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Roswell Park ranked 43rd nationally for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is rated No. 43 nationally for cancer care in the 2015-16 U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best hospitals.

Roswell Park rose by seven places from the 2014-15 list of top cancer hospitals and is the only Buffalo-area hospital ranked for a specialty by U.S. News this year.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranked No. 1 out of 902 hospitals providing cancer care. Four other hospitals in the state, all located in New York City, made the Top 50 for cancer care in the latest ranking: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (No. 2), New York-Presbyterian Hospital (No. 20), NYU Langone Medical Center (No. 41) and Mount Sinai Hospital (No. 49).

Roswell Park has seen its U.S. News ranking fluctuate over the last two decades, rising as high as No. 5 in 1994 but falling out of the Top 50 in 2004 and 2006.

U.S. News’ methodology for the hospital rankings relies on factors such as patient survival rates, the number of Medicare patients, the nurse staffing levels and a reputation survey of physicians. Experts advise patients to use the list only as a starting point to make health care choices.

“Cancer care is more complex today than it’s ever been, and we’re gratified to know that we continue to perform well across a number of quality measures, both in our own self-assessments and in valuations by outside groups like U.S. News & World Report,” Candace S. Johnson, Roswell Park’s president and CEO, said in a statement.