St. Louis has long been a national leader in both health care and medical/life sciences research.  And despite the upheavals in both of those fields, the future here looks bright in both.

The community’s combination of assets in healthcare and research are unmatched in the interior of the United States.  Not even in Chicago can one find what St. Louis has to offer -- both top-ranking medical schools and top-ranking hospitals. That means that between the East and West coasts, St. Louis provides unmatched access to state-of-the-art medical care provided at top-ranked facilities. It’s also affordable.

Some of the region’s top assets in medicine include:

  • Washington University School of Medicine, routinely ranked among the top medical schools in the United States.
  • Washington University’s affiliated teaching hospitals -- Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the region’s largest, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital -- both of which are also ranked among the best in the country.
  • The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, the only cancer center in Missouri to be designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute
  • St. Louis University School of Medicine, a pioneer in geriatric medicine, chronic disease prevention, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation, neurosciences and vaccine research among other fields, with two teaching hospital affiliations of its own, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and St. Louis University Hospital.
  • SSM Health Care, a Catholic, not-for-profit health system with an international reputation as a pioneer in the use of quality measures to improve care. SSM, which is based in St. Louis and operates seven hospitals in the area, was the first health care organization to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest award for quality.
  • Mercy Hospital, the region’s largest birthing center  and ranked ninth in the country for integrated health care delivery by Modern Healthcare.
  • St. Anthony’s Medical Center, the third largest and one of the last independent hospitals in the region
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center, nationally recognized for excellence in cardiac surgery, cardiac care and stroke care.
  • St. Luke’s Hospital, consistently ranked among the country’s best 50 hospitals by the Healthgrades rating organization
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy, one of the oldest and largest pharmacy schools in the country
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, one of the newest pharmacy schools in the country, which graduated its first class in only 2009
  • Logan College of Chiropractic, one of the nation’s oldest in that field
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry,
  • A wide range of nursing, allied health, and health care technical programs, and
  • The headquarters of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic and largest non-profit health system in the country.

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Few places in America are playing a bigger role in shaping the future of medicine than St. Louis.

The region’s medical institutions draw top talent from the around the globe.  With Washington University School of Medicine leading the way and St. Louis University School of Medicine making its own significant contribution, the region is consistently among the largest recipients of National Institutes for Health (NIH) funding in the country.  

Researchers in St. Louis are at the frontiers of understanding in such fields as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, regenerative biology and genomics, among many other fields. Discoveries that are going to change millions of lives are being made here.