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Some of the nation’s best healthcare in your own backyard

By NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health

Having high-quality healthcare available close to home is always reassuring.

Having healthcare that’s ranked among the best in the nation in your backyard is even better.

NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute Skokie

Pictured above: NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute specialty hospital in Skokie, which performs the most orthopedic surgeries of any hospital in Illinois (IHA COMPdata, 2022). NorthShore made the nation’s top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s orthopedic rankings for the third year in a row.

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the United States in four categories by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 Best Hospitals Rankings and Ratings.

The annual “Best Hospitals” rankings, now in their 34th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging medical conditions. More than 4,500 hospitals nationwide were analyzed and ranked in 15 specialties and 21 procedures and conditions.

In the 2023-24 edition, NorthShore ranks #13 in Diabetes & Endocrinology, #40 in Orthopedics, #42 in Neurology & Neurosurgery and #48 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery.

So, what does this mean for patients?


NorthShore made the nation’s top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s orthopedic rankings for the third year in a row, anchored by the NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute specialty hospital in Skokie, which performs the most orthopedic surgeries of any hospital in Illinois.

“Being nationally ranked in three out of the first four years as the only hospital in Illinois specializing in orthopaedic and spine care is a testament to our world-class physicians and the dedication and hard work of our team members,” said David Rahija, PT, MPT, MBA, FACHE, President, NorthShore Skokie Hospital, NorthShore Institutes. “The NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute team is humbled and inspired to continually raise the bar in orthopaedic and spine outcomes and how musculoskeletal care is delivered.”  

The dedicated focus on each patient as an individual is an essential part of the team’s success.

“We are honored to be selected again as one of the top orthopaedic programs. A tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to our patients is given by every person, every day on our team and we are proud that their work has been recognized for the third year in a row,” says Jason Koh, MD, MBA, Mark R. Neaman Family Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director, NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute. “Our focus at the NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute is on the patient’s specific condition. That specialty focus at our dedicated hospital allows us to deliver the best possible results.”

Learn more about the NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute in Skokie.

Diabetes and Endocrinology

For patients, the #13 ranking in diabetes and endocrinology means NorthShore is an expert partner that will help them stay healthy every step of the way.

“Our team approach combined with diabetes education, nutrition counseling, and state of the art technology allows us to partner with our patients. This is the secret of our success,” said Romy Block, MD, Division Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism at NorthShore. “In addition, our clinical trials enable our patients to have access to cutting-edge research within our community. We are so proud of the care that we provide.”

The NorthShore endocrinology and diabetes specialists take a team approach to care and use the latest technology and educational tools.

Learn more about NorthShore endocrinology and diabetes care.

Neurology and Neurosurgery

The #42 ranking is the first time NorthShore has made the U.S. News top 50 in the Neurology & Neurosurgery category. With subspecialists in every area of neurological disease and treatment, the NorthShore Neurological Institute (NNI) provides a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to patient care and coordination of services.

“It’s important for patients and their families to know that they are getting the best care for spinal, nerve and brain disorders, which usually have a major impact on their lives,” says Julian Bailes, MD, Surgical Director, NNI and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, NorthShore. “Along with our culture of caring, we utilize traditional as well as new and emerging technology for delivery of neurological care.”

“We are proud to be nationally recognized for providing world-class neurological care,” says Susan Rubin, MD, Medical Director, NNI and Chairman, Department of Neurology, NorthShore. “In addition to NorthShore Neurological Institute’s focus on the diagnosis and treatment of complex conditions involving the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system, we’re committed to research programs and clinical trials that give patients access to cutting-edge treatment options and novel therapies to improve function and outcomes.”

Learn more about the NorthShore Neurological Institute.

Gastroenterology and GI Surgery

NorthShore’s gastroenterology and GI surgery departments take a multidisciplinary approach, with more than 50 board-certified physicians and expert surgeons providing the highest quality care.

The reason the departments are ranked in the top 50 in the nation is simple: The providers are second to none.

“The providers at NorthShore are not only taking wonderful care of sick people, they’re contributing new knowledge to the field that’s being recognized at a national level. This gives patients confidence that they’re seeing people who are truly leaders in the field,” said Mark Talamonti, MD, Stanton and Margaret Rogers Palmer Chairman of Surgery, NorthShore.

“Our goal is to pursue greatness in everything we do. To have that acknowledged by a stringent external ranking system makes us feel excited, rewarded and inspired to do even better,” he said.

Learn more about gastroenterology at NorthShore.

Learn more about gastrointestinal and general surgery at NorthShore.

“It is wonderful to see the teams who care for our patients recognized for the superb outcomes and experiences they deliver every day,” says Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health. “The methodology continues to evolve to emphasize objective measurable outcomes, something on which NorthShore consistently focuses. Achievement in these rankings is aligned with our goal to advance clinical excellence and consistency across our entire system.”