Welcome Message from Dr. Agrawal

The mission of the pediatric residency program at Children's National is to provide world-class education and training to pediatric residents in a nurturing environment to improve child health from a local, regional, national, and global perspective through clinical care, education, advocacy, and research.

Like most large residency programs based at free-standing children's hospitals, our program provides residents with extensive training in pediatric subspecialty care, as well as providing a superb foundation in general pediatrics. However, Children’s National has many distinctive features which contribute to our reputation as one of the leaders for the care of children and training in pediatrics.

One of the important attributes distinguishing Children’s National is our patient population. Washington, DC, is a city with a pluralism of cultures, and this is reflected in our patient population. Children's National provides care for children whose families go back many generations in the District, as well as families who come from around the country and the globe. Exposure to patients and their families in this multicultural environment aids in the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that our residents use as the foundation for excellent care in any future pediatric career setting. Because of this we have become a program committed to both global health and community health.

Being in the nation's capital, we take advantage of our location to provide educational experiences for residents in both the federal government and agencies dedicated to children’s healthcare at national and local public health levels. Our residents can choose to participate in health policy initiatives though a partnership with the George Washington University School of Public Health. Annually, residents participate in AAP Advocacy Day through the Washington federal affairs office of the American Academy of Pediatrics where they meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation impacting the health of children. In conjunction with our Office of Government Affairs and Child Health Advocacy Institute, our physicians are instrumental in formulating important city-wide, regional, and national initiatives that improve healthcare beyond our own doorstep.

Residents are encouraged to participate in our innovative Robert H. Parrott REACH program. This program funds second and third year residents with one half-day per week of protected time to work on projects in Research, Education and Advocacy in Child Healthcare. Residents are mentored through this experience by clinical faculty and faculty from Children’s Research Institute, offering an immense selection of projects for interested residents to explore. Every year, our residents publish the fruits of their work in peer-reviewed journals and present their projects at national meetings, including the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting.

The three major 3-year tracks in our program offer a chance for training in an environment best suited to individual interests. All three tracks have 24 months of pediatric training in common, ensuring that graduates are indistinguishable in their ability to provide excellent general pediatric care and are equally qualified to pursue a subspecialty career if they so choose after residency. The Primary Care and Community Health Tracks provide a small learning home within the larger home of Children’s National. Our Primary Care Track residents spend 10 months at the Foggy Bottom Children’s Pediatricians & Associates practice where they become an integral part of a primary care practice. The Community Health Track focuses on health disparities and the development of skills in health policy, advocacy, and community healthcare delivery. Opportunities housed in each of the tracks are available to all residents, and residents who develop expertise in one track often share this expertise with their peers in other tracks. In doing so, we have found that having three tracks strengthens the program as a whole.

Despite the size and diversity of our program, we remain focused on the growth and development of each individual resident. Special attention is given to assisting residents in acquiring problem-solving competency, improving technical expertise, and developing skills in leadership and teaching. Our annual two-day intern retreat facilitates cohesiveness within the intern class, and this camaraderie extends into the senior years. In 2002, Children’s National began a Master Teacher Leadership Development Program. Today, more than 50 of our faculty have gone through the program, which includes a minimum of 18 hours of graduate-level coursework at the George Washington University School of Education. The Master Teachers at Children’s National are integrated into our residency program, greatly enhancing the educational experience of each of our residents. Additionally, we have a well-developed advisor system that pairs skilled faculty mentors with residents to help guide them through their training and support them on their chosen career paths.

Our program continues to grow, both in size and academic stature. Each year, Children’s National is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. In 2013, we received over 2,400 applications for our 40 intern spots. Yearly, we receive applications from more than half of all seniors at US medical schools interested in pediatric residency training. At Children’s National, you will be surrounded by first-class residents while receiving world-class pediatric education and training.

Successful applicants to our program seek to extend themselves beyond just the nuts and bolts of medical management. Residents in our program develop excellent teaching skills, interpersonal, and communication skills, and have opportunities to participate in research, quality improvement, child advocacy, and health policy initiatives. Graduates of our program are not only outstanding pediatricians, but find they have the foundation to become leaders in their communities, whether in general practice, academic medicine, subspecialty care, or health policy.

I hope that you will strongly consider sending us an application, and I look forward to meeting you during your visit here.


Dewesh Agrawal, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Children’s National Health System
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Message from Dr. Batshaw

Message from Dr. Batshaw

My first piece of advice to newcomers is “do not worry.” You have already made the right decision in choosing Pediatrics. From my personal experience, it has been wonderful to spend my days caring for our most valuable resource, our children. My second piece of advice is that as you go through the application process and visit residency programs, enjoy the experience. There are so many excellent programs, you are likely to have a wonderful experience whichever one you choose. Of course, I hope that you will consider Children's National Health System for your pediatric residency program, and would like to share some of the features that distinguish Children’s National as one of the top residency programs in the country.

When choosing a residency, ideally you will want a program that will give you a breadth of inpatient and outpatient experiences to prepare you for most eventualities. Children’s National boasts a seven-story state-of-the-art clinical tower that provides a superb setting for your inpatient experience. We serve as the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and are the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. We are also committed to our regional population, which includes providing general pediatrics and specialty services in satellite centers throughout the area. This means our residents are exposed to a variety of pathology, including the rarest of diseases. For those of you who will choose general pediatric practice, this will not only provide you with a broad base of knowledge and experience, but will also give you the opportunity to learn skills as a social worker, a psychologist, a rehabilitation therapist, and more. Others of you will want to go into subspecialty practice and will be able to use your training as a base to focus in detail on one particular area through fellowship training. In addition, many of you will use the opportunities and resources in our REACH program and Children’s Research Institute to start an academic career in clinical or translational research. Our program can help you reach your goals in each and every area you choose.

Our Community Health Track will appeal to those of you with interests in community pediatrics, health policy and advocacy. Through the Children's Health Advocacy Institute, residents in this track can choose not only to participate in the ongoing research protocols examining disparity of health care delivery to children in Washington, DC, but also to assist in advocacy efforts at the clinical, community, legislative and national levels in their future careers.

If you choose to come to Children’s National, I will have the opportunity of precepting you in our Developmental Pediatrics rotation, my area of clinical expertise. And when you choose a resident elective, I hope you will consider working with me on developing novel therapies for genetic diseases of childhood. I am just one of 450 faculty members ready to share their knowledge with you.

At Children’s National, you will be taught by some of the finest pediatric educators in the country, many of whom have participated in our Master Teachers leadership training program. Our faculty makes education a priority, and we continually strive to find ways to improve our residency education curriculum.

If you choose to come to Children’s National, you will have a breadth of clinical experiences, be taught by experts in the field, make lifelong friends, and have an exciting and productive experience which you will remember as one of the most important and formative times of your lives. You may well come as an “undifferentiated lymphocyte.” But while you are here, you will have the opportunity to taste different career paths and begin your differentiation. I hope to meet you when you come to visit, and I wish you the best, whichever path you choose.


Mark L. Batshaw, MD
Chief Academic Officer, Children’s National Health System
Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Research Institute
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Message from Current Chief Residents

Message from Current Chief Residents

Welcome to Children’s National! We are so excited to meet you and show you all our program has to offer!

Our residency program's strength is founded in our residents. We offer amazing training opportunities for future pediatricians including our three unique residency tracks including categorical, community health, and primary care. Additionally, our individualized pathways allow residents to take full advantage of elective opportunities in specialized areas, enabling you to tailor your residency experience to your interests and personal goals. Our location in our Nation's Capital provides a wealth of health policy and child advocacy resources at your fingertips.

Children's National residents take full advantage of the fun activities available here in DC and form a close knit community. We have a great experience outside of the hospital from our weekly happy hours to watching the Nats play baseball to enjoying picnics at the sculpture gardens on the National Mall!

As you take this next step, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. We look forward to meeting you all!


Nina Niamkey, Michael Ortiz, Kristen Reese, & Heidi Schumacher
Chief Residents 2013-2014
Children’s National Health System

Chief Residents

Message from Future Chief Residents

Message from Future Chief Residents

Welcome to Children's National. Thanks so much for taking an interest in our program!

As a resident at Children's National, you have the opportunity to obtain a unique training experience through our three residency tracks, including categorical, community health, and primary care. Residents are able to tailor their three year experience to their specific areas of interest, by taking advantage of the 50+specialty and sub-specialty clinics. Additionally, by practicing medicine in the heart of the nation's capitol, you will be exposed to a diverse patient population and will be able to incorporate advocacy, health policy, and global health into the medical care you provide.

The best part of being a resident at Children's National is THE RESIDENTS! We are a close knit family who spend much time together outside the hospital taking advantage of all of DC's happy hours, sporting events, museums, and more!

Please email us with any questions, and let us know how we can help as you take this next step!

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Justin Azar, Claire Boogaard, Binny Chokshi, and Mary Lauren Neel
2014-2015 Chief Residents

Residency Leadership

Residency Leadership

Dewesh Agrawal, MD
Program Director

Sandra S. Cuzzi, MD
Associate Program Director
Director of Medical Education
Holy Cross Hospital

Aisha B. Davis, MD
Associate Program Director
Hospitalist Division

Cara B. Lichtenstein, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director
Community Health Track

Edward Sepe, MD
Associate Program Director
Primary Care Track

An Massaro, MD
Assistant Program Director
Director of Residency Research

Marceé J. White, MD
Assistant Program Director
Community Health Track

Janet M. Barbour
Program Coordinator

Lisa Mercado-Foster
Staff Assistant

Channell E. Freeman
Senior Administrative Assistant