25 Universities Affiliated with Top Teaching Hospitals



Teaching hospitals play several very important roles in American society. Not only do they serve to train future generations of healthcare workers, but they also provide a significant portion (38%) of hospital charity care and 28% of all Medicaid hospitalization, according to the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). More specifically, the AAMC reports that 90% of their member teaching hospitals provide AIDS services, whereas only 14% of non-teaching hospitals do. The following list shows the impact of AAMC-member teaching hospitals:

  • 78 percent of all burn care units center beds
  • 63 percent of pediatric ICUs
  • 82 percent of all ACS-designated level I trauma centers
  • 68 percent of surgical transplant services
  • 52 percent of Alzheimer centers
  • 39 percent of the nation’s neonatal ICUs
  • 21 percent of cardiac surgery services, often for the most seriously ill heart patients.

Source: AAMC.

Obviously, having a high-quality teaching hospital affiliated with a medical college is necessity for some healthcare students (e.g., medical students, nursing students, etc.) and a bonus for others (e.g., medical coding and medical billing). There are nearly 5,000 hospitals/ medical centers in the United States, some of which are teaching hospitals. (AAMC member hospitals make up only 6% of American hospitals.) We’ve assembled a list of 25 American universities and colleges which have singular affiliations with teaching hospitals. That is, the hospitals selected here are each only affiliated with a single medical school, although the school may have affiliations with multiple health systems. In some cases, hospitals are run by the school and/or partially staffed by school faculty.


  • Hospitals were selected on a number of factors, including inclusion in “top hospitals” lists from US News and World Report, Thomson Reuters, SK&A and Healthgrades.
  • Ranking order of the universities/ colleges listed here is approximately by decreasing number of licensed hospital beds available in a teaching hospital affiliate.
  • Bed counts are a approximate, combined from multiple sources. (In the case of different values for a hospital, the larger available value is used.)
  • The main teaching affiliate for selected colleges / universities is listed, and occasionally a 2nd or 3rd teaching hospital is mentioned.
  • University or school of medicine Web site link is in each entry heading. Main teaching hospital link is at the end of each entry.
  • Teaching hospitals do occasionally change their academic affiliations.



25. Rush University Medical Center


View of the east tower of the Rush University Medical Center. (source)

Rush University, located in Chicago, IL, was founded in 1972. Rush’s endowment as of FY 2013 was about $500M. In the area of health subjects, it has Rush Medical College, the College of of Nursing , College of Health Sciences and a graduate college. Rush Medical College is one of the first in the midwest, and the nursing college is top-ranked in various lists.

Rush’s teaching hospital affiliate is Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), also located in Chicago, and which includes the Bowman Health Center, a rehab facility. RUMC is having over a billion dollars invested in renovations and also construction of new facilities. The center has ranked well in various categories of U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) 2010 top hospitals list, especially in orthopedics and neurology/ neurosurgery.

Additional Hospital Information:

Rush University Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 676
Hospital founded in: 1837
Hospital location: Chicago, IL



24. Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

upenFront entrance of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. (source)

The University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, PA, was founded in 1740 and is one of nine original Colonial Colleges. U Penn’s endowment for FY 2013 was $7.74B. Heath-related schools include medical, dental, nursing, and biomedical.

U Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine (aka Penn Med, founded 1765) is also in Philadelphia. It is a top recipient (#2, 2012) of NIH (National Institutes of Health) research awards and is #4 on US New’s top medical research schools 2012 list, as well as #11 in the same year for primary care. The school took on its current name in 2011 thanks to a $225M contribution by Raymond G. Perelman — the largest donation given for a medical school renaming (David Geffen gave $200M to UCLA).

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) was founded by Penn Med in 1874, and is reputedly the oldest university-owned teaching hospital in the USA. It ranked #7 in US News’ 2014 top hospitals list. HUP has a fleet of helicopters as part of their Level I trauma center, to serve injured patients in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Penn Med also has other medical facilities including other top teaching hospital affiliations. One is with the 317-bed Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (founded in 1871), also in Philadelphia, PA, and which houses Penn Med’s Orthopaedics and Opthalmology departmeents. Another is with the 515-bed Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Bond, the first hospital in the U.S., and which also has the first surgical amphitheater and medical library.

Additional Hospital Information:

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Hospital website
# beds: 776
Hospital founded in: 1874
Hospital location: Philadelphia, PA



23. Baylor College of Medicine

bayNight view of O’Quinn medical tower at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. (source)

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM; founded 1900) in Houston, TX, is entirely focused on health sciences, with a number of different medical schools, including a grad school — several of whose degree programs have ranked well in various “top medical school” lists, including Beckers Hospital Review (overall) and U.S. News (nurse anesthesia and others). It reputedly has one the lowest tuition rates amongst private U.S. medical schools. BCM has been independent from Baylor University (in Waco, TX, and founded 1845) since 1969. BCM’s endowment as of FY 2013 was nearly $874M.

