2021 Facts & Figures

National Rankings

The current NIH rankings show that UCSF Neurology is ranked #1 nationally among departments of neurology at US medical schools. The Department of Neurology has held the top spot for 10 years. This ranking does not take into account the NIH support to our faculty at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center or the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease. As of 2020 (the most recent date for which figures are available), UC San Francisco is the top public recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The UCSF School of Medicine holds the top spot for the 14th consecutive year.

#1 in Neurology

The U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list for 2021-22 has ranked UCSF Medical Center among the nation’s premier medical institutions, marking the 23rd consecutive year that UCSF Health has been listed among the top 10 hospitals. UCSF’s neurology & neurosurgery services are ranked first in the nation among hospitals that offer those services.

In 2021-22, UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine placed in the top two nationally in the U.S. News & World Report survey of best graduate and professional schools. UCSF’s biomedical science PhD programs and the School of Nursing ranked in the top 10.


240 faculty
85 postdoctoral fellows
47 clinical fellows (9 ACGME, 33 non-ACGME, 5 non-MD fellows)
50 residents (9 child neurology, 41 adult neurology)
334 staff

Faculty Memberships in Scientific Societies

American Academy of Arts & Sciences: 5
National Academy of Medicine: 9
National Academy of Sciences: 4
Nobel Laureates: 1

Worthy of Note

The UC San Francisco Department of Neurology has 135 Principal Investigators and nearly 75 clinical trials underway. We see over 60,000 patients annually. Multiple subspecialty clinics have been designated Centers of Excellence including: The UCSF Regional Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, the San Francisco VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence, the UCSF Bachmann Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and the UCSF Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center, an ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence.