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Best Specialty Hospitals in the Country

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HIV/AIDS
Center for Special Studies
New York City
A part of New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, the Center for Special Studies provides specialized care to meet a wide range of needs, including 
spiritual, emotional and social, for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, CSS established the Starfish Project, a collaborative program that provides training, education, support and medications to two hospitals in Nigeria.
 
Plastic Surgery
The Johns Hopkins Center for Facial 
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
and the Wilmer Eye Institute
Baltimore
The Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery performs cosmetic procedures, including botox and major and minor surgical enhancements. Kofi Boahene, M.D., world renown for his work with ethnic skin, helps patients create the look they want. The Wilmer Eye Institute is ranked one of the premier eye care centers in the nation and is a leader in laser vision correction.
 
Breast Cancer
The Nellie B. Connally Breast Center
Houston
The center is one of the largest in the country and offers comprehensive treatment for all forms and stages of breast cancer, as well as surgical reconstruction options. One of the key initiatives is the Young Breast Cancer 
Survivors' Program, which caters to women younger than 45, including those who are pregnant.
 
Reproductive Health
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston
The hospital is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and has been recognized as 
a world leader in both routine and complex obstetrics/gynecological care, as well as gender-specific health maintenance. It has extensive outpatient services and clinics equipped with state of the art diagnostic and treatment technologies.

For a list of the top 15 hospitals in the country, pick up a copy of the February/March 2009 issue of Heart & Soul.

--Kennedy Spencer

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