BCM has a teaching hospital affiliation with the 864-bed Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC), also in Houston, and founded in 1945. Since its 2013 purchase by Catholic Health Initiatives, the health system is named CHI St. Luke’s Health System, and the “Baylor” is dropped from the center’s name (although BCM is a joint owner). BCM itself is located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), said to be the largest of its kind in the world. The 29-story O’Quinn Medical Tower that is part of St. Luke’s is 477 feet tall and reputedly the third-tallest hospital in the world.

Additional Hospital Information:

St. Luke’s Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 864
Hospital founded in: 1945
Hospital location: Houston, TX



22. Virginia Commonwealth University

vcuVCU Medical Center, Medical College of Virginia Campus. (source)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), located in Richmond, Virginia, was founded in 1838, originally as Medical College of Virginia (MCV), although its current name is from a merger in 1968 with Richmond Professional Institute. It is designated as a “very high research activity” university and received over $250M in research funds for FY 2011. VCU’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $1.33B.

VCU’s teaching hospital affiliation is with its own 865-bed VCU Medical Center, which serves VCU’s several health-related schools (medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied health professions). Both the VCU health-related schools and the hospital have ranked well in various “top schools” and “top hospitals” lists. The hospital has ranked nationally for Nephrology, Pediatrics: Nephrology, Rehabilitation, Cancer and others.

Additional Hospital Information:

VCU Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 865
Hospital founded in: 1968
Hospital location: Richmond, VA



21. University of Connecticut / Health Center

connMain entrance to the Hartford Hospital. (source)

The University of Connecticut (UConn), located in Storrs village in Mansfield, CT, was founded in 1881 as Storrs Agricultural School. UConn’s endowment for FY 2013 was $1.33B. UConn is a public research university that has medical, nursing and dental schools.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center was founded in the 1960s. The 137-bed John Dempsey Hospital opened in 1975, is used as a teaching hospital, and also serves patients for cardiology, cancer, maternal fetal medicine and more.

Additional teaching hospital affiliations for UConn include the 867-bed Hartford Hospital, found in 1854, and the 617-bed St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, founded in 1897. Hartford is an acute-care hospital with high regional rankings in various US News lists. It has a hyperbaric chamber, a Level I trauma center, and has a helipad and helicopters for air service. St. Francis is an acute-care hospital with a formal affiliation with the Jewish-faith Mount Sinai Hospital — the first such of its kind in the U.S.

Additional Hospital Information:

Hartford Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 867
Hospital founded in: 1854
Hospital location: Hartford, CT



20. University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

uncN.C. Memorial Hospital and N.C. Children’s Hospital at the Carolinas Medical Center, University of North Chapel Hill. (source)

The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, founded in 1789, is considered the oldest public university in the U.S. UNC Chapel Hill’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $2.38B. It is a highly-ranked public research university with a top-ranked, well-funded medical school that offers degrees in Doctor of Medicine, Master of Public Health and other specializations.

One teaching affiliate is the 874-bed Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, founded in 1940. Carolinas has a Level I trauma center and has been well-ranked for its Orthopedic program. It conducted it’s first organ transplant (a cadaveric kidney) in 1970, and it’s first heart transplant in 1986.

Another teaching hospital affiliate is the UNC Health Care system, founded in 1989, which has five hospitals under the UNC Hospitals alone, including the NC Cancer Hospital, NC Memorial Hospital and NC Children’s Hospital, all on the UNC campus, and with new complex to open in 2015. UNC Hospitals currently have a combined 800+ beds, a Level I trauma center and an Air Care service.

Additional Hospital Information:

Carolinas Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 874
Hospital founded in: 1940
Hospital location: Charlotte, NC



19. University of Minnesota Medical School

uminUniversity of Minnesota Medical Center. (source)

The University of Minnesota has multiple campuses, with the oldest (U of M) being in the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, founded in 1851. The Duluth campus (UMD), founded as the Duluth Normal School in 1902, becoming part of the University of Minnesota system in 1947. U of M’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $2.76B. The U of M and and UMD together share the University of Minnesota Medical school, and one option is a medical scientist program. The UM system also has programs for Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry and Public Health.

The 874-bed University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis was established in 1997, along with the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital, but were preceded by the U of M Hospitals and Clinics. Center services include primary care, emergency care, organ transplants, childbirthing, pediatrics and others. Surgeons performed the world’s first open-heart surgery in 1952 on a four-year old patient. The center is staffed by both university and community physicians.

