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Rell's Story

Rell and his father were victims of gun violence in Washington, DC. He sustained gunshot wounds to his head, chest and abdomen. Surgeries at Children’s National Hospital saved Rell’s life. After 10 days on life support, his first words were: “When can I go back to school?”

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Your Generosity Makes Surgical Innovations Possible

Endowed Professorships

Our donors enable physician scientists to use the power of research to improve children’s lives. The Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Professorships in Anesthesiology & Otolaryngology allowed doctors to study the impact of telemedicine on patients in our preoperative clinic. The Johnston Family Professorship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery makes a difference every day for patients with plastic and reconstructive surgical needs.

Training Future Physician-Scientists and Nurses

Philanthropy helps us train the next generation of world-class pediatric residents, nurses and engineers who pioneer biomedical innovation. It supports our fellows to analyze how we treat children with kidney injuries. It ensures that our nurses have advanced education in wound care.