MedStar Washington Hospital Center Named One of Nation’s Top 50 For Cardiovascular Care | MedStar Health

MedStar Washington Hospital Center Named One of Nation’s Top 50 For Cardiovascular Care

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Dr. Christian Shults performs a cardiac surgery procedure at MedStar Health.

Washington, D.C., –MedStar Washington Hospital Center has again been recognized as one of the leading cardiovascular centers in the country. The Hospital Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program moved up eight spots to #41 in the 2019-2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings from last year’s survey.

This year, only 165 of more than 4,500 hospitals analyzed for the Best Hospitals listing earned national ranking in at least one specialty.

“Being consistently recognized as one of the top cardiac centers in the country provides external validation to what we know already—that we are a top-notch cardiac center that strives every day to push the envelope of excellence,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director of the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. “Our all-in team dedication to quality, innovation and cutting-edge research keeps us at center stage in the world of cardiovascular medicine and surgery.”

MedStar Washington Hospital Center, home to MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, has one of the highest-volume cardiac programs in the nation. It integrates the cardiovascular programs and services of all 10 MedStar Health hospitals, MedStar’s cardiology practices and outpatient centers in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. In 2013, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute forged a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance with world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, which again ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News.

U.S. News also cited two of the Hospital Center’s other specialties as "high-performing":  Gastroenterology/Gastrointestinal surgery and Urology. In addition, it excels in several procedures or conditions, including aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

U.S. News methodologies are based largely on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival, discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing. The rankings are available at