Additional Hospital Information:

University of Minnesota Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 874
Hospital founded in: 1997
Hospital location: Minneapolis and Duluth, MN



18. University of Florida

uflorPatient Services building of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. (source)

The University of Florida, based in Gainesville and originally founded in 1853, is a Public Ivy with a Very-High Research designation (for land-, sea- and space-based research) and a top-15 public university ranking (U.S. News, 2013). UF’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $1.36B. It has a colleges for medicine (established 1956), nursing (also 1956), pharmacy, public health, dentistry and “health and human performance.”

For teaching hospitals, one affiliation is the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center, which has the 882-bed UF Health Shands Hospital, established in 1956 and which is on campus. US News has it ranked in the top-50 for various adult specialties, including Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Nephrology, and Pulmonology, plus high marks for Cancer, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Geriatrics and more. It also ranked in the top-50 in US News for various Pediatric specialties, including #14 for Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Another teaching hospital affiliation is the 695-bed UF Health Jacksonville, found in 1999 and part of the University of Florida’s Jacksonville campus. This hospital roots actually go back to 1870. Services include a proton therapy facility, and a Level I trauma center.

Additional Hospital Information:

UF Health Shands Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 882
Hospital founded in: 1999
Hospital location: Gainesville, FL



17. Wake Forest University, School of Medicine

wakeBowman Gray statue in front of Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine. (source)

Wake Forest University (WFU), originally established in Wake Forest, NC, in 1834, moved to its current location of Winston-Salem in 1956. WFU’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $1.06B. The School of Medicine was established in 1902 at the original location of Wake Forest University, in the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina, moving in 1941 to Winston-Salem and becoming the Bowman Gray School of Medicine — now simply the WFU School of Medicine. The very selective school, in terms of admission, is highly ranked by US News, ranking in 2013 at #51 for primary care and #49 for research, as well as well-funded (top third) by NIH.

The teaching hospital affiliation for WFU is the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC), established in 1997 but with history going back to 1902. It is located off-campus in downtown Winston-Salem. WFBMC includes the 885-bed North Carolina Baptist Hospital, used for teaching, as well as the Brenner Children’s Hospital. WFBMC achieved top rankings in US News’ 2014 list of best hospitals for Cancer and three other areas, as well received high rankings for several other areas including Cardiology and Heart Surgery. The center also made Becker’s Hospital Review top 100 hospitals 2014 list. The center has a Level I trauma center and a helicopter service.

Additional Hospital Information:

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 885
Hospital founded in: 1902/ 1997
Hospital location: Winston-Salem, NC



16. Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

nwesrView of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital building, part of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital group of buildings. (source)

Northwestern University (NU) was founded in 1851 and is located in Evanston and Chicago, in the state of Illinois. It has a reputation as a top research university and as of FY 2013, was in tenth place for endowments — at approximately $7.88B — amongst nearly 850 American universities and colleges assessed by NACUBO.org. It also has top-22 rankings nationally and top-28 rankings globally on various 2013 and 2014 lists published by Forbes, US News, Times Higher Ed, and others.

NU’s medical school, the Feinberg School of Medicine, is located in Chicago and ranked 18th in US News’ 2014 list of top medical schools. It was established in 1859 as part of Lind University, becoming independent in 1863 and affiliating with Northwestern University a few years later. The current name comes from a $75M donation in 2002, which itself was preceded a $17M (1988) and $10M (1996) donations from the Feinberg family for a cardiovascular institute and a clinical neurosciences institute, respectively.

One teaching affiliate hospital is 897-bed Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), established in 1966, in Chicago. NMH ranked #6 in 2013 and #10 in 2014, on US News’ list of top American hospitals. Some of the specialties it ranks for are neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and diabetes and endocrinology. It has top-17 ranks in a number of other areas as well. Researchers at NMH filed 70 disclosures of inventions in 2010 alone. Trials in progress include AIDS, cancer, diabetes and other clinical research — over 2,000 studies as of 2010

Other teaching hospital affiliates include the 288-bed Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, used for pediatric education, and the Prentice Women’s Hospital (the old building is pictured above).

Additional Hospital Information:

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 897
Hospital founded in: 1966
Hospital location: Chicago, IL



15. Rutgers University/ New Jersey Medical School

rutgHackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack New Jersey. (source)

Rutgers University in the state of New Jersey was founded in 1766 as Queen’s College and is one of the original nine Colonial Colleges. Rutgers, a Public Ivy, has not one but three major campuses, but the flagship campus is in New Brunswick, NJ, and additional campuses and facilities, all in New Jersey. Rutgers endowment as of FY 2013 was ~$783M.

