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Awards & Recognition

  • Brooklyn’s only full-service cancer center fully accredited with perfect scores in all categories. (Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons)
  • Fully accredited Breast Center with Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers & American College of Radiology)
  • New York’s only hospital with significantly low mortality rates in both cardiac surgery and angioplasty. (New York State Department of Health)
  • New York’s only hospital to achieve significantly low mortality rates in all three angioplasty categories. (New York State Department of Health)
  • Maimonides cardiac surgeons achieved mortality rates lower than any Manhattan program. (New York State Department of Health)
  • New York’s only hospital with top-ratings in emergency angioplasty. (New York State Department of Health)
  • Recipient of the highest award of the American Stroke Association for five consecutive years. (American stroke Association)
  • Ranked among the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for heart attack and heart failure 30-day mortality rates. (U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
  • Only Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn. (Children’s Hospital Association)
  • Designated Regional Perinatal Center, accepting transfers of all high-risk pregnancies and newborns. (New York State Department of Health)
  • Brooklyn’s only pediatric trauma center. (New York State Department of Health)
  • Delivers more babies than any other hospital in New York State. (New York State Department of Health)
  • Designated “Most Wired” hospital for advanced information technology. (American Hospital Association)


  • The FIRST cardiac catheterization laboratory in NY State opened here in 1952.
  • FIRST in the nation community mental health center for outpatient psychiatric care, established in 1967 by Act of Congress.
  • Invention and FIRST use of an intra-aortic balloon pump took place at Maimonides in 1967.
  • FIRST successful human heart transplant in the U.S. took place here later in 1967.
  • The NIH-sponsored trial of the FIRST betablocker medication, proving the efficacy of a new class of drugs, was led by Maimonides in 1977.
  • The nation’s FIRST fine-needle aspiration biopsy performed here in 1981, eliminating need for anesthesia and hospitalization.
  • That same year, Maimonides opened the nation’s FIRST “Day Hospital” for outpatient chemotherapy.
  • In 1991, NY State’s FIRST atherectomy to clear a blocked coronary artery took place here.
  • FIRST in the U.S. cardiac catheterization to treat cardiogenic shock and stabilize the patient—now a standard of care—took place here in 1992.
  • Groundbreaking tools for cardiac catheterization were invented and FIRST used at Maimonides in 1992 and 1997.
  • FIRST emergency department in New York City to be fully HAZMAT capable and operational in 1997.
  • New York City’s FIRST and still Brooklyn’s only hybrid operating rooms for multi-disciplinary surgery, offering the most advanced imaging technology with virtual reality software.