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Diego Preciado, M.D., Ph.D., appointed division chief of Otolaryngology at Children's National Hospital

January 21, 2022
Diego Preciado

Children’s National Hospital has named Diego Preciado, M.D., Ph.D., as its new chief of the Division of Otolaryngology. Dr. Preciado joined Children’s National in 2006 where he has practiced for the past 16 years.

"It is the privilege of a lifetime for me to be able to continue my service to Children’s National in this leadership role,” said Dr. Preciado. “Every otolaryngologist in the world knows of the extraordinary work and tradition of excellence established by my predecessor Dr. George Zalzal. I will work with the surgeon-in-chief to accelerate our mission by engaging our diverse and loyal faculty to become the global leader for complex pediatric otolaryngology care, research, education and advocacy.”

Dr. Preciado is a professor with tenure of Surgery and Pediatrics, Genomics and Precision Medicine at Children’s National and George Washington University. He holds the Joseph E. Robert Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology, has served as the vice chief of the Division of Otolaryngology for the past seven years, and the program director of the ACGME accredited Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship since 2009. His clinical practice interests are primarily focused on pediatric airway reconstruction, childhood hearing loss/cochlear implants and velopharyngeal insufficiency.

Dr. Preciado’s translational research lab has been funded over the years through various awards including R01, U01 and R21 National Institutes of Health grants. He has authored over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 20 book chapters, and has been an invited speaker regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2020, he received the Robert Ruben Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children.

He served as past president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (2020-2021) and currently serves as president of the International Society for Otitis Media (2019-2023). He is a senior examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery where he also serves on the Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology Steering Committee.

“Given Dr. Preciado’s superb clinical, research and leadership background, we know the division is well-positioned for continued growth under his guidance,” said Anthony Sandler, M.D., senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief of the Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National.

Media contact: Beth Riggs | 202-476-4500


About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., was established in 1870 to help every child grow up stronger. Today, it is among the nation’s top 10 children’s hospitals. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the fifth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. The Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus opened in 2021, a first-of-its-kind pediatric hub dedicated to developing new and better ways to care for kids. Children’s National has been designated three times in a row as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty care locations in the D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Virginia. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. As a non-profit, Children's National relies on generous donors to help ensure that every child receives the care they need.

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