About Children's National


Champions for Pediatric Healthcare

For more than 140 years, we have served children in our nation’s capital, across the country, and around the world. As an academic medical center, we are committed to improving the lives of children.

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As the only health system designed for kids in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, we believe every child should be cared for by professionals who have devoted their career to children’s medicine. At Children’s National Health System, we are dedicated to providing the best pediatric care for our patients, families, and community. We are the premier provider of pediatric care in the region and the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, we are a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Our internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals treats more than 300,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world.

Serving as an advocate for all children, we are the largest provider of pediatric care in the nation’s capital, providing $46.2 million in uncompensated care. We also serve as the regional referral center for Pediatric Emergency, Trauma, Cancer, Cardiac and Critical Care as well as NeonatologyOrthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Neurology, and Neurosurgery.

We’re home to numerous institutes, centers, and specialized units featuring innovative physicians, nurses, and academic experts working together to find better ways to prevent, treat, and cure different conditions:

Children’s Research Institute is our academic arm that focuses on translational research, clinical, and community studies and oversees the educational activities and academic affairs of Children's and the Department of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is a multifaceted unit that encompasses several divisions: Blood and Marrow Transplantation; Hematology; Allergy and Immunology; Laboratory Medicine; Oncology; Pathology; Pharmacology; and Rheumatology.

Child Health Advocacy Institute identifies and studies threats facing children, and develops and implements programs to address those threats. It was established more than 40 years ago as the nation’s first hospital-based office focused exclusively on child health advocacy.

Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease offers the region’s largest program and most experienced professionals in Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiac SurgeryPulmonology, Sleep Medicine, and Nephrology. Our comprehensive services include cutting-edge diagnostic services, minimally invasive and traditional surgery, and heart and kidney transplantation for children of all ages — from neonates to young adults.

Center for Hospital-Based Specialties encompasses those disciplines that provide critical and acute care for neonates, infants, children, and adolescents who are injured or ill, and diagnostic and therapeutic imaging for these children. Clinical programs and services in the Center for Hospital-Based Specialties include: Critical Care Medicine; Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology; Emergency Medicine; Endocrinology and Diabetes; Fetal Medicine Institute; Hospitalist Medicine; Infectious DiseaseNeonatology; Respiratory Care; and Transport Medicine.

Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care provides the highest level of care to infants, children and adolescents needing surgery with our surgeons performing more than 17,000 surgeries each year. We offer a full range of pediatric surgical specialties, including: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Cardiac Surgery, Trauma and Burns, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Otolaryngology (ENT), Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Urology.

Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Health is home to 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 basic research pertaining to a child’s mind, behavior, emotions, and neurological function. Among the Divisions included are: Neurology, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuropsychology, Developmental Pediatrics, Genetics, and Hearing and Speech.

Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health offers a community-based model which focuses on comprehensive primary care, prevention, diagnoses and treatment of pediatric health conditions prevalent in the District of Columbia. The centers offer the following clinical services: Child and Adolescent Protection Center, Dentistry, Dermatology, General and Community Pediatrics, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, and Mobile Health.

We’re consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report. We’re also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve.

About Children's National Health System: 

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is Magnet® designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mission and Vision

From primary care to intensive care, Children's National Health System provides nationally ranked pediatric medicine serving Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and beyond.

Awards and Recognition

Our multidisciplinary team of the world’s finest pediatric clinicians and research scientists come to work with one goal in mind: to improve the lives of children.

Fast Facts and Stats

Overview of statistics and facts about the multi-campus organization headquartered in the nation's capital.

Our Physicians

Our internationally recognized team of pediatric physicians care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation, and world.

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What We Do

At Children’s National, we are champions for children, with our entire team focused on pediatric care.


Learn more about our history, our growth, and our commitment to improving care for children for more than 140 years.  

Annual Report

Report highlights work we've done to implement new ideas, introduce new business models, and strengthen our national voice.

Leadership Team

Children's National Health System leadership is responsible for overall administration of operations for our multi-campus organization.

Children's National Boards of Directors

Children's National Health System relies on leadership groups to assist the Leadership Team in implementing our mission.

In the Community

Children’s National is committed to the community and advocates for children and their families. Read about our programs and activities.

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