Richard A. Jonas, MD

Center for Neuroscience Research and Children's National Heart Institute, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Jonas joined the staff of Children's National Medical Center in September 2004 as the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, CoDirector of the Children's Heart Institute and Cohen Funger Professor of Cardiac Surgery. He undertook his general surgical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne Australia and subsequently his cardiothoracic surgical training at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and Green Lane Hospital in Auckland New Zealand. After fellowships at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston he was appointed to the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1984. In 1994 Dr. Jonas was appointed to the William E Ladd Chair of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and became the Cardiovascular Surgeon in Chief at Children's Hospital Boston. 

Dr. Jonas has an active clinical practice in congenital cardiac surgery. He also maintains his own NIH supported laboratory research program in addition to his administrative responsibilities. He is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed publications and 2 textbooks.

In addition to his responsibilities at Children’s Hospital Dr. Jonas is a consultant to the FDA and has been a regular member of the CICS study group of the NIH. He has worked with Project Hope for more than 25 years in establishing pediatric heart surgery in Shanghai,China as well as helping with the design and development of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.

In 2005/6 Dr Jonas was the President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and in 2009/10 was President of the Congenital Heart Surgeon’s Society of North America. He was President of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery from 2016-2018.