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School of Medicine Rankings

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks 14th among the nation’s elite programs, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of top medical schools for research, released in the 2018 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine also ranks 27th in the top medical schools for primary care. Read more.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks No. 8 in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The new ranking raises VUSM’s standing two spots from the No. 10 position it held last year.

Among VUSM’s basic science departments, Biochemistry ranks third; Cell and Developmental Biology, first; Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, third; and Pharmacology, sixth. Six clinical departments ranked among the top 10, including: Internal Medicine, third; Ophthalmology, ninth; Otolaryngology and Hearing & Speech Sciences, sixth; Pediatrics, fourth; Radiology & Radiologic Sciences, eighth; and Surgery, eighth. Read more.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Rankings

In the most recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report, nine pediatric specialties in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt were nationally ranked: Cancer (18); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (19); Diabetes and Endocrinology (31); Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (22); Neonatology (26); Nephrology (30); Neurology and Neurosurgery (12); Pulmonology (17); Urology (4). Read more.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among the nation’s 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its innovative efforts in medical technology, according to the 2016 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study, conducted by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. Read more.

Beckers Hospital Review listed Vanderbilt University Medical Center on its list of 100 Great Hospitals of 2016. Read more.


The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Brief History

Vanderbilt University issued it first diplomas to 61 Doctors of Medicine in 1875, thanks to an arrangement that recognized the University of Nashville's medical school as serving both institutions. After reorganization under the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 1895, admission requirements were raised, the course was lengthened, and the system of instruction was changed to include laboratory work in the basic sciences. Read more on the history of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.