Dr. Gil Wernovsky, an internationally renowned pediatric cardiologist and cardiac intensivist, joined the Children's National Heart Institute in 2018. He is an attending physician in the Cardiac ICU and the inpatient cardiology service. Dr. Wernovsky has held academic appointments at Cornell University, Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has held clinical appointments at Boston Children's Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and most recently at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, where he was the medical director of patient- and family-centered care. At CHOP, he was the director of the Cardiac ICU and director of program development for The Cardiac Center, as well as associate chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
Dr. Wernovsky's clinical interests include the inpatient care of infants with critical congenital heart disease (CHD) and mechanical support of the failing circulation. For the past 30 years, he has been particularly interested in the long-term functional outcomes following surgery for complex CHD, specifically transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of Fallot and single ventricle defects such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Dr. Wernovsky's goal is to identify modifiable factors in the care of children with CHD to improve overall outcomes, longevity, school performance and quality of life. He was awarded the 2015 Newburger-Bellinger Award for his career contributions to the field of neurodevelopment in children with heart disease.
He received his medical training at Pennsylvania State University and his pediatric training at the New York Hospital. He completed additional training in pediatric cardiology and cardiac intensive care at Boston Children's Hospital.
At the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Wernovsky was the founder and medical director of the NeuroCardiac Care Program, one of the first in the nation. He is also a founding member of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and International Society for Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support. He was the co-chair of the perioperative working group of the Pediatric Heart Network, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Wernovsky is the co-chair of the 2021 World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, to be held in Washington, D.C. He is also a prolific author and editor, writing more than 70 book chapters, reviews and editorials, and publishing over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited 15 periodicals and peer reviewed journal supplements, as well as four textbooks.