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The 21 Best Orthopedic Hospitals in the U.S.

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 jointsbones and connective tissues healthy and mobile. 

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.

#21 The Johns Hopkins Hospital—Baltimore, Md.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

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 and Orthopaedic Hospital—Santa Monica, Calif.

Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center

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

#19 Duke Medicine (Duke University Hospital)—Durham, N.C.

Duke Medicine

Whether it’s treatment for arthritis pain or a serious sports injury, the nationally recognized specialists at Duke have long been dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. The hospital’s team of experts covers everything from ankle pain and joint replacement surgeries to sports concussions and scoliosis. Duke ranks within the top 10 of U.S. News and World Report's best orthopedic hospitals and is considered number one in the state of North Carolina.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#18 Beaumont Hospital (Beaumont Health System)—Royal Oak, Mich.

Beaumont Hospital

Recognized year after year for its exceptional orthopedic department, Beaumont Hospital has worked with thousands of high-risk patients, young and old, to repair and heal all kinds of bone and joint problems. From joint replacements to orthopedic trauma and even pediatric conditions, the specialists at Beaumont are well-versed in practically every area of the specialty and their success rate would reassure any patient.
—Diana Gerstacker

#17 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital—Philadelphia, Pa.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Situated in Philadelphia’s Center City and on Thomas Jefferson University’s 13-acre campus, this highly established hospital offers expertise in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic trauma services and, perhaps, most notably, osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s osteoporosis program has made significant contributions to the advancement of all osteoporosis treatments currently approved by the FDA.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#16 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—Los Angeles, Calif.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

With acute attention to patient safety and a high volume of patients Cedars-Sinai has a great track record of success. The hospital that ranked seventh in the country for its orthopedic program is particularly qualified when it comes to sports injuries. Great patient services and a large nursing staff help boost the success of the program.
—Diana Gerstacker

#15 Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center—New York, N.Y.

Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center

It’s no surprise that orthopedic surgery and rheumatology top the “Areas of Expertise” list for this New York City hospital. The Hospital for Joint Diseases is dedicated to providing its patients with innovative, expert care for all conditions and injuries that impact human movement. Treatment programs include everything from pain management to workplace injuries and the hospital even includes centers that specialize in care for children and dancers.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#14 Cleveland Clinic—Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Clinic

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the third best orthopedic program in the country, Cleveland Clinic treats a high volume of patients with all types of bone and joint ailments—and its success rate is staggering. Using state-of-the-art equipment and some of the best surgeons and specialists in the country, Cleveland Clinic continues to lead the way for other programs around the world.
—Diana Gerstacker

#13 Mayo Clinic—Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic

This well-established and highly trusted institution has long been recognized for a variety of different adult and pediatric specialties, but its team of internationally renowned orthopedic surgeons, as well as its advanced clinics located on the hospital’s Rochester campus, help to set it apart as one of the best orthopedic hospitals in the U.S. Its unparalleled services include specialized treatment of bone and soft-tissue tumors at its orthopedic oncology center; the Young Hip Clinic, which evaluates and treats young people with hip pain; and the W. Hall Wendel Jr. Musculoskeletal Center: one of the most advanced musculoskeletal facilities in the world dedicated to providing world-class patient services for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#12 Cadence Health-Central DuPage Hospital—Winfield, Ill.


From prevention, through treatment and onto recovery, this nationally-ranked orthopedic program specializes in keeping bones and joints healthy on all fronts. With ongoing research studies, extensive experience in lower extremity joint replacement surgeries and a big focus on patient safety, Central DuPage easily ranks among the top orthopedic programs in the nation.
—Diana Gerstacker

#11 Abbott Northwestern Hospital— Minneapolis, Minn.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Recognized as a top-notch facility by both U.S. News and World Report and Women’s Choice Award, Abbott Northwestern is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities region and caters to more than 200,000 patients in the area. The facility offers a wide array of services but its extensive Orthopedic Institute covers everything from joint replacement procedures to sports injury care. In fact, patients at Abbott’s Joint Replacement Center are paired with “joint care coordinators” who guide individuals through every step of the procedure from treatment to rehabilitation.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#10 Lehigh Valley Hospital—Allentown, Pa.

Lehigh Valley Hospital

The new orthopedic campus is just one of the signs of continuous growth and improvement in the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Its orthopedic branch has been recognized as one of the best by U.S. News and World Report multiple times, and its joint replacement specialists are highly skilled, offering services for everyone from young athletes to those with mobility issues.
—Diana Gerstacker

#9 New England Baptist Hospital—Boston, Mass.

