Robert C. Kanard, MD

Robert C. Kanard, MD, appointed chief of Pediatric Surgery at Cottage Children’s Medical Center.

Cottage Health is embracing the increasing demands for quality pediatric care. The Cottage Children’s Medical Center has opened a new Pediatric Surgery Clinic in Goleta. It’s being led by Robert C. Kanard, MD, appointed chief of Pediatric Surgery.

The new clinic provides expertise in gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, thoracic, congenital anomaly, trauma, emergency, endocrine, oncology and outpatient surgeries.

“My philosophy for treating children is rooted in being a parent,” said Kanard, among a group of fewer than 1,000 pediatric surgeons in the United States, according to the American Board of Surgery.

“I treat every child as I would want my children to be treated,” he said.

Pediatric surgery has advanced remarkably in recent years, with minimally invasive laparoscopy used in many procedures. As recovery times are expedited, children can go home sooner than before.

“I believe pediatric surgery can be painless and scarless,” said Kanard, who earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center.

He followed that with a general surgery residency at University of Louisville Medical Center; research fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

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