Medical/Dental Professionals

Awards and Accolades

BGMC Ranks 1st in Buffalo Metro Area, 16th in New York State for Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

Buffalo General Medical Center has been ranked 1st in the Buffalo Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report for Best Hospitals and 16th in New York State. This ranking is a part of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals section, which was created in 2011 to provide consumers with the top local hospitals based on an overall assessment of their region's hospitals across multiple areas of care.

Of the nearly 250 hospitals in New York State, Buffalo General Medical Center is one of only 30 hospitals that meets the U.S. News’ standards to be included in the Best Regional Hospitals ranking.

“We are extremely proud of the entire Buffalo General Medical Center family,” said Chris Lane, president of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute. "From our talented surgeons and their dedicated operating room teams to the specialized, compassionate nurses at the bedside, everyone here at Buffalo General Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients, many of whom come to us needing very complex care. This tremendous recognition is proof that their commitment is recognized, and deservedly so.” 

To be recognized on this year's Best Regional Hospitals list, a hospital must have been either nationally ranked in one of 12 key specialties or received ratings of high performing in three or more of those specialties or the procedures and conditions. Buffalo General Medical Center was recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 in the adult specialty areas of neurology and neurosurgery.

Buffalo General Medical Center also earned “High Performing” ratings for the following procedures and conditions, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Buffalo General Medical Center is in the top 1% of hospitals nationally to earn a “High Performing” rating.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in its 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

Congratulations to all on this prestigious honor!

Kaleida Health Recognized as LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader

Kaleida Health has once again been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader. The HRC released their 12th annual, “Healthcare Equality Index” report, which scores healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) patients, visitors and employees.

Four pieces of criteria were used to evaluate participants: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and Patient and Community Engagement.

Kaleida Health was one of 406 facilities that earned HRC’s “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation, receiving the maximum score in each section and earning an overall score of 100.

“Kaleida Health advocates that patients deserve respectful and compassionate health care, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,” said Susan Lankenau, civil rights coordinator for Kaleida Health. “Like all patients, LGBTQ individuals need high quality, culturally competent health care from providers who know, respect and understand them. They need providers who know their unique health risks and understand how to provide appropriate referrals and counseling.”

Kaleida Health has received this designation for the past four years and remains committed to providing affirmative, sensitive and informed health care to the LGBTQ community.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2019, or to download a free copy of the report, visit  

About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is education arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

OCH Receives NYSDOH Designation as Specialty Care Center

Oishei Children's Hospital has been designated as a Neuromuscular Disorders Specialty Care Center site as part of the Wadsworth Center's Newborn Screening Program through the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

State health officials conducted a site visit in November 2018 and determined that Oishei Children's Hospital meets all educational and experiential qualifications set by the NYSDOH Wadsworth Center's Newborn Screening Program for the diagnosis and treatment of children with neuromuscular disorders. 

As a Neuromuscular Disorders Specialty Care Center, Oishei Children's Hospital is considered qualified to diagnose and treat a group of disorders screened for in the newborn screening test panel. Newborn screening refers to medical tests performed to identify babies with certain disorders that, without intervention, may permanently affect newborns and their families. Early recognition and treatment of most of these disorders leads to a better outcome for the newborn.

The Neuromuscular Disorders Specialty Care Center at Oishei Children's Hospital, led by Osman Farooq, MD, is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and care team members including neurology, neurosurgery, imaging, rehabilitation medicine, genetics, labs and social work.

This state designation will help further enhance the care we're able to provide our patients and families.