During a routine fetal scan at 20 weeks, doctors discovered a problem in unborn baby Ian’s heart. Our team of pediatric heart experts diagnosed and surgically corrected the congenital defect before Ian’s first birthday. Now Ian is like any other thriving, energetic child, thanks to the outstanding cardiac care he received at Children’s National.
Our pediatric heart surgeons have dedicated their careers to providing excellent heart care to patients with congenital heart defects and other cardiac conditions. We perform twice the number of cardiac surgeries of any other hospital in the region, with some of the best pediatric cardiac surgery outcomes in the nation. See our outcomes.
Our world class team is led by Richard Jonas, MD, a pioneer in complex congenital surgery and early repair. We provide the full range of surgical procedures, including complex reconstructions on newborns. Our approach is to intervene early to correct defects and to avoid palliative procedures, resulting in better outcomes for our little patients.
In addition to our team of internationally renowned heart surgeons and pediatric cardiologists, we provide:
"The one thing that helps is to talk about what you are feeling, cry if you need to, always be involved in your child's care, and ask questions if you don't understand."
Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery
Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Children’s National was ranked among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S.News & World Report. We were also ranked in all 10 specialties for the fifth year in a row. In fact, our Neonatology, Neurology/ Neurosurgery, and Gastroenterology/ GI Surgery programs were in the top 10 nationwide.
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Children’s National consistently has some of the best outcomes in the country.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and deliver confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
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Children’s National patients can receive heart surgery at our main campus or imaging and monitoring at our outpatient locations around the Beltway.
The breadth and depth of our team is unmatched in the region and our cardiac surgeons are pioneers and international leaders.
At Children’s National, we know that going to the hospital can be a scary experience for children – and their siblings. This information will help your family understand the process ahead and to talk about cardiac surgery with your children.
Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.
Learn about our programs for families, from our social work and concierge services, to Child Life Specialists who help support your child during treatment.
We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offer resources for medical education and referring patients. Learn how to refer a patient and take a look at our universal cholesterol screening guidelines.