Richard  Jonas Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Richard Jonas

Chief, Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director, Children's National Heart Institute
Children's National Medical Center

Dr. Jonas is the chief of congenital cardiac surgery at Children's Hospital in Washington DC. He undertook his medical school and surgical training in Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Boston. He was chief of cardiac surgery at Children's Hospital Boston until 2004. In addition to his busy clinical practice Dr Jonas conducts NIH supported research and educates surgical fellows.

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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 was educated at St. Peter's College and attended the University of Adelaide Medical School in Adelaide South Australia.  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 and clinical research programs in addition to his administrative responsibilities.  He is the author of over 350 peer-reviewed publications and 4 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 is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings.  He has worked with Project Hope for more than 20 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 which is the principal organization representing cardiothoracic surgeons in North America.  He is also past President of the Congenital Heart Surgeon’s Society of North America.  He is currently Vice President of World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.

Dr. Jonas’ wife Katherine Vernot-Jonas is an architect in Georgetown.  They live in Washington DC and have three children Andrew, Michael and NicoleSofia.


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Dr. Jonas Describes Life-Saving Heart Surgeries on Fox's Bret Baier's Son

Published: Jul 09, 2014 by Market Wired
Authors: Dr. Jonas, CRC Press
Subjects: Medicine

In the interview, Dr. Jonas discusses the challenges involved in operating on children with congenital heart defects (CHDs) and the result that can be achieved. He highlights developments in diagnostic methods and corrective techniques during the last decade.



Bret Baier Interviews Dr. Richard Jonas

Published: Jul 09, 2014

Dr. Jonas is chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and co-director of the Children's National Heart Institute. He is a world-renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon specializing in optimizing the developmental and cognitive outcomes of patients after surgery for congenital heart disease. He is a pioneer of corrective surgery, personally performing more than 350 complex congenital reconstructive procedures annually. Dr. Jonas has performed three open-heart surgeries on Paul Baier.