Duke Children’s Cardiology & Heart Surgery Ranked No. 2 Nationally

U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) has ranked Cardiology and Heart Surgery at Duke Children’s Hospital No. 2 in the U.S. this year.

Dr. Joseph Turek
Joseph Turek, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

“There is a culture now at Duke that, any child who comes through our doors—no matter the severity of their case—we’re going to get them through it,” says Joseph Turek, MD, PhD, who leads the Pediatric Heart Surgery team. “This ranking actualizes what our team has been feeling in recent years: we are doing great work.”

The ranking was announced Wednesday when Duke Children’s was once again named the top-ranked children’s hospital in North Carolina and tied for first in the southeast.

“This is an outstanding achievement by our Pediatric Heart team,” says Edward P. Chen, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. “We are seeing groundbreaking cases come through our doors and leaving our hospital with excellent outcomes thanks to the highly skilled and hardworking individuals on our staff.”

Cardiology and Heart Surgery at Duke Children’s Hospital jumped five spots this year in USNWR. It could not have been accomplished without the inter-disciplinary efforts of all the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center team members.

“This acknowledgement is a testament to the unrelenting hard teamwork by our faculty and staff. They have not only provided the best outcomes available today but have literally created new therapies to solve problems that previously had no solution. This is what academic healthcare is all about,” says Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Surgery. “Many people have joined together to make reality out of something that may have—at one time—seemed unattainable.”

Comparisons of hospital scores are available at the U.S. News and World Report: Best Hospitals list.