Bay Area grad schools among nation's top 10 

UC San Francisco and Stanford University both ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s top 10 graduate schools in the United States, according to a report for 2008 released today.

UCSF’s medical school is considered fifth best in the nation, behind programs at Washington University in St. Louis, Ill., the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.

Stanford was the only school in the nation to place in all five graduate-school categories. It was ranked second among business, education, engineering and law schools, and seventh among medical schools.

"We are proud to be once again recognized as one of the top medical schools in the country," according to David Kessler, M.D., UCSF vice chancellor of medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

UCSF’s School of Medicine was recognized both for its graduate training and its primary care training, and the university’s school of nursing ranked for the first time since 2003, said Wallace Ravven, manager of research communications for UCSF.

In recent years, the university has made a name for itself as a major hub of stem cell research. UCSF received a hefty chunk of a $3 billion California Institute for Regenerative Medicine grant in 2006, which will pay for research into breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart development and other areas.

Many Stanford officials refused to comment on the annual ranking, despite Stanford’s unique placement among distinguished schools.

"We don’t believe there is a No. 1 or No. 2 business school," said Dan Rudolph, senior associate dean at the Stanford School of Business. "The important thing is that prospective students find the right match for them as individuals — by talking to faculty, alumni and current students at the institutions they are interested in."

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