Massey rated the top cancer center in Virginia by U.S. News

US_News_Best_Hospitals_Cancer.jpgAs reported in the July issue, U.S. News & World Report rated Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center the top hospital in Virginia providing high-performing cancer care in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list.

Ranked the No.1 hospital overall at the top of all 127 Virginia and 21 Richmond metropolitan hospitals is VCU Medical Center, which includes Massey’s oncology patient care.

VCU Medical Center is the only hospital in the state with four nationally-ranked specialties in the top 50 – nephrology, pulmonology, orthopaedic surgery and urology – and nine other high-performing specialties, including cancer care at Massey.

“VCU Massey Cancer Center is pleased to be recognized for its state-of-the-art, compassionate cancer care,” said Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. “We are committed to discovering new and better cancer treatments that save and improve the lives of individuals with cancer.”

This year’s Best Hospitals ranking showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rankings are based upon many factors, including reputation, patient survival, patient safety and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

The hospital rankings are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care. They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases,” said Comarow.

Sheldon M. Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H.,CEO of the VCU Health System and vice president for VCU Health Sciences, said the No. 1 ranking in the Commonwealth “is a fantastic endorsement of our commitment to excellence in patient care.” He added that it also reflects “our goal of bringing the latest and best therapies, treatments and cures to our patients and to the community.”

The VCU Medical Center ranked as high-performing in:
•    Cancer
•    Cardiology & Heart Surgery
•    Diabetes & Endocrinology
•    Ear, Nose & Throat
•    Gastroenterology
•    Geriatrics
•    Gynecology
•    Neurology & Neurosurgery
•    Rehabilitation

The complete rankings are available online at

4 thoughts on “Massey rated the top cancer center in Virginia by U.S. News

  1. My father was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, we got a referal, to your center to be seen but was told there were no Vacancies. If your center is unable to see him do you have any suggestions on where else we can take him in Virginia .

    • David,

      I am sorry to hear about your father’s diagnosis. As this is a private matter, we will be in touch with you via email to talk with you further about treatment options.

      Take good care,
      VCU Massey Cancer Center

  2. My mother has pancreatic cancer. Could you send me some info on procedures you use to fight this form of cancer. I would like to know more on this type of cancer and what can be done to extend life if it is advanced staged. Testimonials too,anything you have.

    • Hi Ronald,

      I am sorry to hear about your mother. This page offers information about Massey’s treatment options for gastrointestinal cancers, which include pancreatic cancer: For general information about pancreatic cancer, we recommend that you visit: If you would like to see one of our pancreatic cancer specialists for a consultation or second opinion, please call the appointment number at 877-462-7739 or make an appointment online at Also, pancreatic cancer survivor Connie Madison shared her testimonial with us at

      We can also recommend checking out the national support group for pancreatic cancer called PALS (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Survivor and Caregiver Network). They can be reached at (877) 272-6226.

      If we can be of further assistance, please let us know. We wish all the best for your mother.

      Take good care,
      VCU Massey Cancer Center

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