Video Series: About Us, Our Team
Health Topics: Cardiology
Charles Berul, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Co-director of the Children’s National Heart Institute, describes the cardiology services at Children’s National, including the subspecialties provided at multiple locations throughout the region. Learn more at ChildrensNational.org/HeartInstitute.
"It is a little scary to see your baby with tubes, lines, gauze, and all of the other medical gear occupying their body, but once the nurses explain what it all does and how it helps your baby, you will feel much better."
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