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Numbers Matter

How do we measure the quality and impact of our academic scholarship? Funding is a standard, objective measure of program excellence because it is secured through a competitive process. It is also a direct reflection of the strength of our research enterprise. We are proud of our rankings, but our sights are set much higher as we relentlessly pursue excellence in research, education and patient care.

Research Productivity

The research productivity of our faculty is exceptional and among the best in the country, and the School of Medicine remains among the fastest growing research enterprises in the country. Total grants and contracts to the school of Medicine were $429.9 million in FY12.

Among all medical schools, we rank the 8th most productive in terms of direct expenditures per principal investigator (AAMC). Our principal investigators exceeded the mean by more than $200,000! This exceptional productivity helped to move us up in AAMC’s overall profile.

Expenditure per Clinical Investigator (AAMC)

Grants and Contracts

AAMC Research Profile

Direct Grants and Contract Expenditures

The Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) collects data for all medical schools across the nation in order to create objective profiles based on their total grants and contracts and direct expenditures.

  • In 2012, we rose to 6th among the 76 public medical schools nationwide, keeping us in the top 10 percent.
  • Among all medical schools, the School of Medicine ranks 16th (up from 17th last year).
  • Total grants and contracts to the School of Medicine were $429.9 million in FY12 - a 3.4% increase when PEPFAR accounting is considered.

National Institutes of Health Awards

In total NIH funding, the School of Medicine ranks 13th among all public schools of medicine.

2012 $140,078,759 13 30
2011 $141,617,570 13 30
2010 $137,349,997 14 32
2009 $135,600,249 14 30
2008 $131,814,798 15 32
2007 $129,282,327 15 32
2006 $148,670,723 12 26

6th out of 76*

2011 Total Grants and Contracts Direct Expenditures Public Schools, All Regions

1 / UWASH $784,611,376
2 / UCSF $756,068,277
3 / UCLA-Geffen $571,385,780
4 / UCSD $405,171,492
5 / Colorado $352,590,697
6 / Maryland $352,068,835
7 / Michigan $344,089,855
8 / North Carolina $304,765,886
9 / Alabama $255,373,364
10 / Oregon $247,597,325

16th out of 138*

2011 Total Grants and Contracts Direct Expenditures Public Schools, All Regions

1 / Harvard $2,083,479,003
2 / U Washington $784,611,376
3 / UC San Francisco $756,068,277
4 / Duke $617,933,462
5 / Pennsylvania-Perelman $602,168,184
6 / UCLA-Geffen $571,385,780
7 / Columbia $566,653,318
8 / Johns Hopkins $545,205,979
9 / Mount Sinai $482,376,272
10 / Pittsburgh $464,971,680
11 / Yale $456,892,188
12 / Wash U-St. Louis $431,572,366
13 / Stanford $431,082,001
14 / UC San Diego $405,171,492
15 / Colorado $352,590,697
16 / Maryland $352,068,835
17 / Michigan $344,809,855
18 / Case Western $336,673,303
19 / Vanderbilt $331,873,871
20 / Baylor $318,823,725

Dean E. Albert Reece

M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

"These rankings demonstrate the power of partnership between the School of Medicine and the Medical System, working together to drive great patient outcomes through the application of research and cutting-edge science. All physicians at the Medical Center are full-time faculty members in the School of Medicine."

Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research reports grant awards only (no contracts or cooperative agreements) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including awards on a per capita basis and by discipline.

  • The University of Maryland ranks 15th with per-capita awards of $154,783.
  • The University of Maryland ranks 31st in total NIH awards with $140,078,759.
  • Since 2001, the School of Medicine has moved up from 36th to 31st.

Outstanding Blue Ridge rankings for the University of Maryland School of Medicine include:

  • Public Health: 2nd
  • Physiology: 7th
  • Neurosurgery: 11th
  • Psychiatry: 22nd
  • Surgery: 23rd
  • Anesthesiology: 23rd
  • Family Medicine: 25th
  • Internal Medicine: 25th

U.S. News and World Report Best Medical Schools Rankings


  • In the U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the best medical schools, the University of Maryland School of Medicine is among the top 15 public medical schools listed. The School of Medicine Ranks 37th among all medical schools.
  • The school of Medicine ranks in top 1/3rd in Research among all accredited medical schools ranked by U.S .News and World Report.

Clinical Care

Thanks to the outstanding skill and compassion of our clinical faculty, nurses and staff, the University of Maryland Medical Center has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the nation’s top 50 best hospitals in nine specialties.

  • Cancer jumped to #11th from #22nd last year
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery moved up four spots to #27th from #31st last year
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology moved up to #11th from #29th last year
  • Ear, Nose & Throat moved to #24th from #38th last year
  • Gynecology #49th
  • Nephrology (called Kidney Disorders in 2011) surged to #9th from #27th last year
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery #48th
  • Pulmonary went to #26th from #20th
  • Urology leapt to #15th from #44th last year

We are also noted as high-performing in Gastroenterology, Geriatrics and Orthopedics.

Exemplary Performance in Quality of Care and Patient Safety

Leapfrog Group

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) ranks among the nation's top hospitals for the seventh year in a row, according to the annual Leapfrog Group survey, an analysis of patient safety and quality performance measures from nearly 1,200 hospitals. UMMC is one of only two hospitals in the country -- and the only hospital on the East Coast -- to make the list every year since its inception in 2006. The Leapfrog Group's annual hospital survey measures hospitals' performance on a number of key patient safety and quality outcomes, and hospitals must meet Leapfrog's stringent criteria including standards focusing on core areas of hospital care, such as Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE).

Baltimore Magazine

Record Number of UM Physicians Named Baltimore Magazine "Top Doctors".

An all-time high 98 University of Maryland doctors, all members of the UM School of Medicine faculty, are recognized as "Top Doctors" Baltimore Magazine. These doctors are listed below by specialty. The results are based on a Baltimore Magazine survey of nearly 10,000 physicians in the Baltimore area, including Baltimore City and the surrounding seven counties, asking where they would send a member of their family in dozens of specialties. The University of Maryland Medical Center has more doctors on the list than any other hospital.
Click here to see the long list of School of Medicine faculty who are recognized as "Top Doctors."

More than 100 School of Medicine faculty physicians were selected by their peers as Super Doctors® in the Baltimore-Washington area. Thousands of doctors in our area received Super Doctors surveys last spring asking for nominations in 42 specialties. The Super Doctors research team then evaluated each nominee using a strict set of established indicators, including peer recognition and professional achievement. After the extensive nomination and research process, conducted by Key Professional Media, Inc., the results appeared Super Doctors 2012, a special advertising section in the October 28, 2012 issue of The Washington Post Magazine.