U.S. News Ranks Scripps Health No. 1 for Orthopedics in San Diego Region

Scripps hospitals rank nationally in five specialties

Five specialties nationally ranked best hospitals - U.S. News & World Report 2023-2024

Scripps hospitals rank nationally in five specialties

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Scripps Health’s orthopedics program the best in the San Diego region and named Scripps among the nation’s best in five specialties in the magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” list.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 34th year, recognize the nation’s top 50 hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging health care needs. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 15 adult specialties and 22 common procedures and conditions in order to determine the ranking. Of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated this year, only 164 hospitals ranked in at least one of the specialties.

“Despite the headwinds and challenges that hospitals continue to face in this post-pandemic world amid economic turmoil, Scripps continues to deliver exceptional care to our patients who benefit every day from outstanding nationally ranked programs,” said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “I am proud of the outstanding hard work, focus and dedication of our physicians, nurses and the rest of our staff that made these rankings possible.”

The combined programs of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla — listed by the magazine as “Scripps La Jolla Hospitals” — are among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in: 

  • Orthopedics (No.16)
  • Cardiology (No. 24)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (No. 35)
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 37)
  • Geriatrics (No. 39)


Nationally ranked for the 10th consecutive year, Scripps hospitals are recognized for excellence in orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, sports medicine and treatment of complex conditions. Treatment options include the latest FDA-approved technologies, devices and procedures at multiple locations throughout San Diego County. The Donald P. and Darlene Shiley Musculoskeletal Center on the campus of Scripps Green Hospital is home to advanced diagnostics, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation services, as well as orthopedic research and education.

Heart care 

This is the 18th year the Scripps heart program has made the U.S. News national ranking. Scripps is a leading provider of exceptional quality heart care throughout San Diego. The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute at Scripps is one of the largest, most advanced centers on the West Coast for cardiovascular medicine, research and training. Through a longtime partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Scripps also is the exclusive provider of cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology surgery to Kaiser Permanente members in the San Diego region. 

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Nationally ranked for the 10th consecutive year, Scripps obstetrics and gynecology programs are recognized for excellent results with high-risk patients, and for patient survival rates. Scripps OB-GYN doctors provide excellent specialized services such as minimally invasive surgery — including robotic surgery — and advanced clinical technology. The Scripps OB-GYN program includes 40 surgeons who perform a high rate of minimally invasive surgery, reducing patient complications and length of stay in the hospital. Gynecology patients consistently give Scripps high satisfaction scores for expertise, courtesy and friendliness.

Gastroenterology and GI Surgery

Nationally ranked for the 10th consecutive year, Scripps is recognized for treating the most challenging digestive and liver problems as well as offering access to emerging therapies through clinical research. In 1990, Scripps established San Diego’s first liver transplant program and founded the Scripps Clinic Liver Disease Center, which is internationally recognized for research and treatment of people with chronic liver disease.


Nationally ranked for the ninth time, Scripps has more than 90 physicians whose specialties or areas of expertise include geriatric medicine. These physicians are skilled at providing care to older patients for a wide range of conditions associated with aging.

Nationally high performing specialties

U.S. News also recognized “High Performing” medical programs that were not ranked in the top 50 but scored among the top 10 percent of hospitals that received scores.

The combined programs of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla were recognized for high performance in cancer, pulmonology, urology, and neurology and neurosurgery.

Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego and Chula Vista) was recognized for high performance in orthopedics.

High performing in common procedures and conditions 

U.S. News also recognized “High Performing” hospitals in common adult procedures and conditions.

The combined programs of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla were recognized for high performance in aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, knee replacement, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, diabetes, kidney failure, pneumonia, stroke and heart attack.

Scripps Mercy Hospital was recognized as high performing in COPD, heart failure, knee replacement, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, pneumonia, stroke, heart attack, prostate cancer surgery and maternity care (uncomplicated pregnancy).

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas was recognized for high performance in COPD, heart failure, heart attack, diabetes, knee replacement, pneumonia, stroke and maternity care (uncomplicated pregnancy).

State and metro rankings

U.S. News also ranked the best regional hospitals within metropolitan areas with a population of one million people or more, based largely on the number of national rankings achieved. The combined programs of Scripps Green and Scripps La Jolla were ranked No. 2 in the San Diego metro area and No. 8 in California.

Scripps Mercy was ranked No. 7 in the San Diego metro area and No. 43 in California, while Scripps Encinitas was ranked No. 8 in the San Diego metro area and No. 65 in the state. 

The U.S. News rankings are the latest accolades earned by Scripps hospitals. In April, Fortune Magazine once again included Scripps among the top employers in the nation on the annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work, ranking the organization No. 95 in the nation in 2023 and the only San Diego-based company to make the list.


U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International; a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. All rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands in September.

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