How to Refer a Patient

Boston Children's Hospital is dedicated to making the referral process as easy and seamless as possible. Our physicians see over 2,000 international patients from approximately 165 countries each year. We have the processes and staff in place to support international physicians and families as they seek care with us.

Patients and families can initiate a second opinion request by using our Online Second Opinion program in partnership with Grand Rounds Health. This process allows for a formal review of all medical records as well as an expert recommendation from a Boston Children’s specialist. (For more information on the Online Second Opinion program, please visit our website or contact the International Center at 1-617-355-5209 or

Physicians who refer a patient to Boston Children's Hospital can track the child's progress and care using the MyPatients online application. This secure, easy-to-use portal is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring that you and your staff can retrieve up-to-the-minute patient information regardless of your location or time zone.

To arrange a referral or get a second opinion on a patient, contact the International Center at 1-617-355-5209