Physicians' choice: Best hospitals for treating key conditions

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In a survey asking physicians to rank their hospital preferences for the treatment of several conditions, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic was ranked highest for the treatment of six of the 10 conditions, and Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center took the top spot in treating all five cancer types, a Medscape survey found.

Medscape asked over 11,000 physicians to rank their preferences for care and treatment for themselves or family, assuming no barriers, such as transportation or cost. 

Physicians ranked hospitals for the treatment of several serious conditions, including cardiac conditions, infectious diseases and five types of cancer. In all, the physicians named 33 hospitals.

Here's how physicians ranked hospitals for cardiac conditions, infectious diseases and lung cancer:

Cardiac conditions
1. Cleveland Clinic
2. Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus (Rochester, Minn.)
3. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
4. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Medical Center
(New York City)
5. Stanford (Calif.) Hospital
5. Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston)
5. The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
8. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
8. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)
8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Infectious diseases
1. Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus (Rochester, Minn.)
2. The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
2. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
4. Cleveland Clinic
4. Emory University Hospital (Atlanta)
6. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)
7. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (New York City)
7. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Lung cancer
1. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston)
2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York City)
3. Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus (Rochester, Minn.)
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
5. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
7. The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
8. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)
8. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
8. Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.)
8. Stanford (Calif.) Hospital
8. Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston)

To view the complete list of physicians' top hospitals for key conditions and procedures (non-cancer), click here. Click here to see physicians' top hospitals for cancer treatment.

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