The university has a number of health-related schools and colleges, including the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, School of Public Health, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey Medical School and others. The latter two are graduate medical schools and were acquired as part of a 2013 merger with UMDNJ (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). These and the other schools/ colleges are in different locations in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) was originally founded in 1970 as Rutgers Medical School as part of the university, though it was was split off in 1971 by the state Governor’s office. Even before this, in 1952, the university’s Selman Waksman received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his part in discovering over 20 antibiotics, including one used to cure tuberculosis.

One teaching hospital affiliate of NJMS is the 900-bed Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), originally founded in 1881 and located in Hackensack, NJ, in Bergen County. HUMC offers tertiary and healthcare services for New York City and parts of New Jersey and was the first hospital in the country to receive a Magnet award for Nursing excellence. In addition to being a state-designated children’s hospital, it also offers cardiac care and surgery, as well as geriatric services and a stem cell transplantation program. Other services include a Level II trauma center and a helipad.

Another NJMS teaching affiliate is the 478-bed Saint Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) in New Brunswick, NJ, founded in 1907. It is a state-designated acute care children’s hospital and has one of the United States’ largest maternity services. SPUH has won four Magnet awards for Nursing Excellence.

For the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), one teaching affiliate is the 519-bed University Hospital in Newark, NJ, founded in 1882. It has a Level I trauma center

Additional Hospital Information:

Hackensack University Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 900
Hospital founded in: 1881
Hospital location: Hackensack, NJ



14. University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

unialaRecreation Center at University of Alabama, Birmingham (source)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was founded in 1969 –with roots going back to 1936 — and is part of the University of Alabama System. The university is in the top-20 for federal funding. UA’s combined endowment as of FY 2013 was $1.05B.

UAB School of Medicine, also located in Birmingham as part of the campus medical center, has its roots in the Medical College of Alabama, founded in 1859. The school has top-20 ranked specialties, including AIDS and internal medicine. The School of Nursing is also well-ranked, as are some of its programs. The School of Medicine has an early acceptance program, EMSAP, which guarantees entry into the school after graduation to undergrads who are accepted. It also has a Medical Scientist Training Program, one of only a few dozen in the country, which is funded by NIH grants, and which has the option to earn an MD and PhD, with free tuition and a stipend.

One teaching affiliate of the School of Medicine is the 908-bed UAB Hospital, found in 1945 and which is part of the UAB Health System (UABHS). UABHS and UAB Hospital are located in Birmingham, AL, on the UAB campus, adjacent to other hospitals (affiliated but non-UAB), which are off-campus in the Birmingham Medical District. Teaching specialties include internal medicine, neurology, radiology and others. The hospital itself has a Level I trauma center. The hospital and many of its physicians have made it to various “top hospitals/ top physicians” lists, and the hospital earned a Consumer Choice award for 2005-6.

Additional Hospital Information:

UAB Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 908
Hospital founded in: 1945
Hospital location: Birmingham, AL



13. Loma Linda University School of Medicine

lomView of the Loma Linda University Medical Center from the South Hills. (source)

Loma Linda University (LLU) in Loma Linda, California, was founded in 1905 and is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. LLU’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $648M. It ranks #11 of 1,017 schools on the PayScale.com list of starting salaries after graduation. LLU has a number of health-related schools, including for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, public health and allied health professionals.

The School of Medicine was established in 1909 and is also located in Loma Linda. The School has a total of 21 departments, fourteen of which are clinical and four intermediary (including public health and preventive medicine). Admission preference favors applicants of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith, and clinical rotations for junior and senior years are at the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC).

The LLUMC was established in 1905. It is a Level I trauma center that has two helipads for air service, and the 11-story main tower is visible from many parts of the San Bernadino-Riverside-Ontario region east of Los Angeles. LLUMC has an emergency room that specializes in snake bites and an infant heart transplant program. The transplant program is part of the 275-bed Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, a Level I trauma center that serves four counties in southern California.

Additional Hospital Information:

Loma Linda University Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 922
Hospital founded in: 1909
Hospital location: Loma Linda, CA



12. Georgetown University School of Medicine

georgeGarden view of exterior of Washington General Hospital at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. (source)

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1789 and is affiliated with the Catholic and Jesuit faiths — reputedly the oldest such institution in the U.S. Georgetown’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $1.29B. The university has had many notable alumni, including politicians, heads of state, royalty and others. Georgetown has a number of health-related schools, including for medicine and nursing.

The School of Medicine (SoM) was founded in 1851 and has ranked well in US News’ yearly top medical schools lists. The university and the non-profit MedStar Health have partnered since 2000, which added seven hospital affiliates in Washington, D.C., and nearby Baltimore, MD, to supplement the existing Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), which is located on campus.

One teaching hospital affiliation that resulted from the partnership is the 926-bed MedStar Washington Hospital Center, founded in 1958. It offers variety of services including primary, secondary and tertiary care, and is a Level I trauma center with air ambulance service. The center’s specialties include cancer, neurosciences, burn treatment and others.

