During a routine fetal scan at 20 weeks, doctors discovered a problem in unborn baby Ian’s heart. Our team of pediatric heart experts diagnosed and surgically corrected the congenital defect before Ian’s first birthday. Now Ian is like any other thriving, energetic child, thanks to the outstanding cardiac care he received at Children’s National.
Our pediatric heart surgeons have dedicated their careers to providing excellent heart care to patients with congenital heart defects and other cardiac conditions. We perform twice the number of cardiac surgeries of any other hospital in the region, with some of the best pediatric cardiac surgery outcomes in the nation. See our outcomes.
Our world class team is led by Richard Jonas, MD, a pioneer in complex congenital surgery and early repair. We provide the full range of surgical procedures, including complex reconstructions on newborns. Our approach is to intervene early to correct defects and to avoid palliative procedures, resulting in better outcomes for our little patients.
In addition to our team of internationally renowned heart surgeons and pediatric cardiologists, we provide:
"The world of congenital heart defects is scary, but to know that there are people like those at Children's National to help guide you along the way is very comforting."
Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Washington, DC— Children’s National Health System has been named to the prestigious Honor Roll of the U.S. News & World Report 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals, ranking among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation. The Honor Roll features the "best of the best" hospitals for kids in the country. Additionally, Children’s National is the only pediatric hospital in the entire region of Maryland, DC, and Virginia to earn Honor Roll designation.
Children’s National consistently has some of the best outcomes in the country.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and deliver confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
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Children’s National patients can receive heart surgery at our main campus or imaging and monitoring at our outpatient locations around the Beltway.
The breadth and depth of our team is unmatched in the region and our cardiac surgeons are pioneers and international leaders.
At Children’s National, we know that going to the hospital can be a scary experience for children – and their siblings. This information will help your family understand the process ahead and to talk about cardiac surgery with your children.
Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.
Learn about our programs for families, from our social work and concierge services, to Child Life Specialists who help support your child during treatment.
We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offer resources for medical education and referring patients. Learn how to refer a patient and take a look at our universal cholesterol screening guidelines.