Programs and Services
We take a team approach to care, where all specialties and departments are totally integrated to offer the best care for each patient and family.
Our team collaborates with specialists in other departments to offer the best care possible.
- Congenital Heart Defect Surgery: We offer the full spectrum of congenital heart surgeries, including the most complex procedures. Our focus is on early primary repair and many of our surgeries are performed on children during the first few days of life.
- Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program: Our experienced team provides a full spectrum of therapies for children with heart failure. When transplantation is indicated, we collaborate with nearby MedStar Washington Hospital Center to provide heart transplantation for children.
- Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) Program: We offer the next generation of ventricular assist devices, pumps that keep blood pumping through the left or right heart ventricles to stabilize children awaiting heart transplant. While VADs are routinely used in adults, they have only recently been used for children. We are one of a few elite programs using this life-saving technology for children, including the Berlin Heart®, the only VAD available for babies and small children.
- Pre-Operative Care Clinic: When your child is having surgery at Children’s National Health System, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.