With over 20,000 studies a year, Children's National is home to the first pediatric digital echocardiography laboratory in the world.
Our team of internationally respected pediatric cardiologists provides complex to common heart conditions. Our patients range in age from babies in the womb to young adults with congenital heart defects.
Our entire team of pediatric specialists, who are available for consultation with your child’s heart team 24/7, provide experience and expertise to shepherd you and your family from diagnosis through treatment. We then coordinate follow-up care for your child as long as he or she needs.
Meet our team
Features of our program include:
We offer the full range of heart care for your child. Learn more about our services:
Our team of cardiac interventionists performs more than 600 procedures annually. Our doctors possess special expertise with the use of intravascular stents in the treatment of severe pulmonary artery stenosis and other blood vessel abnormalities. We also offer minimally invasive closure of some types of congenital heart disease with outstanding outcomes and quick recovery without the need for surgery. Learn more about our Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
We offer advanced imaging techniques to obtain highly detailed pictures of your child’s heart structure and function:
Our expert pediatric electrophysiologists provide comprehensive heart rhythm management of arrhythmias and syncope in children. We offer the latest and safest technologies, including cryoablation therapy, and 3-D mapping without X-ray radiation. Learn more about our electrophysiology program.
Through this innovative program, the unborn child is cared for as a separate and individual patient. Comprehensive care begins in utero and is coordinated in partnership with referring maternal fetal medicine specialists and obstetricians with many subspecialties, including cardiology, cardiac surgery, genetics, and radiology. A unique feature of the program is while our team cares for the fetal heart, we monitor brain function and other aspects of fetal development to ensure the best outcomes. Learn more about the Fetal Heart Program.
This multidisciplinary program (the combination of different specialists) is working to improve the diets and lifestyles of our patients to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These risk factors include abnormal cholesterol, hypertension, increased weight, and other adverse lifestyle choices, such as lack of exercise and tobacco use. Learn more about the Preventive Cardiology Program.
In order to ensure that our patients have appropriate heart care as adults, we established the Washington Adult Congenital Heart (WACH) program, a collaborative care partnership with Washington Hospital Center.
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For more information, call us at 202-476-2020.
"You may feel like your world is crumbling beneath you, but I am here to tell you that you will find the strength to do anything you have to do for your child."
Division Chief, Cardiology
Director, Fetal Heart Program
Director, Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program
Director, Interventional Cardiology
Director, Electrophysiology Program
Director, ECHO Program and Telemedicine
Director, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program
Director, Medical Unit
Director, Outpatient Cardiology
John Berger III
Medical Director, Cardiac Intensive Care
Cardiologist, Director of Cardiac MRI
Director, Cardiology Fellowship
Cardiac Critical Care Specialist
Critical Care Specialist
Cardiologist, Medical Director of Global Health
Cardiac Critical Care Specialist
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.
From diagnosis through treatment and into recovery, Children's National Heart Institute provides a wide range of clinical services and specialties dedicated to improving children's cardiac health.
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Children’s National patients can receive heart treatment, imaging, and monitoring at our outpatient locations around the Beltway so parents don’t have to come to our campus downtown.
The breadth and depth of our team is unmatched in the region and our cardiologists are pioneers and international leaders.
Pediatric specialists work closely to ensure an integrated approach to care 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.
Our cardiology team offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures, with your child’s safety, comfort and emotional well-being always our priority.