Another teaching affiliate, on campus, is the 609-bed MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, founded in 1898, which houses the (Vince) Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, amongst others that cover specialties including neurology, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, and living-donor liver transplants. The hospital received a Magnet award in 2004, and ranked for over a dozen specialties in US News’ 2001 best hospitals list.

Due to reasons of faith, the center and the hospital do not perform abortions.

Additional Hospital Information:

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Hospital website
# beds: 926
Hospital founded in: 1958
Hospital location: Washington, D.C.



11. Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

thomjThomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. (source)

Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) in Philadelphia, PA, was founded in 1824. TJU has a number of health-related schools and colleges, including for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, population health and health professions. The medical school, formerly known as Jefferson Medical College (JMC), was founded in 1824. It was renamed to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) thanks to a $110M donation in 2014 by Sidney Kimmel.

SKMC has nearly 30 departments covering a wide range of specialties, from Anesthesiology to Urology. It claims “more living graduates than any other private medical school in the nation”. As well, nearly one in four applicants to medical school in the U.S. apply to JMC/ SKMC. (For example, there were over 10,000 applications for the 2012-2013 Academic Year, according to the university’s annual report for that year.)

One teaching affiliate is the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, founded in 1825. It is an acute care facility with a Level I trauma center. The parent organization, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH), has a total of 957 beds and services in five locations. Other teaching affiliate hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience and Methodist Hospital.

Additional Hospital Information:

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 957
Hospital founded in: 1825
Hospital location: Philadelphia, PA



10. USF Health, Morsani College of Medicine

sofloTampa General Hospital. (source)

The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL, was founded in 1956. It is one of three institutions in the USF system, and ranks highly for a number of factors, including being a very high research university, research funding, research expenditures, number of patents granted (over 1,400), ranking for the School of Nursing (in terms of funding received by NIH in FY 2012) and more. USF also ranked 40th in Forbes’ “top 100 best buy colleges” list in 2012, and in the Princeton Review top 75 “best college values” 2014 list, as well as for various rankings in multiple other lists. USF’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $364M.

USF has a number of health-related colleges that together comprise USF Health, including the colleges of nursing, pharmacy, public health, medicine and others. The Morsani College of Medicine is a grad school, founded in 1971. Specialties across USF Health include research into prosthetics, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and others. Morsani/ USF Health also has a three-story medical simulation center used for training.

One teaching hospital affiliate is the 1,018-bed Tampa General Hospital (TGH), situated on the Davis Islands and opening in 1927. It is a Level I trauma center with helicopter service and has a number of specialties including orthopedics, urology, parathyroid surgery, head and neck surgery, neonatal intensive care, amongst others. Awards include getting Magnet status in 2005, winning the Consumer’s Choice Award several years in a row, and earning a top-50 ranking nationwide in US News’ 2012 best hospitals for adult specialties. It is a Level I trauma center with helicopter service.

Another teaching hospital affiliate is the 981-bed Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, PA, via USF’s SELECT program. Specialties include cancer treatment, kidney transplantation, and burn treatment, amongst others. It is an Adult Level I and Pediatric Level II trauma center.

Additional Hospital Information:

Tampa General Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 1018
Hospital founded in: 1927
Hospital location: Tampa, FL



9. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

casewesyCase Medical Center and Lerner Tower.jpg (source)

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU or Case), located in Cleveland, OH, is the result of the 1967 merger between Western Reserve University (founded 1826) and Case Institute of Technology (founded 1881). Case ranked #37 in US News’ 2013 list of top national universities. Its endowment as of FY 2013 was $1.68B. Notable health-related divisions include the School of Medicine (CWRU SOM/ CaseMed), the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

CaseMed has roots back to 1843 as the Medical Department of Western Reserve College, aka Cleveland Medical College. It is currently a graduate school of Case and received a #23 ranking in US News’ 2014 list of top medical schools in the U.S. for research. Of the 16 Nobel Prizes won by Laureates affiliated with Case (as alumni or former or current faculty) between 1907 and 2004, inclusive, eight are in physiology/ medicine, including for research on diabetes and polio. Two U.S. Surgeons General are alumni, and another is a director of the CDC. Two other alumni are the second (1852) and third (1854) women to earn a medical degree in the U.S. In addition to various MD degrees, CaseMed also has a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

One teaching hospital affiliate for CaseMed is the 1,032-bed University Hospitals Case Medical Center, founded in 1866. The center covers a number of specialties including orthopedics, radiation oncology, cardiovascular surgery, human genetics and others. The center includes the 244-bed teaching facility Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, ranked #2 in 2008 for neonatal care by US News, and other facilities.

