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U.S. News & World Report names WSUPG neurologists, neurosurgeons and pulmonologists No. 1 in Michigan


The Wayne State University Physician Group’s Department of Neurology, Department of Neurosurgery and the Division of Pulmonary Care and Sleep Medicine are the best in Michigan, and among the top-rated in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2013-2014 list. The specialties are based at Harper University Hospital on the campus of the Detroit Medical Center.

Omar Khan, M.D.

This year, the WSUPG departments of neurology and neurosurgery are ranked No. 21 in the nation. This is the highest national ranking the departments have achieved since the U.S. News & World Report ranking system started more than two decades ago. The departments are also the highest ranked among the specialty in the state of Michigan. This is the first time the two departments have achieved this ranking simultaneously while being among the top 25 in the country and the top rated in Michigan.

“The continued recognition of our program is a testament to our dedication and commitment to providing world-class patient care, research and education in neurology and neurosurgery,” said Omar Khan, M.D., chair and professor of neurology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and neurologist-in-chief at the DMC. “I congratulate and thank our staff and hospital partners at the DMC for their invaluable contributions.”

Murali Guthikonda, M.D.

“This honor places us in a unique position in neurosciences and recognizes the efforts of some of the best physicians in the world working at one of the best hospitals in the country,” said Murali Guthikonda, M.D., chair and professor of neurosurgery at the WSU School of Medicine and neurosurgeon-in-chief at the DMC.

In addition, WSUPG’s Division of Pulmonary Care and Sleep Medicine is listed No. 24 in the nation, also making it the highest rated in Michigan in its specialty. This is the fourth consecutive year the specialty has ranked in the top 50 nationwide.

Safwan Badr, M.D., M.B.A.

“This is an indication of the exceptional quality of care our specialists provide and the difference a team approach makes,” said Safwan Badr, M.D., M.B.A., who serves as chief of the WSU School of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. “Our program is successful not simply because of our internationally renowned experts, but rather as a result of collaborative teamwork, hospital-physician partnerships and a focus on patient-centered care.”

The list, now in its 24th year, covers nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and spans 16 medical specialties. U.S. News bases the rankings mostly on objective data on hospital performance, such as patient survival rates, and structural resources, such as nurse staffing levels. Each hospital's reputation, as determined by a survey of physician specialists, also is a factor. The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

For more information or to make an appointment to see a Wayne State University Physician Group specialist, visit www.upgdocs.org or call 877-WSU-DOCS.

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