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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Education & Training

  • Cardiology Fellowship, Children's National Medical Center, Washington D.C. (2001-2004)
  • Pediatrics Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY (1998-2001)
  • M.D., New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY (1994-1998)
  • B.A., Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1987-1991)

Academic Appointments

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


Christopher Spurney, M.D. joined the faculty of Children’s National Medical Center in July 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and was awarded the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Child Health Research Career Development Award. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Muscular Dystrophy Association and parent foundations. His work within the Center for Genetic Medicine Research focuses on the cardiomyopathy associated with muscular dystrophies. He performs preclinical research focusing on cardiac drug development in the dystrophin deficient mdx mouse model. His clinical research in the Children's National Heart Institute focuses on imaging outcome measures using both echocardiography and MR imaging and serum biomarkers in DMD related cardiomyopathy.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • Telethon Foundation
  • Armgo Pharma 
  • Capricor Therapeutics Inc. 

Research & Publications