One of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

Once again, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital among the nation’s best children’s hospitals.

In fact, not only is U-M the only children’s hospital ranked in all ten categories, but Michigan is also ranked higher than every other children’s hospital in the state in every category evaluated.

Check out a few reasons we are ranked among the best:

Nursing Quality

Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals earn the prestigious Magnet status designation, given to organizations that meet rigorous standards for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.  C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital nurses lead innovative quality improvement initiatives, train the next generation of nurses, and provide compassionate, patient-centered care to our Little Victors and their families.

Surgical Expertise

In 2017, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital received verification as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. The ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program was developed to improve the quality of children’s surgical care by creating a system that helps match each child’s individual surgical needs with the best care environment. With this designation, Michigan became one of the first level 1 children’s surgical centers in the nation.

Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 15th in the nation

U-M pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have deep experience treating even the most complex heart conditions, some of which only a small number of hospitals around the country are able to surgically repair.  Our procedural results consistently meet or surpass national averages.

Our children’s heart specialists lead nationwide quality improvement endeavors to improve how kids recover and fare long term after heart surgery.  Quality improvement initiatives led by U-M are forging collaboration across numerous heart centers across the nation and the world to share best practices and improve long term outcomes for children with congenital heart disease worldwide.

Parents have advisory roles on major committees and care improvement endeavors, to advocate for the patient and family perspective and help us consistently improve the quality of our care.

Learn more about the Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Urology

Ranked 1st in the Michigan and 18th in the nation

From routine, simple procedures to rare and complex conditions, U-M pediatric urologists offer innovative, evidence-based treatment and a unique level of support and resources for children and families who travel from all over the U.S. for care at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

U-M pediatric urologists offer expertise in minimally invasive procedures for a range of urologic conditions.  Members of our team provide specialized care as part of U-M’s Disorders of Sex Development program.  In addition, our pediatric urologists provide fetal diagnosis, consultation and management of prenatal care as part of U-M’s comprehensive Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center.

Learn more about pediatric urology at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Nephrology

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 19th in the nation

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is home to the largest pediatric nephrology team in Michigan.  U-M’s continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) program for children with acute kidney failure is one of the most experienced in the country.

Our pediatric kidney transplant program reports post-transplant graft and patient survival rates that rank among the world's best.

Mott nephrologists are leaders in research in a number of areas including acute kidney injury and genetic indicators for nephrotic syndrome. 

Learn more about pediatric nephrology at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Neonatology

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 21st in the nation

Infants cared for in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) receive technologically-advanced, specialized care from nationally-recognized neonatologists. Approximately 20 percent of our patients are transported to the NICU from other regional Level 3 NICU’s for the sophisticated level of care available at U-M.

Our newborn care teams have a deep level of expertise with advanced equipment and therapies designed for the care of infants with complex or unusually severe problems that challenge the resources of other centers, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), high-frequency ventilation and therapeutic hypothermia.

The NICU maintains a ratio of one nurse to two patients. Infants in the NICU receive expert care from board-certified neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists, many of whom are respected internationally as authorities on neonatal therapies. Members of our team routinely participate in and lead cutting edge clinical research to identify opportunities to improve care at newborn intensive care units across the country.

Learn more about the newborn intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Orthopedics

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 21st in the nation

U-M pediatric orthopedic surgeons specialize in all aspects of musculoskeletal care for infants, children and adolescents.  This expertise includes diagnosis as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment for a wide range of problems such as skeletal deformities, musculoskeletal diseases, and traumatic injuries.

Our multidisciplinary osteogenesis imperfecta clinic has become a destination for patients OI, including offering peer and family support opportunities.

U-M implanted the first VEPTR device for treatment of congenital scoliosis in the state of Michigan in 2006, and is still among the largest VEPTR programs in the country.

Our orthopedic surgeons offer expertise in the most advanced treatment options for patients with spinal conditions, including minimally invasive surgical techniques and computerized, intraoperative navigation for scoliosis.

Learn more about the pediatric orthopedic surgery program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Cancer

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 22nd in the nation

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cancer specialists offer special expertise in caring for children with relapsed and resistant cancers.   U-M is home to the largest pipeline of Phase 1 clinical trials in the state, with both Michigan-led and multi-site clinical trial offerings.

