Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan, has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as the ninth best among 50 medical centers in 21 countries, moving up a notch from its 2019 ranking as 10th best.

The tertiary referral hospital, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, includes centers for nearly all medical divisions and specialties. The largest medical center in the Middle East, Sheba has more than 9,100 employees serving about 1.6 million patients every year.

“If you were asked to name the world’s best hospitals, you might well have mentioned the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General and the University Hospital, Zurich. You might not have thought of the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm or Singapore General,” writes Newsweek Global Editor-in-Chief Nancy Cooper.

“But the researchers and experts who help build this authoritative list are keenly aware of what’s going on in hospitals around the globe, and they can, with confidence, identify the ones that set the standard for excellent care.”

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota led the Newsweek rankings for the second year, followed by Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center came in at No. 34.

The rankings are based on recommendations from medical professionals, results from patient surveys and key medical performance indicators.