Robert Kanard, MD

Robert Kanard, MD

Dr. Kanard, our Medical Director for Pediatric Surgery worked his way west from Cheyenne, Wyoming. He started out as an English Lit major, and we believe has the distinction of being the only member of our faculty to be a playwright, having written a one-woman play about Penelope, the wife of Ulysses. He taught English in Tokyo for three years, became fluent in Japanese and traveled extensively in Asia. Somewhere in all of this, he changed gears and became a pediatric surgeon.

In what spare time he has (as Dr. Kanard put it: “Is that still a thing?”) he enjoys playing with his children, baking, and cycling.

Medical School

Saint Louis University School of Medicine


General Surgery, University of Louisville


  • Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Mantional Medical Center
  • Research, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Clinical Areas of Interest/Expertise

Minimally invasive surgery, pediatric and adolescent bariatric surgery, chest wall reconstruction, congenital defects of the chest and abdomen, vascular malformations, surgical oncology, trauma and gun violence

Selected Awards and Recognitions

  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition “In honor of being a first responder to gun violence”
  • California State Legislature Certificate of Recognition for “Bringing awareness to gun violence as a public health issue”
  • Judson G. Randolph Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery
  • Rodney M. Coe MD with Distinction in Community Service Award
  • Eagle Scout

Community Service Activities

  • First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara Pastor Nominating Committee
  • First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara Youth Ministry Committee
  • Turkish Government Health System, Izmir, Turkey; Medical volunteer

Selected Publications

R Sharma, A Johnson, S Kaminski, R Kanard. Towards a More Intelligent Model of Providing Pediatric Trauma Care: Identifying Temporal Variations in Trauma Team Activations. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open (Accepted August, 2020)

E Ramirez, N Marinsek, B Bradshaw, R Kanard, L Foschini. Continuous Digital Assessment for Weight Loss Surgery Patients. Digit Biomark, 4(1):13-20, 26 Mar 2020

C Aprahamian, H Nashad, N Disomma, B Elger, J Esparaz, T McMorrow A Shadid, A Kao, M Holterman, R Kanard, R Pearl. Treatment of subcutaneous abscesses in children with incision and loop drainage: A simplified method of care. J Ped Surg, 52(9):1438-1441, Sep 2017

A Ejaz, P Patel, R Gonzalez-Heredia, P Quadri, L Sanchez-Johnsen, E Elli, R Kanard. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy as First-Line Surgical Treatment for Morbid Obesity Among Morbidly Obese Adolescents. J Ped Surg, 52(4):544-548, Apr 2017

Contact Us

Cottage Children's Medical Center

Cottage Children's Pediatric Residency Program

Phone: 805-569-7464
Fax: 805-569-8358

400 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Program Coordinator, Sabrina Orfalea, email: