Kristin Burns, MD Cardiologist


  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology


Kristin Burns, MD, joined the Children’s National Health System faculty in 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Wellesley College and her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Burns’ clinical interest is general cardiology, and her research focuses on using administrative databases to examine outcomes for children with heart disease. She is a medical officer in the Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH.

At Children’s, Dr. Burns sees patients in the outpatient setting and attends on inpatient and consult services. Before becoming a doctor, she was an educator for adolescents. The field of pediatric cardiology was a way to combine her interest in science with a passion for working with children and families. Dr. Burns has done clinical work on an Apache reservation, in Bolivia, Chile, Kenya, and Uganda, and she is fluent in Spanish. When she’s not practicing medicine, she plays soccer, flag football, and softball in addition to teaching English as a Second Language classes.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MD, 2004
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • BA, 1998
    Wellesley College
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Kristin Burns, MD

Patient story

Alexis's Story

"She likes to show off her scar and tell whoever listens that Children's National fixed her heart."

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Screening for Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young Report from a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Working Group

(2011) Circulation

Cor Triatriatum with Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return A Rare Case of Parallel Obstruction and Successful Staged Treatment

(2011) Pediatric Cardiology

SUDEP Tissue Donation Program Workshop National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Health

(2012) Sudden Unexpected Death in the Young Initiative

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