Cardiology (Children's National Heart Institute) Contact number | 202-476-2020

Childrens National Heart Institute

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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.

Leading Experts in Cardiology

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. 

Riley's Story

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"Richard Jonas, MD, and his fellows came in and explained it all to me the best they could. One even drew me a picture. I was dealing with an issue that I really had no idea was such a big issue."

Riley's Story

The Cardiology Team

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Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Our critical care experts provide pediatric, cardiac and neuro intensive care for our patients.

Conditions

We design our health care with kids in mind, and deliver assurance when parents need it most.

Contact Information

Have a question about a specific disease or condition or treatments or services we offer?

Locations

We see children locally and globally who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.

Meet the Team

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

Related Departments

Pediatric specialists work closely to ensure an integrated approach to care for each child and family.

Resources for Families

We offer resources for families to help answer questions and ease your child’s hospital experience.

Resources for Providers

We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offer resources for training and patient referral.

Treatments

We provide a wide range of clinical services, specialties and treatments dedicated to improving children’s health.