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July 27, 2021News

Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Ophthalmology Recognized in “Best Hospitals” Rankings

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Mass Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, members of Mass General Brigham, have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” issue rankings with the no. 2 ranking in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat care) and no. 4 ranking for ophthalmology (eye care). The departments, shared across both hospitals, rank no. 1 in New England.

The Mass Eye and Ear/Mass General Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery earned the no. 2 ranking for U.S. programs, up from no. 6 in last year’s rankings. The otolaryngology ranking is based on scoring criteria including quality of care, patient safety and national reputation as surveyed by board-certified otolaryngologists.

The Mass Eye and Ear/Mass General Department of Ophthalmology earned the no. 4 national ranking for 2021-2022. This ranking is based solely on a reputational survey of board-certified ophthalmologists around the country. Realizing the need for more objective and transparent reporting in the field, the Department has published a Quality and Outcomes Report since 2010. The department is the top ophthalmology program in New England for the 31st year in a row since the rankings were released in 1990.

In 2009, Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General announced that Mass Eye and Ear physicians would lead and staff the Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Mass General, which is why both hospitals are named in the ranking.

“We are immensely proud of the fact that our Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery remain the top programs in New England, and are consistently ranked among the top programs in the country,” said John Fernandez, president of Mass Eye and Ear. “Our physicians and staff are committed to providing the best patient care possible to anyone who enters one of our more than 20 facilities, and take great pride in their work towards our mission to treat diseases of the eyes, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. This great honor and recognition could not be possible without their tireless efforts, exemplified by their above and beyond response during the unprecedented pandemic throughout this past year.”

About Mass Eye and Ear

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, founded in 1824, is an international center for treatment and research and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. A member of Mass General Brigham, Mass Eye and Ear specializes in ophthalmology (eye care) and otolaryngology–head and neck surgery (ear, nose and throat care). Mass Eye and Ear clinicians provide care ranging from the routine to the very complex. Also home to the world's largest community of hearing and vision researchers, Mass Eye and Ear scientists are driven by a mission to discover the basic biology underlying conditions affecting the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and neck and to develop new treatments and cures. In the 2021–2022 “Best Hospitals” survey, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mass Eye and Ear #4 in the nation for eye care and #2 for ear, nose and throat care. For more information about life-changing care and research at Mass Eye and Ear, visit our blog, Focus, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.