Anitha John, MD, PhD Director, Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program


Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology
  • ABIM Adult Congenital Heart Disease

National Provider ID: 1457319006



Anitha John, MD, PhD, is an adult congenital heart disease specialist who sees patients at the main campus in Washington, DC. She is one of a handful of physicians with subspecialty training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease, which she completed at the Mayo Clinic. Prior to this, Dr. John trained in both internal medicine and general pediatrics at Brown University and then subsequently completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research is focused on clinical outcomes in congenital cardiology. She has a joint appointment at Children’s National Health System and Washington Hospital Center.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, 2010
    Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology, 2009
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Residency Program, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, 2005
    Hasbro Children's Hospital
  • Internship Program, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, 2002
    Hasbro Children's Hospital
  • MD, 2001
    Drexel University College of Medicine
  • PhD, 1999
    Drexel University College of Medicine
  • BS, 1996
    Villanova University
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Anitha John

Halloween 2009

Owen's Story

"We are so thankful that we chose the remarkable doctors at Children's National to care for our son. The compassion and care that were given not just to Owen, but to our entire family, is something we will forever be grateful for."

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Caelen's Story

Our son Caelen was diagnosed in utero at 19 weeks. At first we thought, "why us?" As our pregnancy progressed, we began to think, "why not us," and started learning as much as we could.

Patient story

Sarah's Story

"I know how difficult it is, when you don't have all the answers, and are not getting much sleep in the hospital with your child. I want to assure you that the answers will come."

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Adult Presentation of Interrupted Aortic Arch Case presentation and a review of the medical literature

(0001) Congenital Heart Disease

Aortic Root Dilation in Patients with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome

(2009) American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A

Cardiac Surgery in the Pregnant Patient

(0001) Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Nonocclusive Mesenteric Infarction in Hemodialysis Patients

(2000) Journal of the American College of Surgeons

The localization of thrombospondin1 TSP1 cysteineserinevalinethreoninecysteineglycine CSVTCG TSP receptor and MMP9 in colorectal cancer

(2001) Histology and Histopathology

Thrombospondin1 TSP1 Stimulates Expression of Integrin 6 in Human Breast Carcinoma Cells A Downstream Modulator of TSP1 Induced Cellular Adhesion

(2010) Journal of Oncology

Thrombospondin1 Upregulates Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase TIMP1 Production in Human Tumor Cells Exploring the functional significance of in tumor cell invasion

(2009) Experimental and Molecular Pathology

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