In addition, University of Michigan has developed one of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated gene sequencing programs, allowing for customization of treatment plans based on each child’s own genetic cancer profile.

Our pediatric oncologists are committed to a multidisciplinary and seamlessly coordinated approach to care, with collaboration across multiple disciplines through a single clinical home.  Innovative programs like the Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center, our Solid Tumor Oncology Program and our pediatric brain tumor precision medicine meeting ensure that each patient benefits from the expertise of teams of dozens of specialists, consulting and advising on the care of each patient.

Learn more about childhood cancer care at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Pulmonology

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 25th in the nation

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s team of 12 pediatric pulmonologists is the largest in Michigan, offering expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of common breathing disorders as well as rare pulmonary conditions.

The U-M cystic fibrosis program is the largest program of its kind in the state, accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with leadership in numerous research studies investigating emerging therapies.

In addition to our comprehensive asthma clinic, we also offer a specialized Children's Asthma Wellness Program, designed for children who have had repeat emergency department visits for asthma, with a focus on supporting the patient’s family and the primary care provider in managing the child’s asthma in decreasing emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Our ventilator program is the largest in Michigan, and one of the largest in the country.  U-M also offers special expertise in caring for rare respiratory disorders including primary ciliary dyskinesia and interstitial lung disease.

Learn more about pediatric pulmonology at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 26th in the nation

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 Certified Epilepsy Center, the highest certification available from the NAEC, certifying that U-M provides the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatments for children with complex epilepsy.

Our neurosurgeons were the first in Michigan to offer fetal surgery for unborn infants with spina bifida, as part of the renowned U-M Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center.

Mott offers state-of-the-art intraoperative MRI technology – the only facility in the State of Michigan with the capability to perform MRI scanning in the operating room without moving the patient into a separate scanner – providing ultra-detailed surgical visualization and further enhancing the precision of our experienced neurosurgical team.

U-M is emerging as a leader in the care for and research into better treatments for pediatric brain tumors, with specialized expertise in DIPG in particular. Our pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons also offer advanced, multidisciplinary care for a full range of neurological conditions including brachial plexus, cerebral palsy, chronic headaches, movement disorders and neuromuscular disorders.

Learn more about pediatric neurological care at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 29th in the nation

U-M pediatric gastroenterologists and hepatologists offer a full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options for children with digestive, gastrointestinal and liver disorders.

Our expertise in endoscopic techniques allows us to safely examine a child’s entire digestive tract minimally invasively, and determine potential treatments without open surgery and extensive recovery. U-M’s pediatric liver transplant program is the first and largest liver transplant program in the state. 

Our multidisciplinary inflammatory bowel disease program is a leader in innovative research to improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals with IBD. U-M was a pioneering member of the ImproveCareNow (ICN) Network collaborative, designed to advance care for IBD patients and family through evidence-based quality improvement.  Today, U-M is the 8th largest ICN enrolling site in the world.

Learn more about gastroenterology services at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #1 in Michigan and 39th in the nation

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital diabetes program is one of the largest established programs in Michigan.  U-M faculty and staff collaborate and engage in care improvement activities with patients and caregivers to improve outcomes and quality of life. We are also one of ten centers participating in the T1D Exchange Collaborative Improvement Network, a national learning network focused on improving patient and family outcomes in type 1 diabetes.

Our innovative gender management program, recognized for its commitment to diversity leadership, has become a regional leader in care for transgender and gender non-conforming children and adolescents.  U-M pediatric endocrinologists also offer specialized care for children with abnormal growth disorders and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.  Our multidisciplinary pediatric endocrine surgery program provides unique expertise in complex surgical procedures for endocrine conditions such as thyroid nodules and goiter.

Learn more about metabolism, endocrinology and diabetes services at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Patients and families

We also owe much of our success to the families who volunteer their time and energy to help us continually improve our care and maintain a focus on patient and family centered care.

Learn more about our patient and family centered care programs.


Thank you to all the faculty, staff, partner physicians, families and patients who inspire our work and contribute to our world-class programs.

Call 877-475-MOTT to learn more or request a referral to any of our pediatric specialists.