A simple test for all newborn babies can detect critical congenital heart disease and give doctors the chance to treat it sooner.
Cardiology is an associated division of the Children’s National Heart Institute, an international leader in comprehensive cardiac care for infants, children, and adults. The Heart Institute coordinates all aspects of care for patients with cardiac conditions, from fetuses and children with heart murmurs to adults with congenital heart disease. Our goal is to provide early intervention, maximize the quality of our patients’ lives, and ease the stress on families.
Parents from around the region, nation, and world seek care and treatment from Children’s multidisciplinary team in a family-friendly setting. Our dedicated cardiologists, surgeons, interventionalists, intensivists, fetal heart specialists, cardiac anesthesiologists, and nurse practitioners provide specialized care for patients in the areas of:
The Heart Institute is one of only a few programs in the country with a specialized team of pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists who provide anesthesia and pain management for patients with congenital heart disease.
Cardiology Division Chief Charles Berul, MD, is an internationally recognized pediatric electrophysiologist, renowned for his extensive clinical and research experience, and expertise in inherited heart rhythm abnormalities, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, and cardiac screenings for pediatric athletes. He leads a team of 35 cardiologists who see patients throughout the metro region.
Our designated inpatient and outpatient cardiology teams treat patients with complex congenital conditions and anomalies, including:
Children’s National is a pioneer in continuity of care for adults with congenital heart disease. To ensure that our patients continue with appropriate cardiac care as adults, we established the Washington Adult Congenital Heart (WACH) program, an innovative collaborative care partnership with the Washington Hospital Center.
We also developed Follow My Heart to help patients with congenital heart disease take an active role in managing their condition, particularly as they transition from pediatric to adult care. Follow My Heart is an online personal health record, which can be accessed through any Internet connection so patients and healthcare providers have easy access to the patient’s medical history.
To learn more, download a pdf of the Children's National Heart Institute brochure.
"I look back on those very challenging 21 days and realize that with the help of wonderful nurses... that it is possible to get through your time at Children's National."
Division Chief, Cardiology
John Berger III
Medical Director, Cardiac Intensive Care
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, Cardiology Fellowship
Cardiac Critical Care Specialist
Cardiologist, Medical Director of Global Health
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.
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