Another teaching affiliate is the 861-bed MetroHealth System, founded in 1837, which is a Level I trauma center with an air ambulance service. MetroHealth also has a burn unit. CaseMed has additional teaching hospital affiliates, including the 1,200-bed Cleveland Clinic, which has its own Lerner College of Medicine.

Additional Hospital Information:

Case Medical Center/ University Hospitals of Cleveland
Hospital website
# beds: 1032
Hospital founded in: 1866
Hospital location: Cleveland, OH



8. Harvard Medical School

massMain entrance of the Massachusetts General Hospital. (source)

Harvard University, located in Cambridge, MA, was founded in 1636. It is not only the oldest higher-learning institution in the U.S., it is at or near the top in many rankings lists of schools worldwide. Harvard’s endowment ($32.3B for FY 2013, $30.4B for FY 2012) is said to be the largest of any academic institution worldwide, and was the largest in the U.S. for 2013.

Harvard has many notable alumni: U.S. presidents, billionaires, Rhodes Scholars, Nobel Laureates and more. Of the over 170 Nobel Prizes awarded to people in some way associated with Harvard, over 50 of prizes were award for the “Physiology or Medicine” category. Harvard has more than four times as many medical as non-medical administrative staff.

Harvard Medical School (HMS), founded 1782, is located in the Longwood Medical Area, along with the dental and the public health schools. HMS has so far been a permanent fixture at #1 for medical schools ( research) on the US News medical schools list. HMS is the third-oldest American medical school. U Penn/ Pereleman at #24 in this list, founded in 1765, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, founded in 1767, are older.

The main teaching hospital affiliate of HMS is the 1,057-bed Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), founded in 1811, making it the third-oldest American general hospital. It ranked number one nationwide in US News’ 2013 list of top hospitals, but dropped to #2 below Mayo Clinic for the 2014 list. Services include obstetrics, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care and others. It is a Level I trauma center with a helipad and air service.

A second teaching affiliate hospital is the 793-bed Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), founded in 1980. Another teaching affiliate is the 631-bed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), founded as Deaconess in 1896. Both BWH and BIDMC are Level I trauma centers with helipads. HMS has nearly 20 teaching affiliate hospitals/ centers in total — many of which have multiple affiliations with other academic institutions, so are not listed here.

Additional Hospital Information:

Massachusetts General Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 1057
Hospital founded in: 1811
Hospital location: Boston, MA



7. Duke University School of Medicine

dukeSouth building of the Duke University Hospital. (source)

Duke University, located in Durham, NC, was founded in 1838 in Trinity, NC, as Brown School, and eventually relocating to Durham in 1892 while named Trinity College. Duke ranked #18 in the Times Higher Ed (THE) 2014-15 national list, and #25 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2014-15 worldwide list. Its endowment as of FY 2013 was $6.04B. The university tied for 8th place on US News’ 2014 best colleges (national) list, and had other high rankings from nearly a dozen other lists.

In terms of health-related disciplines, Duke has a school of medicine and a school of nursing. These schools, along with Duke Clinic and various hospitals comprise Duke University Health System. (There is also a graduate medical school in Singapore that is a partnership with National University of Singapore.)

One teaching affiliate hospital, is the 938-bed acute care Duke Medical Center/ Duke University Hospital founded in 1925. It received nearly $300M in funding for 2013 from the NIH. The hospital is a Level I trauma center with a helipad. The hospital and the schools of medicine and nursing were created as part of a donation from James Buchanan Duke (after whose father the university itself is named).

Duke Health also has three other hospitals in its roster: Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Combined specialties include treatment services for cancer, heart, spine and back, lung disease, children’s health, OB-GYN and others.

Additional Hospital Information:

Duke University Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 938
Hospital founded in: 1925
Hospital location: Durham, NC



6. Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

johnsJohns Hopkins Hospital – listed in the National Register of Historic places. (source)

Johns Hopkins University (JHU), founded in 1876, is located in Baltimore, MD, and has campuses in Maryland state and nearby Washington, D.C. JHU’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $2.99B. Notable alumni and other affiliated people include over 30 Nobel Laureates, one of whom was also a U.S. President (Woodrow Wilson) and was the first Laureate for JHU. Half the original donation from entrepreneur philanthropist Johns Hopkins that founded the university went to founding Johns Hopkins Hospital. The $7M bequest was the largest philanthropic gift in the U.S. at the time.

JHU ranks at the top of the list of receipt of federal R+D funds, and the School of Medicine ranks first for receipt of extra awards from NIH. The JHU School of Medicine (JHUSOM, founded 1893), together with the School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health comprise Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI) Campus. JHUSOM’s alumni and faculty have collectively won 15 Nobel Prizes in the category of “Physiology or Medicine.” JHUSOM ranked #3 in US News’ 2014 list of top medical schools for research.

