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MEND Division ranked 17th in the country, four MEND endocrinologists named "Top Doctors" by U.S. News & World Report


UMHS ranked 14th overall for the third consecutive year, #1 in Detroit area

ANN ARBOR, MI, JULY 19, 2011 —Once again, the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Diabetes Center and the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) have been ranked 17th in treating Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders on the "America's Best Hospitals" list by the U.S. News & World Report.

The University of Michigan's MEND Division/Diabetes Center is the only program in the state of Michigan that made the top 20 on the U.S. News & World Report's annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" for Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders.

In addition, four MEND endocrinologists were named "Top Doctors" in the survey: Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D.; Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D.; William Herman, M.D., M.P.H.; and Robert Lash, M.D. UMHS pediatric endocrinologist Ram Menon, M.D., and Anca Avram, M.D., were also on the list.

More than 1,000 hospitals are listed in the Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders category. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 144 inpatients who needed a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2007, 2008, or 2009, or if enough specialists recommended the hospital for such patients.

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) is ranked 14th overall on the America's Best Hospitals list for the third consecutive year, tied with Vanderbilt University. In a new georgraphically-based survey component this year, UMHS was also named #1 in health care in the Detroit metro area.

UMHS is the only Michigan hospital on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll, which is "reserved for medical centers that demonstrate unusually high expertise across multiple specialties, scoring at or near the top in at least six of 16 specialties." Just 17 of the nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country evaluated for the 2011-12 rankings qualified for the Honor Roll. Read more about UMHS's ranking

The U.S. News & World Report's rankings differ from other "best of" hospital rankings because, instead of grading hospitals on routine procedures, it looks instead at how well the hospitals do in complex and demanding situations — what the magazine calls "high-stakes medicine." (Full explanation of criteria)