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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.  

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.

Emergency Trauma and Burn Services

Emergency Trauma and Burn Services includes a 12-member acute response team that provides immediate intervention when an injured patient arrives by helicopter or ambulance. 


Review our guidelines for referring patients to the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD)

Learn about the initial evaluation and management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), including criteria for referring patients to Children's National.

Headache Program

Discover how to refer a patient to Children's National to receive care for headache issues.

Heart Institute

The Division of Cardiology provides both inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and treatment services for a full range of pediatric cardiovascular disorders.


Learn about how to make a referral for newborns with hydronephrosis.