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Locations

  • Main Hospital

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

Education & Training

  • Residency Program, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1982
    Green Lane Hospital
  • Fellowship Program, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1982
    Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Residency Program, General Surgery, 1979
    Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Residency Program, General Surgery, 1978
    Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Internship Program, 1976
    Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • MD, 1974
    University of Adelaide

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors Washingtonian (2018)

National Provider ID: 1861428955

Biography

Richard Jonas, M.D., is chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and co-director of the Children's National Heart Institute. He is a world-renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon specializing in optimizing the developmental and cognitive outcomes of patients after surgery for congenital heart disease. He is a pioneer of corrective surgery, personally performing more than 350 complex congenital reconstructive procedures annually.

Dr. Jonas has trained a large number of cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows during his career and maintains active NIH-supported laboratory and clinical research programs. Dr. Jonas also has helped in the development of a number of international cardiac surgical programs around the world and is a coveted international speaker and guest surgeon. He is the author of the leading pediatric cardiovascular surgery textbook in the field, Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease. He is also a co-author of two other textbooks in pediatric cardiac surgery.

Safe cardiopulmonary bypass is critical to the success of a cardiac surgical program. Dr. Jonas maintains active laboratory and clinical research programs. He has spent his career studying ways to improve the safety of cardiopulmonary bypass, particularly as it relates to neurological development. His development of a clinical research program in cardiopulmonary bypass techniques has revolutionized the field of pediatric cardiac surgery. Using safer strategies for bypass has resulted in improved outcomes, quicker intensive care unit recovery, shorter lengths-of-stay, fewer neurological injuries, and better long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes. Dr. Jonas continues to study advanced bypass techniques within the Children’s National Heart Institute in a dedicated research laboratory. He also has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts.