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Getting a Second Opinion

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When your child has been diagnosed with a condition, deciding on the best treatment plan can feel overwhelming. Getting a second opinion can help you make this important decision – it can help you learn more about your child’s condition, and it can show you different treatment options and outcomes that may be available.

At Children’s National Hospital, our leading pediatric specialists provide second opinions to families in our local community, across the United States and around the world. We offer two types of second opinions.

In-Person Second Opinion

Patients in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and the wider region can schedule an in-person second opinion with our pediatric specialists. Find a provider or make an appointment today. 

Remote Second Opinion

For families who are farther away and may be unable to travel, you can access our Remote Second Opinion (RSO) Program. 

Our program offers:

  • A designated clinical intake team who will assist you through every step of the process
  • Easy online submission process for your child’s clinical information and radiology studies 
  • Medical review by Children’s National pediatric specialists
  • Comprehensive written medical second opinion report
  • Post-opinion follow-up and assistance with referrals

Contact Information

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact our team.

Global Services Division
Children's National Hospital
111 Michigan Ave. NW, Suite M2-2803
Washington, DC 20010
Office: +1 (202) 476-5778


Children’s National provides second opinions as a resource for consultative medical advice and treatment recommendations for patients and/or families who seek a second opinion on their medical conditions. This service is different from the diagnostic service typically provided by a physician. This is because the physician providing this service will not have the benefit of information that would be obtained by examining the patient in person, observing their physical condition, or conducting diagnostic testing to the specifications of the physician. Therefore, the physician may not be aware of facts or information that would affect the physician´s medical opinion of the patient´s condition. In some cases, these facts may be critical to the opinion. Children’s National is not responsible for potential errors in opinion resulting from missing, incomplete, poorly translated or illegible records, or poor-quality images.