Toronto General Hospital number 4 in the world

Toronto General Hospital (Photo by Cavouk)

For the second year in a row, Toronto General Hospital (TGH) has been ranked one of the world’s best hospitals in a global ranking. TGH is ranked number four – up three spots from last year’s inaugural listing – and is again the only Canadian hospital in the top 10.

TGH is cited for its world-leading Sprott Department of Surgery, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre. TGH’s excellence in the fields of endocrinology, autoimmunity and diabetes, its work to provide access to high-quality care to patients in remote communities, and a strong strategic plan were also contributing factors.

The ranking, managed by a global market research company in partnership with Newsweek magazine, rated more than 1,000 healthcare institutions. The 2020 top 10 list was finalized by a panel of doctors, medical professionals and administrators from across four continents.

World’s top 10 hospitals:

  1. Mayo Clinic, USA
  2. Cleveland Clinic, USA
  3. Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
  4. Toronto General Hospital, Canada
  5. Charité, Germany
  6. Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA
  7. University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
  9. Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, Israel
  10. Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

TGH is part of University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research and teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto. Since TGH first opened, world firsts have included the first clinical use of insulin, the first successful single- and double-lung transplants, the first transplant using the Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion System, and the first successful direct stimulation of a heart that had stopped beating, the precursor of all pacemakers.

“UHN is proud to be recognized for its service to patients and track record of innovation among this elite group of hospitals,” says Dr. Kevin Smith, UHN President & CEO. “This recognition is a testament to our staff, physicians, researchers, Board and volunteers – past and present. Our privilege of serving as a world-leading academic health sciences centre would not be possible without the support of our Foundation and donors who believe in our ability to help deliver a healthier world.”

Philanthropy has been critical to fuelling the advances in care and discovery that contributed to this year’s ranking.

“We are so happy for our colleagues at Toronto General Hospital and all of UHN for this tremendous accomplishment,” says Tennys Hanson, Chief Executive Officer of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and Vice President and Chief Development Officer of UHN. “This recognition is a testament to the life-saving work that can be accomplished thanks to our generous donors and dedicated staff. We’re inspired to continue to drive the future of health care and show what knowledge can do.”

Read the full Newsweek report here.

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