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Meet Your Care Team

In addition to state-of-the-art cardiac surgery and angioplasty, the NIH Heart Center offers patients easy access to advanced cardiovascular therapies, provides training for the next generation of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, and through groundbreaking research, contributes to improvements in the treatment of cardiac disease worldwide.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

A cardiothoracic surgeon is a doctor with specialized training in heart, lung and vascular surgery. Your cardiac surgeon at Suburban Hospital will direct all of your hospital care. Your surgeon is a highly skilled professional who has performed thousands of cardiac procedures. The surgeon is always available to your patient care team.


A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Cardiologists can perform noninvasive procedures such as treadmill stress testing, echocardiography and nuclear imaging. Some cardiologists perform invasive procedures that include cardiac interventions and angioplasty.


Intensivists are board-certified physicians in adult critical care medicine. Suburban Hospital has an intensivist available 24 hours a day. With your surgeon and other medical staff, they manage your day-to-day medical needs.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical nurse specialists are specialized registered nurses who have earned a master's degree. They provide education to both patients and staff.

Cardiothoracic Nurse

Cardiothoracic nurses are highly trained registered nurses who specialize in the care of cardiac patients.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed advanced training in assessment and diagnosis and hold a master's degree. They assist your physician in directing your plan of care.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists are health care professionals who specialize in breathing and lung issues.

Research Nurse

The National Institutes of Health-Suburban Hospital collaboration allows both institutions to advance their research efforts. A nurse specially trained in clinical study management coordinates the program. If you qualify for a study, you may be invited to participate. Participation is strictly voluntary. To reach the research coordinator, call 301-896-3775.

Case Manager

Case managers work with the medical team to develop a plan of care for your hospitalization. They also work with private insurance companies and federal and state agencies that help pay for your hospital care to ensure that guidelines are met.

Social Worker

Social workers facilitate the discharge planning process. When needs are identified, they can refer you on to a skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehabilitation facility, outpatient rehabilitation service or home care agency. They also link you with community agencies and services that provide you support.

Pastoral Care

The hospital chaplain provides pastoral care for all patients on request by calling x3178. Your personal clergy are welcome to visit you at any time.

Clinical Pharmacist

Clinical pharmacists are registered pharmacists who work closely with your medical team to ensure your most effective medication plan. They also provide medication education to you and your family.

Registered Dietitian

Suburban Hospital's registered dietitians are the leading experts in nutrition and an integral part of your health care team. They review your case and monitor you for any nutrition-related issues. Dietitians also provide education on special diets, food interactions and other nutrition-related topics. An outpatient dietitian is available for follow-up after discharge. 

Food and nutrition play an important part in your recovery. Suburban Hospital's "at your request" room-service style meal plan offers a wide array of food choices and meets dietary preferences or restrictions, including kosher, vegetarian and diabetic diets, among others. Hours of service are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. To place a meal order, call x3663. Family members may also place orders for patients unable to order by calling 301-896-3663.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff

Our cardiac rehabilitation program is a behavior-modification program designed to teach people how to exercise safely, maintain a heart healthy diet and manage stress. Cardiac Rehabilitation has a staff of exercise physiologists, registered nurses, dietitians, health educators and mental health professionals. The three phases of cardiac rehab cover inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and an exercise and support program. The exercises are conducted in a medically supervised setting.


HeartWell is a community-based program sponsored by Suburban Hospital for patients with cardiovascular disease. The program helps participants monitor the disease and manage symptoms and seeks to prevent readmission to the hospital and maintain an individual's functional status. 

HeartWell services are free of charge and offered in clinics in several area senior centers. For more information, call 301-896-6500.