Children’s National Hospital named Mary Donofrio, M.D., FAAP, FACC, FASE, as The Van Metre Companies Professor of Fetal Cardiology at Children’s National Hospital.
Dr. Donofrio serves as Medical Director of the Prenatal Cardiology Program and Critical Care Delivery Program, Director of the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship and Co-Director of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program at Children’s National. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University and is the founding and current President of the Fetal Heart Society, a non-profit organization created to advance the field of fetal cardiovascular care and science through collaborative research, education and mentorship.
About the award
Dr. Donofrio joins a distinguished group of 41 Children’s National physicians and scientists who hold an endowed chair. Professorships at Children’s National support groundbreaking work on behalf of children and their families and foster new discoveries and innovations in pediatric medicine. These appointments carry prestige and honor that reflect the recipient’s achievements and donor’s forethought to advance and sustain knowledge.
Dr. Donofrio is an international expert in fetal cardiology. She specializes in the fetal diagnosis and assessment of cardiovascular disease and the in-utero and delivery room management of newborns with complex congenital heart disease (CHD). Dr. Donofrio created an evidenced-based risk-assessment protocol for delivery room management which is now the standard of care for newborns with CHD. Dr. Donofrio has been a co-investigator on several NIH sponsored studies assessing in utero factors that influence neurodevelopmental outcome in children with CHD and more recently a study designed to minimize brain injury during heart surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass. She has published more than 130 papers, including the American Heart Association Scientific Statement on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Cardiac Disease.
The Van Metre Companies, through their vision and generosity, are ensuring that Dr. Donofrio and future holders of this professorship will launch bold, new initiatives to rapidly advance the field of fetal cardiology, elevate our leadership and improve the lifetimes of children with special hearts.
About the donors
For the past 65 years, Van Metre Companies has remained one of the Greater Washington D.C. area’s most successful, private, multi-faceted real estate developers. Albert G. Van Metre, the founder of Van Metre Companies, established a tradition of philanthropy focused on local charities. As a homegrown business, perpetuating that legacy of local giving is both a responsibility and a source of pride. The Van Metre Companies Professor of Fetal Cardiology honors Albert G. Van Metre’s memory by continuing this tradition of commitment to the community they call home.
The Van Metre Companies hosts the Annual Van Metre 5K Run in support of Children’s National, a longstanding tradition that has raised nearly $3 million in the past 30 years. In 2010, Children’s National dedicated the Van Metre Companies Cardiovascular Surgery Operating Room, a state-of-the-art cardiovascular surgery suite which was funded through the Annual Van Metre 5K Run. They also established The Van Metre Companies Professorship in Cardiology held by Charles Berul, M.D., Chief of Cardiology and Co-director of Children’s National Heart Institute.