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Second Opinions

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Our second opinions bring peace of mind

When your child is sick, finding the right path forward can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help. An expert second opinion from the #1 children’s hospital in the country will give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child’s health is in the hands of the world’s leading experts.

A second opinion from Boston Children’s Hospital can:

  • confirm your child’s diagnosis
  • help you understand your child’s treatment options
  • confirm the recommended treatment is right for your child and family

At Boston Children’s, we offer three options for getting a second opinion:

Visit our experts in person

If coming in for a visit feels like the best choice for you and your family, simply request an appointment with one of our clinicians or specialized clinics.

Get an online second opinion

When an in-person visit just isn’t possible, you can access our expertise through our Online Second Opinion Program no matter where you are. It’s simple, convenient and completely confidential. Plus, your child will receive the same expert advice from our leading clinicians without needing to leave home.

Learn about our Pediatric Diagnostic Program

Our Pediatric Diagnostic Program is designed especially for children and adolescents with complex symptoms who have not yet received a clear diagnosis for their condition. Our team of clinicians will evaluate your child and pull together the right team of specialists from across Boston Children's to diagnose and treat his or her condition.

Second opinion programs are not designed to handle medical emergencies, or provide immediate treatment guidance. If this is a medical emergency, please immediately call your local emergency service number (911 in the United States) to get prompt medical attention or go to your nearest hospital, emergency room, or urgent care center.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000 | 800-355-7944

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