About Children's National Hospital

About Us

Children’s National Hospital, in Washington, D.C., gives children and their families the best possible care on their health journey, offering:

  • Internationally-recognized pediatric medicine experts
  • Groundbreaking research and technology
  • A health care experience designed around the unique needs of children
  • Global Services team members who will act as your partner throughout your experience

Read our facts at-a-glance to learn more about Children’s National and the international patient experience. View our Physician Directory.

Internationally-Recognized Experts

Children’s National is ranked #5 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report – and has achieved top 10 honors in cancer, endocrinology and diabetes, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and pulmonology and lung surgery. Our pediatric specialists are among the best in the world and are uniquely positioned to care for the needs of your child.

Our expert care has also led to our designation as a Magnet® hospital, a recognition given to hospitals demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. Only seven percent of hospitals in the United States receive this designation, putting Children’s National among a very elite group of healthcare facilities. 

Children’s National is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the country to attain Level 1 Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons. This distinction recognizes surgery centers which have improved surgical quality, prevented complications, reduced costs and saved lives.

Groundbreaking Research and Technology

Children’s National has earned a global reputation for pioneering new therapies and treatments at the Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI). CNRI conducts translational and clinical medical research in cancer and immunology, genetic medicine and neuroscience. In addition to these specialty research centers, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation (SZI) was founded in 2010 with the mission of making pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive and pain free.

Family-Centered Focus on Care

Our compassionate care teams partner with patients and families to face routine and complex medical challenges, keeping children at the center of everything we do. When your child is diagnosed with an illness, our goal is to find the best care for your child – and for your family. We provide support services for your family that span your range of needs, from social workers to pastoral care chaplains.

In addition to providing top-notch medical care, we also focus on our patients’ emotional health with a variety of services, including age-appropriate play experiences, access to fresh air in our Healing Garden, and music and art therapy. We’ll also help your child celebrate important milestones too, such as birthdays, the end of treatment and going home.

The Global Services Team: Your Guides and Partners

Facilitating the treatment journey for international patients for more than two decades, Children’s National has been privileged to welcome thousands of patients and families seeking pediatric medical care from around the world. Our team features a multilingual staff ready to provide families with the highest level of dedicated support to manage medical services and all related needs, at every step of the treatment journey. Well-versed in the diverse linguistic, cultural and religious needs of many different countries, our team focuses on bridging cultural gaps and helping families to feel more at home. Our team also maintains in-country global ambassadors in Peru, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.