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Medscape survey ranks Emory University Hospital No. 6 in nation for infectious diseases care

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Janet Christenbury

Emory University Hospital has been ranked No. 6 in the nation for infectious diseases care, according to a Medscape survey of 2017 Top Hospitals, taken by U.S. physicians.

Medscape asked more than 8,500 doctors for their professional opinion of where they would want to be treated or where they would send a family member for treatment of a complex or difficult condition, assuming there were no barriers to treatment at that preferred hospital.

Some of the most important factors the doctors selected in choosing their top hospitals include having:

  • medically respected physician expertise;
  • a good reputation among colleagues;
  • a specific physician at that hospital;
  • access to leading technology; and
  • low error rates.

When divided by medical specialty in the survey, infectious disease physicians (including HIV or human immunodeficiency virus experts) also chose Emory University Hospital as a top contender for infectious diseases treatment and care.

"We are pleased to be regarded so highly by our peers in infectious diseases and across medical specialties," says Monica Farley, MD, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. "We have a talented team of physicians and scientists who are truly leading the way in the prevention, treatment and research of many different infectious pathogens." 

Emory’s Division of Infectious Diseases, a division within the Department of Medicine, is renowned for its accomplishments and partnerships around the world, thanks to its expert faculty members. Many of them are known for their leading advances in clinical infectious diseases, including serious communicable diseases and HIV care, as well as in virology and immunology, epidemiology, diagnostics and vaccine development.

In 2014, infectious disease physicians and a host of other medical personnel at Emory University Hospital, successfully cared for the first two patients in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola virus disease. Two subsequent patients with Ebola virus disease were also treated at Emory.

Researchers within the division have accrued more than $40 million in research funding per year, leading all of the divisions in Emory’s Department of Medicine.

"The combined wealth of knowledge, expertise in clinical care and significant research contributions by our infectious diseases team means our patients are getting world class care at Emory," says Bryce Gartland, MD, CEO of Emory University Hospital. "We congratulate our infectious disease physicians on this recognition."

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