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Voting to open soon for annual Best Hospitals rankings

Feb. 17, 2022, 10:02 AM


by Cynthia Manley

The annual reputation survey for U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” and “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings is expected to be open for all registered clinicians this month exclusively online on Currently, the survey has been rolled out to a randomly selected 10% each of adult and pediatric specialists.

Last fall, U.S. News announced it would retire paper voting by mail.

Also new this year, clinicians can register for Doximity and vote during the survey period.

Doximity generates online profiles for every physician in the United States based on public data. U.S. News is a part owner.

Board certification determines eligibility for survey participation. See the criteria for adult and pediatric specialties.

Alongside the reputation survey, U.S. News considers an array of data-driven metrics including patient survival, nurse staffing ratios and the use of certain clinical technologies.

A VUMC web page has been created with information and instructions about Doximity and the reputation survey and can be viewed at

It’s also important that clinicians update board certifications in their Doximity profiles. USNWR relies on Doximity for provider-level data that may influence the rankings. Errors in individuals’ data can negatively impact U.S. News overall rankings.

Last year, Vanderbilt University Hospital was the only hospital in the Southeast included on the “Honor Roll” of top hospitals in the Best Hospitals rankings, in addition to being nationally ranked in nine specialties. Likewise, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was named the top children’s hospital in the Southeast and was nationally ranked in 10 of 10 ranked specialties.

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