Our magazine looks behind the scenes at Children’s National Hospital. Hear from our pediatric leaders and patients who believe in healthy futures. See how generous philanthropy makes them possible!

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How Gun Violence Affects Children

Meet Trauma Surgeon Mikael Petrosyan, MD, MB, whose work includes saving the lives of kids with gunshot wounds. "Injuries related to gun violence cast a grim shadow that lingers over a child's psychological and emotional life," he says.

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Dr. Mikael Petrosyan standing in operating room
Operating on a young child with gunshot wounds is the most heart-wrenching and challenging aspect of my job. It takes a heavy toll. These injuries are preventable.

— Dr. Mikael Petrosyan

Children's National trauma surgeon

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Caleb on campus at George Mason University

Grown Stronger

Caleb, a writer, had a kidney transplant at age 4. Daily dialysis and many restrictions followed kidney failure at age 11. He's grateful for a successful second transplant that allowed him to attend college. "I can be alive. I can be myself. I have a future," he says.

Dr. Christina Wiedl and patient Charlotte during a recent appointment

Caring for Our Community

Pediatric Oncologist Christina Wiedl, DO, joined Children's National in 2021 to make it easier for families throughout Virginia to get convenient, quality care. At our Fredericksburg location, she sees patients like Charlotte who receive care in a wide range of specialties.

Patient Ethan sitting on chair surrounded by many big dog stuffed animal toys

Give Back Your Own Way

Ethan always found comfort during his hospital stay in Big Dog, his favorite stuffed animal. It offered soft hugs and reminders of home when he needed it most. When Ethan was feeling better, he and his twin decided to raise funds to deliver the same comfort to other patients.

Patient Ethan sitting on chair surrounded by many big dog stuffed animal toys

Get to Know the Hospital Cure-ator

Artist-in-residence, Greg Scott, dressed in black and smiling while standing in front of painting.
Long view of hospital corridor featuring paintings hanging on blue walls
White wall featuring three paintings of pink cherry blossom flowers
Artist-in-residence, Greg Scott, Sitting alongside three additional artists
Adult female artist standing in front of a collage painting of insects in grass
Adult male artist standing next to colorful painting of balloons and panda bears
  • Greg Scott arrived 25 years ago as artist-in-residence.

  • The art he curates delivers healing and joy.

  • He engages patients, families and staff in fun, therapeutic projects.

  • Care at Children's National inspired him to work at the hospital.

  • He graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York City.

  • He has worked with many artists, including Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.


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Fund for Every Child

Gifts to this fund ensure world-class care for every patient. They allow us to pursue new opportunities and respond to unexpected challenges. See how the fund helps us deliver our best when our community needs us most.

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An elementary school aged Black female patient smiles in the hallway at Children't National.