Children's National at Walter Reed

Walter Reed Pathology Building

On November 17, 2016, Children's National Health System signed an agreement with the U.S. Army to accept the transfer of nearly 12 acres from the Walter Reed property in Northwest Washington, D.C. 

The 11.85-acre parcel, which nearly doubles the 12 acre footprint of Children’s National in Washington, includes four buildings:

  • The former Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, a major research facility that is about 348,000 square feet. In operation as recently as about 5 years ago, it was dedicated by President Eisenhower.
  • A conference center and auditorium that can support the health system’s educational mission.
  • A 31,000 square foot facility most recently used as a clinic to treat Army soldiers on an outpatient basis.
  • An above ground parking garage. 

History at Walter Reed

The former military facility, founded in 1909, was named for Major Walter Reed, the lead researcher who discovered that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. During World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, tens of thousands of active duty and retired soldiers were treated on its campus. President Dwight Eisenhower dedicated one of the buildings on the Children’s National acreage. The campus closed in 2011 under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission process.

Our Vision for the Future

Our long-term vision for the Walter Reed campus is to create an internationally recognized medical research and innovation center, complemented by a pediatric primary care program that serves the surrounding community.

Specifically, the new campus will allow Children’s National to:

  • Significantly expand our world class pediatric research facilities through relocation to Walter Reed. This will in turn allow expansion of key clinical care areas.
  • Create an Innovation Center devoted to pediatrics, leveraging our unique location in the nation’s capital and attracting the best and brightest research collaborators.
  • Provide primary care services for pediatric and adolescent patients in the surrounding community. With the addition of this program, Children's National will offer clinical services in every ward in the District of Columbia.