One teaching hospital affiliates is JHU’s own 1,148-bed Johns Hopkins Hospital, founded in 1889. A seminal book of medical practices was written at the hospital by internist Sir William Osler, a founding professor and physician of JHUSOM. The hospital held US News’ #1 spot for best hospitals (Honor Roll, 2014-15) from 1991-2011. In 2012, it lost it’s #1 spot, regained it in 2013 and lost it again in 2014, this time to the Mayo Clinic (first time at #1). The hospital has also ranked high or at the top for research funding from the NIH. It is a Level I trauma center, Adult and Pediatric. Top-ranked specialties include geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, urology, and numerous others received #2 to #6 rankings by US News in recent years.

Another teaching hospital affiliate is the 550-plus-bed John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC), which went by other names in the past, including Francis Scott Key Medical Center. It was founded in 1773 as Baltimore City Hospitals. Services include neonatal intensive care, a burn center, geriatrics and others. JHBMC is a Level II trauma center with a helipad.

Additional Hospital Information:

Johns Hopkins Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 1148
Hospital founded in: 1889
Hospital location: Baltimore, MD



5. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

icahnView from New York’s Central Park of Mount Sinai Medical Center. (source)

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), located in Manhattan, NY, was founded in 1963 as the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) as part of Mount Sinai Hospital, which is now part of Mount Sinai Health System.

ISMMS’ predecessor MSSM was previously affiliated with City University of New York (CUNY), who administered the medical degrees of MSSM students. As of 1999, MSSM became affiliated with New York University (NYU; #4 in in this list) via the merger of their respective health system. However, they kept operations separate from NYU School of Medicine, and the merger ended in 2003. In 2010, MSSM became accredited and were able to grant their own medical degrees. In Nov 2012, MSSM announced a change to ISMMS, thanks to American businessman/ investor Carl Icahn, who donated $200M. A number of buildings and labs were also renamed in his honor.

Carl Icahn also contributed to ISMMS’ teaching affiliate hospital, the 1,171-bed Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is a trustee. Mount Sinai, founded in 1852, is one of the oldest teaching hospitals in the U.S. and the second Jewish hospital in the country. It was ranked nationally as a top hospital by US News for 10 specialties on their 2014 top hospitals list. The highest three specialties are geriatrics (#2), gastroenterology and GI surgery (#9) and a tie at #10 for cardiology and heart surgery, and in ear, nose and throat.

Mount Sinai has had many milestones in its history, including a number of medical discoveries, and being first to describe certain medical conditions which were later given a name, as well as first to use certain medical procedures.

Additional Hospital Information:

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Hospital website
# beds: 1171
Hospital founded in: 1852
Hospital location: Manhattan, NY



4. New York University School of Medicine

nyuNYU Langone Medical Center, northeast view across 30th Street. (source)

New York University (NYU), located in downtown Manhattan, New York, was founded in 1831 and claims to be one of the largest private universities in the U.S. NYU also has satellite campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Health-related schools and colleges at NYU include dentistry, nursing and medicine.

The NYU School of Medicine was established in 1841 but with history dating to 1837. NYU was for a time affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) via the merger of their health systems in 1998, though that ended in 2003. (See #5 in this list). NYU SoM ranked #19 in US News’ 2014 best medical schools list, and of the 36 Nobel Prizes awarded to people variously affiliated with the school, 12 prizes were in the category of “Physiology or Medicine.” Four Nobel Laureates are associated specifically with NYU SoM.

NYU SoM is part of NYU Langone Medical Center, the teaching affiliate hospital, founded in 1841. Langone was previous known as NYU Medical Center, but was changed after a $200M donation from Kenneth and Elaine Langone in 2008. The center has three hospitals that combine to a total of 1,232 beds. This includes the 705-bed Tisch Hospital. Some of the center’s specialties include cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and children’s services. Also at the center are the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. The latter is the first such university-affiliated center in the world focusing only on rehabilitation medicine research and training.

Another teaching affiliate hospital is the 1,200-bed Bellevue Hospital Center in New York, founded in 1736 — the United States oldest public hospital. It has 861 beds for general use and 339 for psychiatric use. It is a Level I trauma center with a helipad. Bellevue has a long relationship with NYU, with clinical instruction for the school of medicine starting at the hospital in 1847. Bellevue formed its own medical college in 1861, and merged with NYU’s medical college in 1898.

