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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Electrophysiology Research
  • Medical Device and Technology Development
  • Pediatric Cardiac Research

Education & Training

  • M.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (1984-1988)
  • M.S., Pharmacology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (1983-1984)
  • B.S., Biology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (1980-1984)

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Professor of Genomics and Precision Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Charles Berul, M.D. is division chief of Cardiology and co-director of the Children's National Heart Institute. He earned his Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in biology from Bucknell University and received his M.D. from University of Maryland. Dr. Berul completed residency in pediatrics at Yale, followed by fellowship training in pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was the director of the Pacemaker and Defibrillator Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School until moving to Children’s National in 2009. Dr. Berul is a tenured professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Berul has worked to develop minimally-invasive approaches to the heart for over 2 decades, with more than 200 publications and is an invited speaker nationally and internationally in the area of pediatric cardiac electrophysiology.

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Outside Interests

  • American Heart Association 
  • Medtronic Inc.
  • Biosense Webster, Inc. 

Research & Publications