We believe every child deserves a team that has devoted their careers to children's medicine.
From nurses to radiologists, anesthesiologists to social workers, child life specialists and so many others, our team works with each family and child to provide expert, compassionate care with the child at the center. From everyday care, to when the everyday becomes the unexpected, Children's National provides a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
Richard Jonas, MD
Pediatric Heart Surgeon
Our team deals with the most complex patients in the country…your child is going to be cared for by a very comprehensive and experienced group of specialists with a lot of depth and experience.
Richard Jonas, MD, is a world-renown pediatric cardiac surgeon who specializes in giving children with congenital heart disease the best chance at normal, healthy development. He is a pioneer of corrective surgery, personally performing more than 350 complex congenital reconstructive procedures every year. Dr. Jonas has trained a large number of cardiothoracic surgery residents and fellows during his career and maintains active NIH-supported laboratory and clinical research programs. Dr. Jonas also has helped in the development of a number of cardiac surgical programs around the world and is a coveted international speaker and guest surgeon. He is the author of the leading pediatric cardiovascular surgery textbook in the field and has co-authored two other pediatric cardiac surgery textbooks. His development of a clinical research program in cardiopulmonary bypass techniques has revolutionized the field of pediatric cardiac surgery by providing improved physical and neurological outcomes. Dr. Jonas continues to study advanced bypass techniques within the Children's National Heart Institute in a dedicated research laboratory.
Susan Cummings, MD, MPH
I do think the ability to offer sub-specialty care in pediatrics is unique to Children's. There's a wide breadth of experts and within each subspecialty those experts can dig deeply and give the family answers that you know are accurate. They're not pulling from something they've read about; they're making a diagnosis based on their experience in other children.
Susan Cummings, MD, MPH, specializes in imaging of the heart including fetal, transthoracic, and echocardiograms during surgery. A special interest includes teaching echocardiology to trainees as part of their pediatric cardiology fellowship. Dr. Cummings is committed to educating parents about their child’s condition, diagnosis, and care plan to empower them to become advocates for their child’s health.
Our nurses specialize in pediatric nursing, ensuring that all patients at the hospital as well as visitors to either the hospital or one of the many Children’s Health Centers have a skilled expert to provide care.
Nurses at Children's National have a legacy of commitment to the health and well-being of children. They are an essential part of the healthcare team, bringing skill and compassion to every patient they treat and always putting the needs of children first.
Children's National has an award-winning nursing staff and is one of an elite group of hospitals to have achieved Magnet® designation, a nationally recognized accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Child life specialists can provide psychological preparation for medical procedures, as well as emotional support before, during, and after treatment. Child life specialists are specially trained and certified to help children, adolescents, and families understand and cope with illness, treatment, hospitalization, and therapeutic play experiences. Child life specialists are responsible for maintaining unit playroom and teen room activities. In addition, child life specialists can provide games, toys, small electronics, and help in celebrating milestones such as patient birthdays.