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Transport Medicine

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Our Transport Medicine team transports more than 5,000 children, many of them newborn babies coming to our NICU, each year.

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The division's dedicated team includes neonatal specialists in neurology, neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists, and EEG (electroencephalography). Your infant has access to physicians at Children's National from more than 40 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties.

Whether your infant arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, our team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby needs, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments, and continuing care.

Children's National's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The division manages the only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the District of Columbia and the highest level designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 2011, the NICU received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The award recognizes the nation's top critical care units across a multitude of hospitals for their commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.

As the region's most advanced neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill and premature newborns—even those weighing less than one pound—Children's National's NICU is a primary referral center and resource for more than 40 hospitals.

Neuro-Intensive Care

One of our strengths is the collaboration between the divisions of Neurology, Radiology, and Neonatology in the brain protection program. Children's National established the first neonatal neuro-intensive care program in the mid-Atlantic region.

Two full-time neonatal neurologists round with the neonatal team to treat patients with neurologic concerns. Children's National has one of the largest whole-body cooling programs for infants with hypoxic brain injury (trauma depriving the brain of enough oxygen), and is the only hospital in the area with an MRI-compatible incubator.

Under the supervision of a pediatric neuroradiologist, the MRI-compatible incubator allows us to safely transport and image the brains of our premature infants and sickest newborns.

Children's Medical Transport Team

When your baby needs to be transferred to our NICU, Children's National has the region's only dedicated neonatal transport team. Our medical transport ambulance and SkyBear helicopter services are specially designed for neonatal transport. The medical transport team offers the highest level of care for at-risk and sick infants during their journey to the hospital. 

Hydrocephalus Treatment at Children's National 

Occurring in about one out of every 500 births, hydrocephalus is a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) inside the head. Our neurosurgery team treats hundreds of hydrocephalus cases each year, and often provides follow-up care for patients previously treated at another hospital.

Jason's Story

Jason's Story

When Jason was born, the Children's National team was already standing by to treat his failing kidneys. He spent his first two months in the NICU, and he has been in and out of Children's National for the past six years.

Jason's Story

The Neonatology Team

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Children’s National provides a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most. We provide a wide range of clinical services and specialties dedicated to improving children’s health.

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Children’s National sees children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer. No matter what your child needs, we can provide care that’s just right.

Meet the Team

Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our NICU is a primary neonatal referral center for more than 40 hospitals throughout the Washington, DC, region.

Related Departments

Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.

Resources for Families

Children’s National offers resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.

Resources for Providers

Children’s National Health System values the network of referring physicians and staff and offers resources for medical education and referring patients to Children’s National.  


Children’s National Health System provides suggested treatments to compliment top-notch medical education and experience.