• New Pediatric Surgery Clinic; Dr. Robert C. Kanard Chief of Pediatric Surgery

Published on January 29, 2018

New Pediatric Surgery Clinic; Dr. Robert C. Kanard Chief of Pediatric Surgery

Cottage Children’s Medical Center has opened a new Pediatric Surgery Clinic led by Robert C. Kanard, MD, who has been appointed as Chief of Pediatric Surgery.

Robert Kanard, MD - Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Robert C. Kanard, Chief of Pediatric Surgery

The Pediatric Surgery Clinic, located at 5333 Hollister Ave. in Goleta, provides expertise in gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, thoracic, congenital anomaly, trauma, emergency, endocrine, oncology, and outpatient surgeries.

Pediatric surgery has advanced remarkably over recent years. Now, with minimally invasive laparoscopy used in many procedures, recovery times can be faster and children can go home sooner than before.

Dr. Kanard is among an elite group, as there as fewer than 1,000 pediatric surgeons in the United States, according to the American Board of Surgery. He earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, followed by a General Surgery Residency at University of Louisville Medical Center, Research Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

"I believe pediatric surgery can be painless and scarless,” Dr. Kanard explains. “My philosophy for treating children is rooted in being a parent. I treat every child as I would want my children to be treated.”

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