred twelve physicians are rated tops in the Top Doctor list compiled by U.S. News. Nineteen UCH physicians appear on both lists.

“The recognition from 5280 and U.S. News confirms what our patients and other physicians already know – our specialists and sub-specialists are among the best in the country, “ said Bruce Schroffel, president and CEO of UCH.

Providing insight for 18 years

For 18 years, 5280:The Denver Magazine has released an annual issue aimed at providing insight into medical trends and licensed physicians in the metro area vote on Denver’s Top Doctors.

The magazine posts an online ballot from mid-January to mid-March and invites all licensed physicians in Colorado to vote on who they think is the best among them. They select their peers in 87 medical fields using a list approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ballot asks physicians who they would trust the most with their health and the health of their families.

U.S. News & World Report also has released a list of Top Doctors and 112 physicians from UCH are on it. The U.S. News list is a free, searchable directory of 30,000 peer-nominated physicians from across the country.

The U.S. News Top Doctors list was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly’s database of Top Doctors, all of whom are recommended for their clinical skills by other doctors and individually vetted by a physician-led research team.

Consumers can search for a Top Doctor by location, hospital affiliation and a full range of specialties and subspecialties. The idea is to help consumers find the doctors in their area who come highly recommended by other physicians.

Building on "best hospital" rankings

The U.S. News Top Doctors list builds on the publication’s Best Hospitals rankings, which were updated just last week. UCH ranks as the best hospital in the Denver metro area for the second consecutive year and ranks nationally in multiple specialties: pulmonology (#1), nephrology (#16), rheumatology (#17), cancer (#34) and neurology and neurosurgery (#50).

The hospital also has several specialties in the “high-performing” category, which means the following programs rank in the top 25 percent of the hospitals in the survey: cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and urology.

During the past 10 months, UCH has also been named among the 10 best academic hospitals in the country by University HealthSystem Consortium, as having one of the best nursing corps in the world by the American Nurse Credentialing Center, and has been cited for achieving excellent outcomes in stroke care, cancer care and, among others, burn trauma care by various nationwide health care professional credentialing organizations.

About University of Colorado Hospital

University of Colorado Hospital physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. Based on the expansive Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO, the hospital is where patient care, research and education converge to establish the future of health care delivery. For additional information, please visit the University of Colorado Hospital media page.

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