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David Wessel, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital and Specialty Services
Awards and Recognition:
    Top Doctors
    No. Va. Magazine
    (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Critical Care

National Provider ID: 1609841311



Educated and trained in medicine at Oxford, Yale and Harvard, David L. Wessel, M.D., joined Children’s National Health System in July 2007. He holds the IKARIA Distinguished Professorship in Critical Care Medicine. Prior to this appointment, he was Professor of Pediatrics (Anesthesia) at Harvard Medical School and Senior Associate in Cardiology and Anesthesia at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Wessel is board certified in anesthesiology, pediatrics, pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine. He was named to the 2018 Becker's Healthcare list of "100 Hospital & Health System CMOs to Know."

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Anesthesiology, 1985
    Children's Hospital Boston
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology, 1985
    Children's Hospital Boston
  • Residency Program, Anesthesiology, 1983
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology, 1981
    Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1980
    Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 1979
    Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
  • MD, 1978
    Yale University School of Medicine


NIAID and Children's National partner to advance pediatric clinical research

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Children’s National Health System, a pediatric academic medical center in Washington, have launched a clinical research partnership devoted to treating and preventing allergic, immunologic and infectious diseases in children. An inaugural symposium will take place at Children’s National on Sept. 17, 2018, to highlight the partnership and discuss current and future directions for its research activities.

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