Leader in Medicine

Heidi Appel


The American Health Council is proud to honor Heidi Appel, MD as “America’s Best Doctor” for her unparalleled contributions to the pediatric field through practice and education. Dr. Appel maintains an active schedule as she currently serves as both director of the Transport Program and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. While she has held the latter role for 20 years, Dr. Appel has spent the last 24 years gaining expertise in pediatric critical care medicine, pediatric sedation, pediatric transport and education.

Dr. Appel decided to pursue a career in the healthcare industry during high school after the death of a close friend. She enrolled at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and earned a medical degree in 1991, and later completed a dual internship and residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1994. In 1995, she became board certified by the American Board of Pediatricsin pediatrics, and by 1999, she completed a pediatric pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program at Northwestern University. The following year, she became board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatric critical care.

Her passion to improve children’s health and well-being led her to the Georgetown University Medical Center and the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, where she consults with patients and spends time in the intensive care unit. She performs radiology procedures and makes rounds with her teams throughout the hospitals. Dr. Appel’s rewarding career is a result of her work ethic and passion for her profession. While she pours an immense amount of effort into her professional career, she ensures to also maintain a balance between her career and personal life. She credits her husband as her inspiration to preserve that balance as he also maintains the same balance between a challenging, yet successful career and an active family life. Among her myriad achievements, Dr. Appel is most proud of her husband, daughter and son.

To continue to evolve in the healthcare industry, Dr. Appel is a member of several professional associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) Network. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving and donating to local food banks and school-related services. Dr. Appel plans to continue to excel in her career by expanding her patient population and assisting further with pediatric auto-immune neurological disorders.

  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Department and Director of the Transport Program at Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital 
    • MedStar Health has 30,000 associates & 6,000 affiliated physicians support MedStar’s patient-first philosophy of care, compassion, clinical excellence, and customer service.
    • MedStar proudly cares for more than half a million patients each year across Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region in its hospitals, urgent care and ambulatory care facilities, and physician offices.
    • Healthcare professionals are committed to MedStar’s not-for-profit mission and remain dedicated to reinvesting in the health and wellness of all the communities they serve.

    Source: www.medstargeorgetown.org