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Top 20 hospitals by total surgeries

The U.S. has thousands of hospitals and health centers across all 50 states. While many of these hospitals specialize in certain types of care, the vast majority perform surgeries of some form each and every day.

Using Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView product, we created a list of U.S. hospitals ranked by the estimated total number of annual surgeries they performed. Total surgery volumes are estimated from the Medicare Standard Analytical Files (SAFs), the hospital’s payor mix, and proprietary research. The figures represent an estimated annual surgical volume for both inpatient and outpatient procedures.

What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures?

The difference between inpatient and outpatient surgeries is that inpatient surgeries are performed in a hospital setting, and patients typically stay there for at least one night after the procedure. Outpatient surgeries, also known as same-day or ambulatory surgeries, may be performed in a surgical center or hospital, but the patient is discharged on the same day.

Hospitals performing the most surgeries

Rank Hospital name State Est # of annual total surgeries Explore dataset
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport - St Mary Medical Center LA 236,873 Explore
NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center NY 134,638 Explore
University Hospital WI 131,547 Explore
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus OH 92,062 Explore
UVA Childrens Hospital VA 80,688 Explore
AdventHealth Orlando  FL 78,363 Explore
IU Health Methodist Hospital IN 75,937 Explore
The Mount Sinai Hospital  NY 71,881 Explore
The Johns Hopkins Hospital MD 67,431 Explore
10 Tisch Hospital NY 64,968 Explore
11 Methodist Hospital TX 64,926 Explore
12 Mercy Hospital Springfield  MO 64,624 Explore
13 UNC Medical Center  NC 61,681 Explore
14 Yale New Haven Hospital CT 59,772 Explore
15 Vanderbilt University Medical Center TN 55,806 Explore
16 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital PA 54,090 Explore
17 University Hospital MI 53,289 Explore
18 Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital  MI 51,839 Explore
19 Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital  MI 51,484 Explore
20 Cox Medical Center South MO 51,464 Explore

Fig 1. Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s HospitalView product. Data is accurate as of December 2023 and is an annual estimate using the Medicare Standard Analytical File (SAF), the payor mix for the facility, and Definitive Healthcare proprietary research.

Which hospitals perform the most surgeries?

The U.S. hospital that performed the most surgeries in 2023 is Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport - St Mary Medical Center, located in Shreveport, Louisiana. This facility is a leading academic medical center affiliated with Louisiana State University, and it performed an estimated 236,873 surgeries in 2023. The facility was also completely renovated with state-of-the-art equipment in 2019 and has since become a popular destination for treatment for patients in many of the southern states.

In second place for hospitals performing the most surgeries is the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center located in New York City. This facility is the largest in the New York-Presbyterian health system and performed an estimated total of 134,638 surgeries in 2023. The facility is one of the country's most well-renowned academic medical centers and tops our national lists for net patient revenue and patient discharges (second place).

Rounding out the top three is the University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. This facility is part of the University of Wisconsin Health Center and, in 2023, performed an estimated 131,547 surgeries. The facility is ranked as the number one hospital in Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report and has several nationally and internationally ranked programs for specialties such as brain and science surgery as well as heart care and organ transplants.

Where are the hospitals with the most total surgeries located?

The hospitals that have performed the most total surgeries are spread out across the country. New York, New York appears most frequently on the list with three hospitals, including the second-place spot. Many of the top facilities are in the Midwest, with three hospitals in Michigan, and one in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio each.

What are the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S.?

In 2022, the most common inpatient surgical procedure was ICD-10 code 02HV33Z. This cardiac procedure involves the insertion of a central catheter that ultimately terminates the patient’s superior vena cava, a large, valveless vein that pumps deoxygenated blood from the upper half of the body and returns it to the right atrium.

Additionally, CPT Code 11042 was the most common outpatient procedure in 2022. This procedure involves the removal of unhealthy or dead tissue surrounding a wound, to give the area the opportunity to heal and reduce the risk of infection.

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