Charles Berul

Senior Pediatric Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist | Tenured Professor of Pediatrics and Bioengineering

Children’s National Hospital | George Washington University School of Medicine

About Charles Berul, MD, FHRS, CEPS-P

Charles Berul, MD is a senior pediatric cardiologist/electrophysiologist at Children’s National Hospital and tenured professor of Pediatrics and Bioengineering at George Washington University School of Medicine. He was the division chief of Cardiology and co-director of the Children’s National Heart Institute from 2009-2023. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology from Bucknell University in 1984 and M.D. from University of Maryland in 1988. Dr. Berul completed Pediatrics residency at Yale, followed by fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology and Electrophysiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was the director of the Pacemaker and Defibrillator Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School until moving to lead the Children’s National Cardiology program in 2009. Dr. Berul holds the endowed chair Van Metre Companies Professorship in Cardiology.

Dr. Berul is actively involved in key organizations such as the Heart Rhythm Society, the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and Pediatric and Congenital EP Society (PACES), of which he was past president. Dr. Berul has mentored dozens of trainees and advocates for young investigators and clinician-scientists. Over the past 3 decades, his research focus and passion is to develop novel minimally-invasive approaches to the heart and improving methods for pediatric pacing and defibrillation. Dr. Berul has more than 300 publications and is an invited speaker nationally and internationally in the areas of pediatric cardiac electrophysiology and miniaturized device development.