March 1, 2017

“U.S. News” Best Hospitals voting now open in Doximity

A message from Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, VUMC, and Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer, VUMC.

Eligible physicians are now being invited on to vote in this year’s U.S. News Best Hospitals reputation survey. Current voting is for both adult and pediatric specialties.

Why is voting important to VUMC?

While the U.S. News rankings are imperfect, we know that these influence patients, referring physicians, prospective trainees and donors. As such, optimizing our ranking is essential to grow our reputation both in the Mid-South and across the U.S.

We know that many other academic medical centers are encouraging their physician faculty and alumni to vote. If we are to grow our standing we must participate.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to vote. We encourage you to let peers know you’ve voted and encourage them to do so as well.

If you are eligible to vote we ask that you take one minute to do so. Voting eligibility is determined by U.S. News through a combination of physician specialty, subspecialty, medical licensure and board certification. You can determine your eligibility through the following lists:

Specialties/Board Certifications eligible to vote in the U.S. News Best Hospitals


 Adult Specialties:

 Cardiology and Heart Surgery

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Thoracic Surgery


  • Endocrinology
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolism


  • Gastroenterology
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

 Geriatrics – Geriatric Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology – Obstetrics & Gynecology

 Nephrology – Nephrology

 Neurology & Neurological Surgery

  • Neurology
  • Neurological Surgery


  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology board-certified in General Surgery
  • Gynecological Oncology
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology

Ophthalmology –Ophthalmology
Orthopedics – Orthopedic Surgery


  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic Surgery within Head & Neck

Psychiatry – Psychiatry

 Pulmonary Disease – Pulmonary Disease


  • Sports Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Rheumatology – Rheumatology

 Urology – Urology


Pediatric Specialties

 Cancer: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

 Cardiology & Heart Surgery

  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Member list from Congenital Heart Surgeon Society

 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery: Pediatric Gastroenterology

 Diabetes & Endocrinology: Pediatric Endocrinology

 Neonatology: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Nephrology: Pediatric Nephrology

 Neurology & Neurosurgery

  • Child Neurology
  • Specialist list from American Society of Pediatric Surgeons

 Othopedics: Pediatric Orthopedics

 Pulmonology: Pediatric Pulmonary

 Urology: Pediatric Urology


How to vote

  1. Log into your account at,
  2. Click on the banner on your home page (at the top on mobile and on the right-hand side on desk/laptop) that invites you to cast your nominations if you are eligible.
  3. If you are invited to vote, you will be asked to submit the names of 5 hospitals that you consider best in the specialty for complex cases.

If you are deemed ineligible to vote and you believe this is inaccurate, you will find instructions and a short three-question form to recheck your eligibility.