New England Baptist Hospital

This top hospital provides everything from podiatry and radiology services to dermatology and of course, all levels of orthopedic care. What sets Baptist apart, though, is not only its consistent recognition from U.S. News and World Report and organizations like Women’s Choice Award, but also its devotion to providing outstanding patient care. For the past seven years, the facility has received the prestigious Press Ganey Summit Award for high patient satisfaction.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#8 University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—Iowa City, Iowa


Certainly the top orthopedic choice in Iowa and one of the best in the entire country, the orthopedic program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and Becker's Hospital Review. Among its top specialists, Dr. Annunziato Amendola has been recognized as one of America’s best doctors and is well-known for his knee and ankle expertise.
—Diana Gerstacker

#7 UCSF Medical Center—San Francisco, Calif.

Mark Citret/UCSF Medical Center

UCSF’s orthopedic institute boasts state-of-the-art technology and a staff that includes some of the top ranked orthopedic specialists in the country, including Dr. C. Benjamin Ma, the hospital’s chief of sports medicine. According to Orthopedics This Week, Ma is a leading researcher in ACL cartilage damage and one of the best knee surgeons in the country.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#6 Rush University Medical Center—Chicago, Ill.


A hospital is only as good as its staff and the orthopedic team at Rush University Medical is home to some of the top nurses, specialists and surgeons in the country. Of the many skilled doctors on staff, Dr. Bernard R. Bach and Dr. Brian J. Cole have been recognized for their professionalism and expertise on the subjects of ACL surgery and cartilage work, respectively. The skilled specialists at Rush University Medical have been entrusted with the care of the athletes on the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, DePaul Blue Demons, and U.S. soccer and rugby teams, in addition to performers at the Hubbard Street Dance Company.
—Diana Gerstacker

#5 Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla—La Jolla, Calif.


Scripps is nationally ranked in eight adult specialties including orthopedics, of course. And in addition to continually being recognized as a top hospital by U.S. News and World Report, it was also recognized for its orthopedic care by the Women’s Choice Award organization, which means the facility is not only recognized for its impeccable orthopedic services, but also a demonstration for "the highest level of quality care to [its] patients, with a special focus on the female experience.”
—Katie Rosenbrock

#4 Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University—St. Louis, Mo.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University

Utilizing the latest medical technology and the most up-to-date research, specialists from Washington University are considered some of the most qualified in the nation. One such specialist, Dr. Matthew Matava, has been continually recognized as one of the best in his field for his work in sports medicine and his teaching. Matava and other specialists at Barnes-Jewish are the top choice for professional sports teams in St. Louis, including the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Blues; and the hospital is also a top pick for anyone with sports-related injuries.
—Diana Gerstacker

#3 Brigham and Women's Hospital—Boston, Mass.

Brigham and Women's Hospital

This top-ranked hospital calls itself a leader in all areas of medicine and is also a major teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the facility within its lists of top hospitals and it’s especially well-known for its innovations in knee replacement surgeries. Its specialty orthopedic services include everything from cartilage and shoulder repairs to orthopedic trauma and spine treatments and the hospital's experienced staff is dedicated to providing patients with expert-level, comprehensive care.
—Katie Rosenbrock

#2 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center—Pittsburgh, Pa.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Nationally ranked in orthopedics with some of the highest patient volume and toughest specialty procedures, UPMC has undoubtedly earned its position as one of the best in the country. This teaching hospital benefits from the latest research and ongoing clinical studies, by way of the University of Pittsburgh, which has one of the highest-funded orthopedic research departments in the nation. Access to the most advanced technology and 87 orthopedic specialists help UPMC treat everything from joint problems to sports injuries and even bone and tissue tumors.
—Diana Gerstacker

#1 Hospital for Special Surgery—New York, N.Y.

Hospital for Special Surgery

This highly-regarded institution’s tagline reads, “Where the world comes to get back in the game.” And not only is it well known as one of the top orthopedic facilities in the nation, but it’s also the oldest. It’s the U.S. News and World Report’s number one ranked hospital for adult orthopedics and based on our own research and ranking system, there was no question as to whether its top spot should be challenged. HSS performs more than 25,000 surgical procedures annually and the hospital's top surgeons perform more hip and knee replacement surgeries than any other hospital in the U.S. The organization positively impacts patients at nine different locations along the east coast and also has the distinction of treating and consulting a large group of elite athletes including the members of the New York Giants, New York Mets and FIFA.
—Katie Rosenbrock