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Zoe's Story

Art is a key part of Zoe’s cancer treatment, bringing both joy and distraction. When the pandemic hit, she was devastated to lose her regular art therapy sessions, says mom Brigitte. Telehealth enabled Zoe to continue from home. “The gift of technology put that pep back in her step,” Brigitte says.

Giving Rowan the Freedom to Enjoy Taco Tuesdays

Rowan is a third grader who, before the COVID-19 pandemic, loved to eat school lunches on Taco Tuesdays and Pizza Fridays. School lunch was a big deal. Until the fall of 2019, Rowan had to eat a packed lunch every day because her celiac disease requires a gluten-free diet.

Understanding the Developing Brain Leads to Healthier Babies

When she was pregnant with Immanuel, Alisha joined a research study exploring the impact of stress, anxiety and depression on babies in utero. She contributed to science and improved her mental health, which helped her bond with her son after he was born.

A Three-year Milestone for Bella

Soon after Bella was born, doctors discovered a rare brain disorder that causes constant seizures. A pioneering procedure developed by Children’s National Hospital stopped her seizures. Today, Bella is a healthy preschooler.

Illuminating a Path to Early Mental Health

Child psychiatrist Bhavin Dave helps lead one of the country’s longest-running pediatric mental health programs. The Early Childhood Behavioral Health Program at Children’s National Hospital supports some of our youngest patients with therapeutic interventions to help them lead healthier lives.

Driving Breakthroughs in Cancer Research and Cell Therapy

Dr. Catherine Bollard leads clinical and research efforts to treat cancer and other inflammatory diseases by strengthening the immune system using cell therapy. Her work helps kids lead fuller, richer lives with fewer damaging side effects.

Healing a Child’s Brain

Dr. Elizabeth Wells is tackling one of neuroscience’s biggest challenges: immune disorders that attack the brain or central nervous system. The Neuro-Immunology Program at Children’s National Hospital advances diagnostics, care and research for kids facing these complex conditions.

Leading World-Class Care for Babies with Brain Conditions

Neurologist Dr. Taeun Chang leads a diverse team of specialized pediatricians to uncover and treat brain irregularities in newborns. Their work has led to groundbreaking procedures offering hope and recovery for some of the toughest cases.

Mental Health Care in the Places Families Trust

The community’s voice is vital to successfully address the deepening mental health crisis that’s gripping America. Dr. Lee Beers is working alongside families, colleagues and partners to bring high-quality mental health care to a place kids know and trust: their doctor’s office.

Leading the World in Colorectal Solutions for Children

Dr. Marc Levitt is a world-renowned pediatric colorectal surgeon. At Children’s National Hospital, he puts his remarkable skills to use in pursuit of a single, simple vision: to let kids be kids.

Pediatric Discoveries Start with Teamwork, Leadership and Diversity

Dr. Vittorio Gallo leads a Children’s National Hospital research team that focuses on the newborn brain. It’s part of a larger multi-disciplinary team that uses science to improve the lives of children and families.

Heartfelt Care

Cardiac care from our hospital helps Eliott keep his heart healthy. Family-focused care changed life for his whole family.

Brain Tumor Research Helps Save Frederico’s Life

Frederico is 15 and loves school, reading and travel. Cancer research helped save his life after a devastating brain tumor diagnosis when he was 9.

Finding a Path Forward for Isabel

Isabel had a rare form of cancer. Compassionate care and support at Children's National made it possible for her to get back to the things she loves — including bike riding, singing and going to Kindergarten.

Compassionate Care for Jeffrey Close to Home

Rosa worried when her son Jeffrey didn’t feel well for days. She brought him to our emergency department for world-class care not far from her neighborhood.