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School of Medicine Rankings

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks 16th 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 2020 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine also ranks 10th with its internal medicine specialty. Entering the rankings this year were Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry. Read more.

Ranked programs include:

  • Surgery, 13th
  • Radiology, 15th
  • Anesthesiology, 16th
  • Psychiatry, 19th
  • Pediatrics, 16th (tie)
  • Medical Schools-Primary Care, 23rd (tie)

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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, call (404) 679-4500, or visit for questions about the accreditation of Vanderbilt University.

Please contact the commission only in relation to Vanderbilt’s noncompliance with accreditation requirements. Normal inquiries about admission requirements, educational programs, and financial aid should be directed to the university.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) degree programs are accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA).

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.