Additional Hospital Information:

NYU Langone Medical Center
Hospital website
# beds: 1232
Hospital founded in: 1841
Hospital location: New York, NY



3. Washington University, School of Medicine

washuView of Barnes-Jewish Hospital across Jefferson Lake in St. Louis. (source)

Washington University in St. Louis, MO, (WUSTL) was founded in 1853. WUSTL’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $5.65B. The university has achieved a number of top rankings on various lists for both the United States and the world, including a #7 position on Princeton Review’s (PR’s) 2012 “best value private colleges” list and #2 in PR’s 2014 list of best college dorms. It has previously held a #4 ranking in terms of NIH funding.

The Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) was founded in 1891. WUSM has ranked as high as #2 in US News’ list of top medical schools (2003,2004), and has a #6 spot in US News’ 2014 list of top comprehensive medical schools. It claims 17 Nobel Prizes through various affiliations with winners, of the 22 prizes for the university.

WUSM is part of the WUSTL Medical Campus, aka Washington University Medical Center, which also includes two teaching hospitals –which are staffed by WUSM’s Physicians and Nurse Practitioners — and a number of centers and institutes.

One teaching affiliate hospital is is the 1,252-bed Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a merger of two hospitals — one founded in 1902, the other in 1914. Barnes has been on US News’ honor roll of best hospitals for many years, taking #17 in the 2014 list. It has also ranked well for a number of specialties, including pulmonology, urology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthamology and others.

The second teaching hospital is the 258-bed St. Louis Children’s Hospital, founded in 1879, and which serves parts of six states. It covers all pediatric services and has numerous advocacy programs for nutrition, fitness, safety and more. The hospital had performed 410 pediatric lung transplants as of year-end 2013 (since 1990), and 18 heart-lung transplants in the same period.

Additional Hospital Information:

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 1252
Hospital founded in: 1902
Hospital location: St. Louis, MO



2. Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

southesThe Broward Health Medical Center. (source)

Nova Southeastern University (NSU), founded in 1964, has its main campus in Fort Lauderdale, FL. NSU claims the status of eighth-largest non-profit private university in the United States, in terms of enrolled students (over 28,000). It’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $6.7M. It is designated a “high research activity” university, and is one of 37 in the country to receive the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation.

NSU’s health-related schools and colleges include osteopathic medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry and allied health. NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSUCOM)was founded in 1979, in Davie, FL., as part of Southeastern University. (The latter merged with Nova University in 1994 to form NSU.) The college offers a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), an M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) and an M.S. (Master in Biomedical Informatics). Options are a combined D.O./ M.P.H. program or a combined D.O./ D.M.D. (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry).

NSUCOM’s teaching affiliate hospital is the 1,529-bed Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with Broward General Hospital founded in 1938, now known as Broward General Medical Center. Broward Health is a Level I trauma center. Specialties include stroke treatment and liver transplants.

The Chris Evert Children’s Hospital is also part of Broward Health and has a pediatric trauma center and intensive care unit. Other pediatric specialties include allergy/ immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, otolarynology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and more.

NSUCOM has numerous other hospital affiliations, mostly across Florida but also in Alabama and New York states.

Additional Hospital Information:

Broward Health
Hospital website
# beds: 1529
Hospital founded in: 1938
Hospital location: Fort Lauderdale, FL



1. Yale University School of Medicine

yaleAerial view of the Yale-New Haven Hospital. (source)

Yale University, located in New Haven, CT, was founded in 1701. It is the third oldest of the original nine Colonial Colleges and is an Ivy League school. Yale claims to be the first American university to grant a Ph.D., in 1861. The university’s endowment as of FY 2013 was $20.78B. It is ranked #3 in US News’ 2014 list of top national universities.

Amongst the health-related schools at Yale are medicine, nursing and public health. Yale School of Medicine was founded in 1810. It ranks as #7 in US News’ 2014 list of top medical schools for research. Degrees offered are an MD/ MPH and MD/ MHS (Master of Health Science). There are also other combined degree options, including a MD/PhD and a MMSc (Physician Associate), MMSc/ MPH, as well combinations with management, divinity, and law degrees. Over 4,000 students competed for 100 spots for the class of 2016.

Yale School of Medicine has a number of teaching affiliate hospitals. The main one is the 1,541-bed Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) in New Haven, CT, founded in 1826 — one of the largest hospitals in the world. YNHH also serves Yale School of Nursing students for education, and has Magnet status for excellence in nursing. YNHH ranked in US News’ 2014 list for 11 adult specialities, including #7 in diabetes and endocrinology, and #11 in psychiatry.

The bed count at YNHH includes the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. The Children’s Hospital ranked in US News’ 2014 list for seven pediatric specialties, including #3 for diabetes and endocrinology, and #18 for gastroenterology and GI surgery.

Additional Hospital Information:

Yale New Haven Hospital
Hospital website
# beds: 1541
Hospital founded in: 1826
Hospital location: New Haven, CT