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School of Medicine Rankings 2014

U.S. News & World Report


July 15, 2014 - Three CU School of Medicine specialties ranked in the top 10 nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s survey of medical schools.

In the broad category of primary care, the CU medical school was 13th in the country.

The School of Medicine ranked No. 40 as a research institution. The school’s ranking in this category dropped a few years ago after its Department of Preventive Medicine was merged into the newly created Colorado School of Public Health. As a result of that merger, some functions and grants used to establish the rankings were reassigned to the School of Public Health.

Programs and specialties at the school were ranked:

In addition, the School of Medicine's Physician Assistant program placed 11th nationally; the Physical Therapy program ranked 34th.

“I am proud of all our programs here whether they get ranked by U.S. News or not,” said Richard Krugman, MD, dean of the CU medical school and vice chancellor of health affairs for the University of Colorado Denver. 

Rankings for other schools and colleges at Anschutz Medical Campus included:

  • 5th Nurse Practitioner Pediatrics program
  • 10th Nursing Online Program
  • 13th Nurse Midwifery program
  • 15th Nursing program
  • 16th Nurse Practitioner Family program
  • 24th Pharmacy

In separate rankings of hospitals, two Anschutz Medical Campus hospitals also were highly rated.

University of Colorado Hospital (out of nearly 5,000 hospitals surveyed) in U.S. News rankings:

  • 2nd in Pulmonology 
  • 15th in Cancer Care
  • 18th in Kidney Disorders
  • 19th in Gynecology

U.S. News also recognized other top 50 specialties including Diabetes & Endocrinology; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Neurology and Neurosugery; Orthopedics; Urology.

Children's Hospital Colorado's was ranked 6th overall nationally by U.S News. Top specialties include:
  • 4th in Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders 
  • 4th in Neonatology
  • 5th in Pulmonology
  • 7th in Orthopedics
  • ​9th in Cancer Care 
  • 10th in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 
  • 14th in Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • 16th in Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • 22nd in Urology
Affiliate institute National Jewish Health was ranked 2nd in respiratory care with UCH.


Every year, U.S. News ranks medical schools based on opinions about program quality and other measures of faculty, research and students.  U.S. News says it bases its rankings in part on a survey of medical school deans, deans of academic affairs and the heads of internal medicine or the directors of admission.

See how University of Colorado Denver programs ranked →