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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.  

Lyme Disease

Guidance for referring a patient to our infectious disease providers.


Learn about the referral guidelines that providers can use for patients with neurological concerns, particularly for concussion recovery through our Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education (SCORE) Clinic.


The Division of Neuropsychology provides general outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for children and adolescents with cognitive concerns, particularly when there is also a medical history of a neurological or other diagnosis with potential effects on CNS functioning.


The Division of Neurosurgery is a regional, national and international destination for newborns and children with disease, trauma or malformation of the brain, spine or nervous system. 

NICU Transport

The transport team is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The transport team coordinates all aspects of the transport and admissions process and communicates updates to the referring physician.

Obesity Program (IDEAL Clinic)

Children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 18 may be referred to the Obesity Program (IDEAL Clinic) at Children’s National.


Upon initial evaluation, our pediatric ophthalmologists determine if your patient requires the highly specialized services of our team. If so, your patient is treated for as long as his/her needs warrant.

Oromotor and Drooling Clinic

Physicians can refer patients over 4 years old for maximum benefit from the clinic’s diagnostic and intervention options. Learn more about referring a child to this program.