- What We Do
- Clinical Care
Caring for kids is all we do
The depth of our team’s expertise is what distinguishes the clinical care at Children’s National Medical Center. More than 1,500 nurses, 600 physicians, and hundreds of team members work together to treat children’s physical and emotional needs.
U.S.News & World Report ranks Children’s National among the best in the country in all 10 pediatric specialties considered in the survey, and among the top 10 pediatric institutions in neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology. Many of our specialists and surgeons also are nominated by their peers for the list of U.S.News Top Doctors, and regionally as “Top Docs” in Northern Virginia Magazine and the Washingtonian.
We also are a Magnet™ recognized organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest recognition for nursing excellence.
Because caring for children is all we do, we understand what matters most to families who visit Children’s National. The needs of our patients and their families help form our guiding principles:
- Safe: We avoid injuries to patients from the care that is intended to help them
- Effective: We provide care based on scientific knowledge to all who could benefit
- Family Centered: We provide care that is respectful and responsive to family preferences, needs and values. We communicate openly with families, and actively involve them in their children’s care
- Timely: We reduce waiting and delays for our patients and families
- Efficient: We optimize the use of all of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy while minimizing waste
- Equitable: We provide care that does not vary in quality based upon gender, ethnicity or family income.
To offer personalized care for every patient, we coordinate more than 50 pediatric specialty programs and clinics
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders encompasses eight divisions, and patients treated by the center have access to more than 100 clinical trials. We are the only center in the region with access to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium’s protocols and the CureSearch Children’s Oncology Group Phase I clinical trials, the world’s largest cancer research collaborative combining research with the best clinical care ensuring optimal outcomes. The center’s specialists have contributed to increased cure rates for numerous childhood cancers and other diseases and are dedicated to expanding the number of diseases that can be cured. The team is curing patients with sickle cell disease, thalassemia, immunologic disorders, and metabolic diseases.
Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health
The Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health is a community-based model focused on comprehensive primary care, prevention, diagnoses, and treatment for infants, children, and teens in the Washington, DC, area. The center ensures patients have access to family-centered care in their community that is culturally sensitive, promotes disease prevention, and provides greater access to specialists. With nearly 60 partners, Children’s National coordinates more than 40 community programs that have a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of families.
Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease
The Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease offers the region’s largest program and most experienced professionals in pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, pulmonology, sleep medicine, and nephrology. Our caregivers treat patients in cutting edge facilities like our pediatric sleep lab and clinical space, cardiac intensive care units, and our Interventional Cardiac MRI, made available through a partnership with the National Institutes of Health. Each year, more than 16,000 patients experience our expertise in cardiac imaging, cardiac rhythm disorder, interventional cardiology, and adult congenital heart disease ensures the best care across the total spectrum of cardiac disease.
Center for Hospital-Based Specialties
Children’s Center for Hospital-Based Specialties encompasses the departments that provide critical and acute care for neonates, infants, children, and adolescents who are injured or ill, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic imaging. Emergency and trauma services, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, and transport medicine are the core of the Center for Hospital-Based Specialties. Children’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the Washington, DC, area, including Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia.
Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine
The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine boasts one of the largest teams of professionals in the country working to understand and improve a child’s cognitive health, behavior, emotions, and neurological function. Comprised of internationally renowned physicians, faculty, investigators, social workers, and nurses, they work together with hospital colleagues across all specialties—and with primary care givers in the community—addressing emerging challenges in children’s mental health. The center also is home to two prestigious Institutes: The Daniel and Jennifer Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Institute. Both are internationally recognized centers of clinical care, clinical/translational research, and research.
Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care
At Children’s Center for Surgical Care surgeons perform more than 17,000 surgeries each year for infants, children, and adolescents—some within the first month of life. Our surgeons are leaders in the field of minimally invasive surgery, which causes less pain, smaller scars, and children return home sooner. We also are the first and only in the region to use a surgical robotic system solely in pediatric procedures. Led by international robotic surgery expert Craig Peters, MD, a trained team of surgical support staff uses the da Vinci Surgical System to provide a minimally invasive option for common urologic procedures. Children’s National also is the the area’s only hospital to guarantee a pediatric-trained anesthesiologist 24 hours a day.
Child Health Advocacy Institute
With our location in the nation’s capital, Children’s National has a long-standing history of advocating for children. More than 30 years ago, we established the Child Health Advocacy Institute as the nation’s first hospital-based office focused exclusively on child health advocacy. Through community health needs assessments and partnerships with community-based stakeholders, we see the benefits of our efforts in our community, and how our work informs national policies and child health initiatives around the world.