Mary T. Donofrio, MD, is a full-time attending in cardiology, Director of the Fetal Heart Program, and Co-director of Echocardiography. Under her leadership, the Children’s National Health System team treats the fetus as an individual patient, and specialized care begins before birth.
With her vision, she expanded the Fetal Heart Program to include the Washington, DC, region’s only First Trimester Fetal Cardiac Imaging Program, where we can detect heart abnormalities in high-risk pregnancies as early as 12 weeks gestation.
Dr. Donofrio specializes in fetal diagnosis and in-utero management of congenital heart disease, first trimester fetal cardiac imaging, fetal echocardiography, pediatric transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, delivery room management and transitional care for complex disease, and complex congenital heart disease management.
She also plays a leadership role in our echocardiography laboratory and serves as director of the Advanced Cardiac Imaging fellowship.
Dr. Donofrio joined the staff at Children’s National after spending nine years at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, directing the echocardiography laboratory. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and performed advanced training in fetal echocardiography at Yale University. Dr. Donofrio is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Society of Echocardiography.
Her research has focused on autoregulation of cerebral blood flow in fetuses with congenital heart disease. She is a national expert in the areas of fetal cardiology, echocardiology, and pediatric cardiology. Dr. Donofrio was on several journal editorial boards, research committees, and has published over 50 papers and abstracts.
Dr. Donofrio is married and has two children. She grew up in Delaware and currently resides in Maryland. Her interests include the theater and music.