The Best Orthopedic Hospitals in the U.S.

From sports injury to joint replacement, these hospitals offer the nation's top orthopedic expertise
Staff Writer


Orthopedic care encompasses a wide range of specialties. Covering everything from sports injuries and musculoskeletal trauma to joint replacement surgeries and osteoporosis, doctors within this field are dedicated to keeping people's joints, bones and connective tissues healthy and mobile.

In fact, access to quality orthopedic care has helped save and restore the lives of many across the U.S. This simple concept is actually the basis of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ “A Nation in Motion” campaign.

The initiative shares stories from patients whose lives have improved as a result of exceptional orthopedic care. Like, for example, Luke Fleer, who said, “Because of my orthopedic care, I can jog the trails in my community again while reflecting on life and its possibilities.”

Fleer was treated by Dr. Patrick Wiater at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. after a 120-mph head-on car crash. Five surgeries and a long road of rehab and recovery eventually led Fleer to walk a half marathon four and half years after his accident.

Then there are stories like Christina Gordon’s. Thanks to ACL reconstruction surgery, Gordon not only was able to return to the soccer field, but her experience also led her to create Friends in Kneed, an organization that offers support and advice to athletes dealing with sports-related injuries.

All of this thanks to the orthopedic expertise and exceptional care offered by hospitals that are committed to providing the most technologically-advanced, forward-thinking treatments available today.

In composing our ranked list of the best orthopedic hospitals in the U.S. we consulted several resources including: U.S. News and World Report, which ranks the best hospitals for adult orthopedics annually; Women’s Choice Award, an organization that helps to identify services and brands that provide positive experiences for women, and one of the only other organizations to have ever compiled a list of top orthopedic hospitals; and Orthopedics This Week, an online publication covering news within the industry, including features that highlight some of the best doctors in the field.

With this information we created our own ranking system based on factors such as a hospital’s U.S. News and World Report rank, whether a hospital was mentioned by both U.S. News and Women’s Choice Award, and whether a hospital’s staff included one or more of the top–ranked orthopedic doctors in the country.

Based on those findings, these are currently the 21 best orthopedic hospitals in the U.S.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#21 The Johns Hopkins Hospital—Baltimore, Md.

The Johns Hopkins orthopedic surgery department is directed by James Robert Ficke, M.D., a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a top expert in the field. Ficke and his skilled team offer services that include joint surgery, orthopedic oncology, pediatric orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and spine surgery—just to name a few of this top-ranked hospital's many specialty areas.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#20 Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital—Santa Monica, Calif.

A large, skilled nursing staff, the latest technology and great patient services—that’s just the beginning of what sets the UCLA orthopedics unit apart from other hospitals. The team of specialists are known as some of the best in the nation and the orthopedic program is connected to one of the largest and most fruitful research facilities in the country, if not the world. The top choice for UCLA sports teams and many others, this hospital has earned its spot as one of the best orthopedic programs in the country.
—Diana Gerstacker

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