MedStar Washington Hospital Center | 20010 | MedStar Health

Welcome to our hospital

An indispensable provider of complex patient care for the region

As a not-for-profit, 912-bed academic and research center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the largest and busiest hospital in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. The hospital serves as a referral center for patients with the most complex conditions as well as a safety-net provider for residents of our immediate community.

With 400,000 annual patient visits, the Hospital Center is renowned for handling the region’s most challenging cases in such areas as trauma, burn, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and neurosurgery.

MedStar Washington offers an experienced medical/dental and surgical staff of 1,500 physicians and 350 advanced practice providers, and at any given time is leading or participating in more than 390 clinical research trials. With this level of expertise and experience, MedStar Washington attracts approximately 350 residents and fellows annually to its 40 clinical residency and fellowship programs.

Our reputation for excellence is well-earned:

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks MedStar Washington as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery.
  • Our MedSTAR Trauma Center, offering the nation’s highest level of comprehensive care for critical multiple injury, is recognized nationally for outstanding outcomes.
  • We were the first in the area to be designated by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • We offer the region’s only adult Burn Center, which has served as a national model in advanced burn care therapies.
  • Our programs in cancer, critical care, diabetes, gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology have also earned national respect.
  • Nearly 10 years ago, recognizing the vital importance of nursing professional development, MedStar Washington established the Center for Excellence in Nursing, one of the nation’s first hospital-based facilities dedicated to nursing education. And in 2017, our nursing department earned Pathway to Excellence Designation®.

Learn more about MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s highly regarded clinical services.

Visiting our hospital

In this section, we will help you find your way to our campus, located in Northwest Washington, D.C., identify which of our two parking garages you should use, and find your way to the closest hospital entrance to your appointment.

Below you will find directions to our main hospital and to our Physicians Office Building using Google Maps. In addition, you can also click on a full campus map and a set of written driving directions, both of which are printable.

Patient and visitor information

At our center, physicians, nurses, and support staff work together to find the best and most effective treatment for you. With our internationally renowned heart and vascular institute and Level I trauma center, we handle the most complex cases in the region.

In-patient experience

While you are here in the hospital, we’ll make sure your stay is as safe, pleasant, and comfortable as possible. Here’s all the information you’ll need.


MedStar Health participates with most major health insurance plans. Please contact your insurance company to make sure your plan is covered.

Meet our providers

Our physicians offer the community expert medical care through advanced technologies, treatments, research, clinical trials, and more.

Commitment to Health Equity

Health inequities reflect a complex web of systemic factors that exist nationally and can negatively impact the health of historically marginalized communities.

We believe every person deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their highest level of health, and we will be bold in addressing health inequities impacting our communities by ensuring an inclusive experience, delivering high-quality and safe care equitably, and giving support to those who face social barriers to living their healthiest life possible.

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