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John Berger III, MD

Acting Division Chief, Cardiac Critical Care Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
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  • Main Hospital Washington, District of Columbia 20010 1-888-884-BEAR (2327)

Languages Spoken

  • English


Board Certifications

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

National Provider ID: 1306927215

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Outside Interests

  • Virginia Commonwealth University


John T. Berger, III, M.D., is the Children's National Acting Chief of the Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program. Dr. Berger joined the faculty at Children's National in 1996, and served as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since its opening in 2005. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed training in pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Berger completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s National. Dr. Berger specializes in treating advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart disease. He is a co-investigator in the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network funded by National Institutes of Child Health and Development. 

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology, 2000
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Critical Care Med*, 1996
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Fellowship Program, Neonatology, 1993
    Oregon Health Sciences Univ. School of Medicine
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1992
    Oregon Health Sciences Univ. School of Medicine
  • MD, 1989
    Washington University School of Medicine
  • BA, 1985
    University of Virginia
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: John Berger III

Teresa Dejesus

Teresa's Story

Teresa, 2, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and waited on the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for nine months while she waited for a heart transplant. Her heart arrived on Christmas Day.

conjoined twins

Tyson and Tyler's Story

Before they had even entered the world, Children's National doctors had hatched a plan to safely deliver and then separate conjoined twins Tyson and Tyler.



John Berger

Study Results Could Change the Standard of Care for Children after Cardiac Arrest

While whole body cooling reduces brain or organ damage in adults following cardiac arrest, researchers from Children’s National Health System and other academic institutions found it does not show marked improvement over maintaining body temperature within a normal range for children who had cardiac arrest.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

22nd Annual Childrens National Medical Center Symposium on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Advanced Therapy for Respiratory Failure

(2006) Pulmonary Hypertension Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

35th Critical Care Congress Society of Critical Care Medicine

(2006) Pharmacologic Treatment for Pediatric Heart Failure

A Case of Congenitally Protected DTransportation of the Great Vessels in a Very Low Birth Weight Infant

(2003) Pediatric Cardiology

Increases in Serum Levels of Troponin are Associated with Cardiac Dysfunction and Disease Severity in Pediatric Patients with Septic Shock

(2004) Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Mucin Gene Expression in Respiratory Carcinoma Cell Lines

(1999) American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Symposium

(2005) Treating Chylous Effusions

Transcutaneous Implantation of an Internal Cardioverterdefibrillator in a Small Infant with Recurrent Myocardial Ischemia Cardiac Arrest Simulating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

(2004) Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology

Use of a Hand Held Carried Ultrasound Device by Critical Care Physicians for the Diagnosis of Pericardial Effusions Decreased Cardiac Function and Left Ventricular Enlargement in Pediatric Patients

(2005) Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography

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