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Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National’s hospital is Magnet designated. It is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. 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, eight 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.

Conditions & Treatments

Conditions & Treatments

Allogeneic Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Allogeneic transplantation is a procedure in which a person receives hematopoietic (blood-forming) or blood stem cells, from a genetically similar, but not identical, donor.

Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Autologous transplants are the most common of the BMT treatments. Autologous BMT at Children’s is performed for patients with cancer.

Blood Stem Cell Collection

Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection is a procedure where volunteer donors (relatives or siblings) or patients donate their stem cells through apheresis for allogeneic and autologous blood and marrow transplantation.

Blood Transfusion

More than 2,700 patients receive blood transfusions each year at Children’s National’s hospital and Regional Outpatient Centers, including approximately 7,500 red blood cells, 2,000 plasma, 3,000 platelets and 900 cryoprecipitate units.

Bone Marrow Transplant

Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a special therapy for patients with certain cancers or other diseases. The goal of BMT is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells when unhealthy bone marrow has been eliminated.

Blood and Marrow Transplant for Sickle Cell Disease

To expand your child’s donor options, Children’s National Health System created a specialized program for allogeneic BMT for sickle cell disease.

Pediatric Magnetically Controlled Growth Rod

Children’s National Health System is an early adopter of a magnet-based spinal growing rod technology that could become the gold standard for treating severe early onset scoliosis.

Minimally Invasive Orthopaedic Surgery

Our orthopaedic experts provide minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery that protects children's growth and development.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital, Children’s National offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

Pain Management

Pain management is an important concern for a child with cancer or other pain-causing diseases.

Ketogenic Diet

A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and very-low-carbohydrate diet which has been found to help many children whose seizures are not well-controlled by anti-seizure medications.

Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is an alternative for children whose seizures are not well-controlled with medications and who are not candidates for a brain operation to eliminate seizures.

Cancer Surgery

Our expert surgical oncology team provides the full spectrum of surgical treatment for children with cancer.


Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancer cells.

Clinical Trials

Our oncology (cancer) team provides expert care for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.

Experimental Therapeutics Program

With exclusive access to new treatments, the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Children’s National offers renewed hope for a good outcome to all families.


Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer.

Neonatal ECMO

ECMO is a modified form of heart and lung bypass used on a temporary basis, and an alternative to conventional methods of life support. 

Hypothermia Whole Body Cooling

Children’s National Health System is the regional referral center for whole-body cooling (hypothermia) after newborns experience a hypoxic-ischemic injury.

Aerodigestive Clinic

Our Aerodigestive Clinic provide specialized care for children with airway problems and feeding disorders.

Cochlear Implants

Our Otolaryngology team performs 50 pediatric implantations each year.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

The purpose of endoscopic sinus surgery is to open the passages of the sinuses allowing for proper drainage to the nose. It is called an endoscopic procedure because the doctor uses an endoscope (a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end) to view the inside of the nose.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are electronic or battery-operated devices that can amplify and change sound. A microphone receives the sound and converts it into sound waves. The sound waves are then converted into electrical signals. 

Management of Hearing Loss

Early intervention and detection of hearing loss is necessary to prevent additional problems with speech and language development. A health care team approach is normally used when a child is diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss.

Myringotomy Tubes

Myringotomy tubes are small tubes that are surgically placed into yourchild's eardrum by an ear, nose, and throat surgeon. The tubes are placed to help drainthe fluid out of the middle ear in order to reduce the risk of earinfections.

Fetal Echocardiogram

Fetal echocardiography is an ultrasound test performed during pregnancy to evaluate the heart of the unborn baby.

Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) produces detailed images of your baby’s organs and structures within the body. MRI is mainly used to obtain detailed images of the fetal chest, abdomen, and brain.

Fetal Ultrasound

Using fetal ultrasound of the heart, defects can be detected as early as 16 to 18 weeks gestation, and in some cases, as early as 11-12 weeks gestation.

Delivery Planning and Neonatal Care

We work with you and your obstetrician or maternal-fetal medicine specialist to plan a safe delivery. Our meticulous planning and coordination with our top-ranked neonatology program means your baby gets the best available neonatal care as quickly as he or she needs it.

High Risk Postnatal Care

Our fetal and transitional medicine team provides personalized expert postnatal care for babies born with a medical condition.

High Risk Prenatal Care

Our fetal medicine team provides expert care for unborn babies diagnosed with a medical condition.

Medical In Utero Interventions

Medical in utero intervention includes drug management of life-threatening fetal arrhythmias and treatment of heart failure.

Prenatal Support Services

The Center for Prenatal Evaluation and Fetal Heart Program team members have strong ties in the community, allowing good communication among local obstetricians, neonatologists, and pediatricians.

ASD Closure Devices

Our heart specialists offer expert treatment for ASD closure, including Amplatzer® and Gore® Helex® Septal Occluders.

Cardiac Ablation

Our expert pediatric electrophysiology specialists have years of experience performing cardiac ablation procedures for children.

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure in which a long, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel (usually in the leg) and guided into the heart, allowing a close look at the structures inside.

Cardiac First Trimester Imaging

With new ultrasound equipment that has very high resolution and techniques such as transvaginal ultrasound, the heart may be imaged as early as 11-12 weeks gestation.

Cardiology Post-Natal Follow-Up

Children’s Fetal and Translational team and Children’s National Heart Institute collaborate to provide ongoing management for babies at the time of delivery and after they are born.

Defibrillator and Pacemaker Implantation

Our pediatric electrophysiologists use specialized devices and procedures for treating arrhythmias in children.


Routine transthoracic echocardiography is the most common test used in children, fetuses, and newborns to diagnose or rule out heart disease or to follow children already diagnosed with a heart problem. 

Heart Surgery

Our pediatric heart surgeons provide the full spectrum of heart surgery services, caring for children with even the most complex heart conditions.

Pacing and ICD Lead Extraction

A lead must be removed when it becomes infected or causes a mechanical problem in the heart.

PDA Closure Devices

Learn about our expert cardiac catheterization procedures to treat patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), helping children avoid surgery.

Pulmonary Valve Treatment

Learn about the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Therapy, an advanced treatment for pulmonary valve disease.

Resynchronization Therapy for Cardiomyopathy

The medical team at Children's National is at the forefront of implanting biventricular pacemakers for improving cardiac function in children with cardiomyopathy.

Transesophogeal Echocardiogram

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), or heart scan with endoscopy, uses a small probe guided into the esophagus while a child is sedated to closely evaluate the heart and blood vessels within the chest.

VSD Closure Devices

Learn about our expert cardiac catheterization procedures to treat ventricular septal defect (VSD), helping children avoid surgery.

Pacemaker Implantation (Treatment)

Children's National's interventional electrophysiology team developed and perfected techniques for transvenous pacemaker and defibrillator implantation in children.

Cardiac Imaging

Children's is a national leader in congenital heart disease imaging. The pediatric echocardiography laboratory performs approximately 14,000 studies annually.

Cardiac MRI

Learn how we’re working with the National Institutes of Health to reduce or eliminate radiation exposure using advanced cardiac MRI technology.

Functional Imaging

Exercise testing is useful diagnostic and treatment tool for the assessment of the heart function in children.

Intraoperative CT imaging

Our orthopaedic experts use intraoperative CT imaging to provide a safe, effective orthopaedic surgery.

Pediatric MRI

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.


Hemodialysis is performed in a dialysis center or hospital by trained health care professionals.

Kidney Transplantation

Kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from another person.


Children's National Health System's expert bariatric surgery team uses LAP-BAND®, a weight-loss procedure for those who are at least 18 years old.

Pediatric Sleeve Gastrectomy

Children's National Health System expert pediatric surgery team performs sleeve gastrectomy, a weight-loss procedure for adolescents.

Intestinal Rehabilitation

The multidisciplinary Intestinal Rehabilitation program is one of the few programs in the country for infants, children, and teens with short bowel syndrome and complex gastrointestinal disorders.

Magnetic Resonance (MR) Enterography

Children's uses magnetic resonance enterography, a radiation-free imaging scan, to provide more information about Crohn disease and irritable bowel disease.


Nutrition services within the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, focuses on children with special dietary needs. 

Bowel Lengthening Surgery: Bianchi and STEP

Our intestinal rehabilitation experts perform bowel lengthening procedures to treat children with intestinal failure.

Chest Wall Defects: Nuss and Ravitch Technique

Our general and thoracic surgery experts perform the Nuss and Ravitch procedures for children with chest wall defects.

Esophageal Surgery

Our pediatric surgical experts perform advanced esophageal procedures, including anti-reflux surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our pediatric surgical experts perform minimally invasive procedures for infants, children, and teenagers.

Neonatal Laparoscopic Surgery

Our neonatal surgical experts perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery on newborns and infants.

Robotic Surgery

Children’s National Health System offers robotic surgery as a minimally invasive option for some pediatric urologic procedures, including pyeloplasty for obstruction and ureteral reimplantation for vesicoureteral reflux.

Surgical Endoscopy

Our pediatric surgery experts perform advanced, minimally invasive endoscopy procedures.


Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the skin covering the end of the penis, called the foreskin. In many cultures, circumcision is a religious rite or a ceremonial tradition.

Urinary Stone Program

Our Urinary Stone Program is one of the few clinics in the country dedicated to the care of children with urinary tract stone diseases.


Children's National Health System's orthopaedic experts use the VEPTR device to provide specialized care for children with severe chest and spine deformities.


Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction).

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).

Infant Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a child stops breathing during periods of sleep.

Pediatric Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or chemical irritants.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the lower airways) and pneumonia in babies.

Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn

Transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN) is a term for a mild respiratory problem of babies that begins after birth and lasts about three days.


An arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia) is an abnormal rhythm of the heart.


Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness and muscle tone caused by inadequate blood supply to the brain. Syncope is sometimes also called fainting.

Children's Specialists

Children's Specialists at this Location

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David Wessel

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital and Specialty Services
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Fran Cogen

Diabetologist, Acting Division Co-Chief, Endocrinology
Jeffrey Dome

Jeffrey Dome

Vice President, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Veronica Gomez-Lobo

Veronica Gomez-Lobo

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist | Director of the Positive Reevaluation of Urogenital Differences (PROUD) Clinic
Andrea Gropman

Andrea Gropman

Division Chief | Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics and Neurogenetics
Billie Lou Short

Billie Lou Short

Division Chief | Neonatology
Billie Short, MD, is the chief of the Division of Neonatology and the chief of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Dr. Short also is the Executive Director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program (ECMO).
Stephen J. Teach, MD, MPH, Director and Principal Investigator of IMPACT DC

Stephen Teach

Associate Dean, Pediatric Academic Affairs | Chair, Department of Pediatrics

George Zalzal

Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)

John Berger III

Interim Medical Director, Heart Failure and Transplant Program
Cara Biddle

Cara Biddle

Medical Director, Children’s Health Center at Sheikh Zayed Campus
Castro R

Rosella Castro

Medical Director, Children's Health Center Adams Morgan
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Nina Deutsch

Director, Cardiac Anesthesiology | Associate Chief for Academic Affairs
Donofrio M

Mary Donofrio

Cardiologist | Director, Fetal Heart Program | Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program
John A

Anitha John

Director, Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program
Benny Kerzner

Benny Kerzner

Gastroenterologist, Director of Celiac Disease Program
Martin G

Gerard Martin

Cardiologist, Medical Director of Global Services

Dewesh Agrawal

Emergency Medicine Specialist

Pediatric Residency Program Director

Aisha Davis

Aisha Barber


Pediatric Residency Associate Program Director, Hospitalist Division

Mark Batshaw

Mark Batshaw

Executive Vice President, Physician-in-Chief & Chief Academic Officer

Richard Bosco

Anesthesiologist | Medical Director for the Center for Surgical Care
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Ira Cohen

Anesthesiologist | Acute Pain Specialist
Denice Cora Bramble

Denice Cora Bramble

Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Ambulatory and Community Health Services
C Dawes

Candice Dawes

Assistant Medical Director, Children’s Health Center Anacostia

Marc DiFazio

Neurologist | Medical Director, Montgomery County Regional Outpatient Center | Medical Director, Ambulatory Neurology

Marc DiSabella

Neurologist | Program Director, Child Neurology Fellowship; Medical Director, Neurology Education; Director, Headache Program
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Sarah Evans

Division Chief, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
J Fraser

Jamie Fraser

Medical and Biochemical Geneticist | Director, Myelin Disorders Program
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Laura Gray

Psychologist | Behavioral Medicine Specialist
Anne Inge

Anne Inge

Neuropsychologist | Clinical Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Brian Jacobs

Brian Jacobs

Chief Information Officer & Chief Medical Information Officer
Executive Vice President, Center for Pediatric Informatics

Ilana Kahn 2017

Ilana Kahn

Clinical Director, Neuroimmunology
Director, Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Options
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Lauren Kenworthy

Neuropsychologist | Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Kim P

Peter Kim

Vice President, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
Associate Surgeon-in-Chief
Lichtenstein C

Cara Lichtenstein


Pediatric Residency Associate Program Director, Community Health Track

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Naomi Luban

Hematologist, Laboratory Medicine Specialist
Ponda Madati, MD

Ponda Madati

Medical Director | Children's National Emergency Department at United Medical Center
Anne Massaro

An Massaro


Pediatric Residency Assistant Program Director, Director of Residency Research

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Evan Nadler

Director, Bariatric Surgery Program
Co-Director, Children’s National Obesity Institute

Matthew Oetgen

Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
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Albert Oh

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Roger Packer

Roger Packer

Senior Vice President | Center for Neuroscience & Behavioral Health

Mary Patterson

Associate Vice Chair, Medical | Executive Director, Simulation and CAPE
Dr. Geovanny Perez

Geovanny Perez

Pulmonologist | Co-Director of the Severe Asthma Clinic
Pestieau S

Sophie Pestieau

Anesthesiologist | Acute Pain Specialist | Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs
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Jeffrey Rabin

Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist | Vice-Chair, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
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Lisa Ring

Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Gary Rogers

Division Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Anthony Sandler

Anthony Sandler

Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief | Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care
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Jacqueline Sanz

Neuropsychologist | Co-Director of Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program

Rahul Shah

Vice President & Chief Quality & Safety Officer
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Alex Steed

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA)
Robin Steinhorn

Robin Steinhorn

Senior Vice President, Center for Hospital Based Specialties
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Brian Stone

Neonatologist - Division Chief, Pediatric Outreach Center of Hospital-Based Specialties

Marshall Summar

Director, Rare Disease Institute | Division Chief, Genetics and Metabolism
Laura Tochen

Laura Tochen

Neurologist | Co-Director, Myelin Disorders Program
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Lisa Tuchman

Division Chief, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
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Thuy-Anh Vu

Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist/Neurophysiologist

Mark Weissman

Vice President, Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health
Vice President & Executive Director, CNHN
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics & Community Health


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