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  Minimally invasive surgery leader joins Children's National Medical Center
September 30, 2010

Washington, DC— Children’s National Medical Center has appointed Timothy Kane, MD, as associate chief of Clinical Affairs and program director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program in the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and as a principal investigator in the Minimally Invasive Therapy Program in the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Dr. Kane will enhance minimally invasive surgery at Children’s National through clinical practice, instruction, and research. Dr. Kane’s research through the Institute will work to improve minimally invasive surgical techniques and speed their incorporation into standard clinical care for pediatrics.

“This is an exciting time to join Children’s National and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation,” Dr. Kane said. “Children’s National and the Institute provide the support and infrastructure needed to pursue ambitious and novel ideas to advance pediatric surgery. For example, the opportunity to work side-by-side with bioengineers to develop new surgical instruments that are more appropriately sized for children’s bodies is unprecedented. That kind of research has not been well supported by the traditional market or in university settings because it is too expensive, but it is sorely needed to advance children’s surgical care.”

The Sheikh Zayed Institute, which aims to make surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free, is made possible by a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi. The Bioengineering Initiative supports those goals by harnessing the full power of science and technology to make treatment more precise.

Kurt Newman, MD, senior vice president for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care, said, “Dr. Kane is an important addition to our team of world-class surgery leaders. As one of the nation’s leading practitioners of minimally invasive surgery for children, he will lead our efforts to train current and future surgeons and help us quickly translate research findings into standard clinical care.”

“Minimally invasive techniques are part of the Institute’s broad effort to make surgery smarter, more predictable, and more precise,” Dr. Kane said. “We will provide more opportunities for surgeons who want to receive high level training and through research we’ll help develop the next generation of instruments, techniques, and training modules to further improve clinical outcomes.”

Dr. Kane comes to Children’s National Medical Center from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he was chair of the Committee on Surgical Innovation, clinical director of the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, and director of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Kane also held an appointment as Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Kane received his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and completed post graduate work at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Contact: Paula Darte: 202-476-4500.

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About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.