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UCI Health, one of America’s 'Best Cancer Hospitals'

June 28, 2023
outside shot of the uci health choa family comprehensive cancer center at dusk
The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center offers one of the
region's largest early phase cancer clinical trials programs.

UCI Health has been recognized as one of America’s best cancer hospitals by Newsweek in its inaugural rankings of the specialty, highlighting the academic health system’s commitment to exceptional cancer care.

"Being named one of America's best cancer hospitals is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team of physicians, nurses and support teams who continue to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to providing outstanding cancer care for our patients and community,” said UCI Health CEO Chad T. Lefteris.

“A comprehensive, team-based approach to cancer treatment, along with our focus on personalized care and leading-edge research, has enabled us to stand out as a leader in cancer care. This recognition further reflects our reputation as a premier healthcare provider and our commitment to continue striving for excellence in cancer treatment and patient care.”

A leader in cancer care

Newsweek America's Best Cancer Hospitals 2023 badge The UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 53 centers designated as comprehensive by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the only one based in Orange County. The cancer center offers one of the region’s largest early phase cancer clinical trials programs.


The NCI designation affirms the cancer center team’s expertise in translating breakthrough scientific findings into clinical treatments. It also underscores the center's commitment to prevention research as well as community outreach and education.

The cancer center is home to the county’s only adult hematopoietic stem-cell transplant program, which allows many patients to receive this lifesaving treatment near home. The program received national accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), an achievement that took just two years. It also has been named a CalOptima Center of Excellence.

UCI Health has consistently been recognized as one of the nation's top hospitals for cancer services and ranked No. 46 by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-23. It is also a designated Blue Distinction® Center for Complex and Rare Cancers for offering comprehensive adult care delivered by expert teams with advanced training for such cancers.

The Newsweek rankings are based on:

  • A nationwide online survey of healthcare professionals and hospital managers with oncology knowledge
  • Hospital quality metrics with a focus on indicators relevant to oncology care
  • Patient survey results

Only hospitals that met the minimum thresholds for all three data sources were eligible for the analysis.

In 2024, UCI Health will more than triple the treatment space available for cancer care when it opens the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care facility at the UCI Health — Irvine medical campus.

UCI Health is the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine, and the only academic health system in Orange County. Patients can access UCI Health at primary and specialty care offices across Orange County and at its main campus, UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif. The 459-bed, acute care hospital, listed among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 22 consecutive years, provides tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation services. UCI Medical Center is home to Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, high-risk perinatal/neonatal program and American College of Surgeons-verified Level I adult and Level II pediatric trauma center and regional burn center. UCI Health serves a region of nearly 4 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County and southeast Los Angeles County. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.