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Referral Guidelines

Specialists at Children's National Hospital have created guidelines to assist referring physicians. For specific questions, physicians may call our Referring Physician Access Line at 202-476-4880 to speak to the attending on call. 

Our Referring Physician Access Line offers timely access to Children’s National specialists for questions regarding consultations, referrals and inpatient reports. When physicians call, a trained staff member will answer the line, ensuring a quicker response for you and your patient directly from a Children’s National specialist.  


Guidance for referring a patient to our allergy specialists.

Chest Pain

Chest pain is a common complaint in pediatrics but infrequently caused by a cardiac problem. Learn about our referral guidelines for this condition.

Bariatric Surgery

To be considered for weight-loss surgery, patients must meet the specific criteria outlined here. 

Cardiac Imaging

When a patient is referred for a full cardiac evaluation, cardiac imaging, particularly echocardiogram, is often included. 

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

Questions and emergent referrals from physicians may be directed to the on-call Cardiac Intensivist by calling Cardiac Critical Care.

Child and Adolescent Protection Center

Children can be referred by their pediatrician, other health professionals, themselves, the police, social services or the courts. Read more about the referral process.

Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology

Health insurance guidelines for radiology procedures are complex and vary according to the insurance company and type of procedure requested.

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

The Division of Otolaryngology at Children’s National is one the largest and most prestigious pediatric ear, nose and throat programs in the country.

Emergency Medicine

Community emergency and primary care providers can access Children’s emergency physicians and refer patients 24 hours a day through our Emergency Communication and Information Center (ECIC) by calling Children's Lifeline at 202-476-5433 or 800-476-5433.