Roswell Park Cancer Institute Included on U.S. News List of Best Hospitals for Cancer

Thursday, July 15, 2010

BUFFALO, NY — Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is ranked among the top cancer hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals, published online and featured in the August print issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands July 27.

“We’re proud to be included on this list,” said Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO of RPCI. “We’ve worked hard to consistently provide outstanding patient care, and this is one indicator of how effective our efforts have been. We continue to enhance our national prominence, and national reputation is a large part of the U.S. News methodology.”

Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, including cancer. The rankings are driven by data such as mortality rates, discharges, balance of nurses to patients, and reputation.

RPCI is the only institution in upstate New York to be included on the 2010 U.S. News cancer specialty list. “When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow.

“Inclusion on this list is recognition of our standing as one of the premier providers of cancer care in the country,” said Judy Smith, MD, MS, CPE, FACS, Medical Director of RPCI. “Visionary leadership, outstanding faculty, committed staff and excellence in nursing are just a few factors that have helped us attain this status. Perhaps most importantly, our culture of collaboration and teamwork allows us to deliver the highest quality multidisciplinary care for our patients. Our motivation is our mission to understand, prevent and cure cancer.”

RPCI has frequently been recognized for its outstanding care, including being named by AARP The Magazine as one of the eight best hospitals in the nation for complex or “extremely difficult” cases of cancer; inclusion on The Scientist magazine’s list of the Best Places to Work in Academia, published this month; and special commendations from BlueCross BlueShield, Optum Health and others.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email


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Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager