International Patients

The Global Services Program at Children’s National has served the unique needs of patients and families traveling from around the world for more than 20 years. Members of the Global Services team provide a direct link between international families, their physicians at home, and the latest and most advanced treatments for childhood illnesses and injuries, including the medical expertise and compassionate care trusted by thousands of families. 

Traveling abroad for medical care brings many additional challenges for families. The Global Services team assists patients and physicians with every aspect of receiving care abroad, including:

  • appointment scheduling
  • medical consultations
  • travel planning
  • Arabic – English interpretation services
  • information on navigating the U.S. visa process
  • coordinating care with your country’s embassy in Washington (as required)

Our diverse Global Services team is very familiar with the culture and customs of many countries, including those of the Middle East and North Africa region. Many of our physicians also frequently work with partners around the world to care for children and share knowledge with colleagues and students

We speak your language and are available 24/7 to assist you. Children’s National also has in-country liaisons in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kuwait City, Kuwait. 

Conditions and specialties

Our experts are internationally recognized for their research into innovative treatments for most childhood illnesses. Though we treat almost every childhood illness and injury, key specialties include: 

To view a summary of these specialties in Arabic, visit, and click the Arabic icon in the upper right corner. 

Resources for Families

International Patient Brochure

    Meet the Team

    For more than 140 years, Children's National Health System has provided hope to sick children and their families throughout the Washington, DC, region. The caliber of medical expertise we offer is often unparalleled, and so, families from more than 50 countries around the world seek care for their children here.

    International for Physicians

    Resources for physicians from around the world who wish to refer an international family to Children's National, or are seeking other collaboration with the pediatric specialists at our facility or abroad.

    Global Services Contact Us

    Reach a member of the Global Services team to seek care at Children's National or for more information about our services for international physicians and patients. 

    International Program Referral Form

    If you are a physician seeking to refer an international patient to Children's National, fill out this form and a member of the Global Services team will respond within 24 hours. 

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    Main Hospital

    A leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury, Children's National's nationally and internationally recognized staff of pediatric healthcare professionals delivers sophisticated care to thousands of families throughout the region and around the world.

    Access to a Full Range of Care

    We take a team approach to care, where all specialties and departments are integrated to offer the best care overall. We offer everything from primary care through very specialized care, all focused on kids.



    Our Telemedicine team designs and executes strategies using electronic and telecommunications technologies to improve access to care and outcomes for children throughout the region, the nation, and the world. 

    News and Events

    Children's National works with media and the public to share information about our treatment and research programs, and how the general public can help advance our work.

    Xiomara's Story

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    When Xiomara's mother Elena was 20 weeks pregnant, her ultrasound uncovered something that didn’t look right. Elena was referred to Children’s National Health System to meet with Mary Donofrio, MD, in the Fetal Heart Program who flagged a few potential heart issues and continued to monitor Xiomara throughout the remainder of the pregnancy.

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