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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area.  His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM.   His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.

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Aug 2, 2019



The annual hospital academy awards are out!  The magazine US News & World Report has just released its picks for best overall hospitals.  They base their selections by analyzing public data from almost 5,000 US hospitals that covers treatment success rates, breadth of specialized services available, patient safety, patient and family satisfaction scores, and scores on surveys from more than 30,000 US physicians.


Here are the top 20:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Minnesota
  2. Mass. General Hospital, Boston
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  4. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
  5. New York Presbyterian-Columbia/Cornell, New York City
  6. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  7. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
  8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  9. NYU Medical Center, New York City
  10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  11. University of Michigan Hospitals, Michigan
  12. Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
  13. Brigham & Women’s, Boston
  14. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
  15. UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh
  16. USC Hospital, Los Angeles
  17. University of Wisconsin Medical Center, Madison
  18. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia tied with
  19. 18 Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
  20. Houston Methodist  Hospital, Houston tied with

20. Yale-New Haven Hospital, Connecticut


These are the best general hospitals in the country. If you have a significant medical problem, you should get yourself to one of these or to one of their associated specialty hospitals.


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