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My goal is to get patients back to doing all the things they love to do in the safest way possible.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiology, 2011
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency, Pediatrics, 2008
    Hasbro Children's Hospital
  • Internship, Pediatrics, 2005
    Hasbro Children's Hospital
  • MD, 2004
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • BA, 1998
    Wellesley College

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology

National Provider ID: 1396962171


Kristin Burns, M.D., joined the Children’s National Health System faculty in 2011. She received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Wellesley College and a medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Burns’ clinical interest is general cardiology, and her research focuses on using administrative databases to examine outcomes for children with heart disease. She is a medical officer in the Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH. Dr. Burns is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

At Children’s, Dr. Burns sees patients in the outpatient setting and attends on inpatient and consult services. Before becoming a doctor, she was an educator for adolescents. The field of pediatric cardiology was a way to combine her interest in science with a passion for working with children and families. Dr. Burns has done clinical work on an Apache reservation, in Bolivia, Chile, Kenya, and Uganda, and she is fluent in Spanish. When she’s not practicing medicine, she plays soccer, flag football, and softball in addition to teaching English as a Second Language classes.

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

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Research & Publications

Cor Triatriatum with Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return A Rare Case of Parallel Obstruction and Successful Staged Treatment

(2011) Pediatric Cardiology

Screening for Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young Report from a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Working Group

(2011) Circulation

SUDEP Tissue Donation Program Workshop National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Health

(2012) Sudden Unexpected Death in the Young Initiative