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Children's National Appoints New Chief of Surgery

Washington, DC —Children’s National Medical Center has named Timothy Kane, MD, as Chief of the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery . Dr. Kane has been at Children’s National since August of 2010. He is an internationally known pediatric surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Kane is a Principal Investigator in the Minimally Invasive Therapy Program in the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. He serves as the America’s Representative on the executive committee of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group, the premier worldwide organization for advancing minimally invasive surgery in children. 

“I’m honored to lead a team of surgeons who are among the best in the world,” said Dr. Kane, who began his new role in July. “With our forward-thinking research in the Sheikh Zayed Institute and our outstanding clinicians, Children’s National is well positioned to lead the field of pediatric surgery, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of kids.” 

Dr. Kane has worked to improve minimally invasive surgical techniques and speed their incorporation into standard clinical care for pediatrics. He is a leader in neonatal minimally invasive surgery and is often able to repair complex diagnoses – including tracheosophageal fistula, duodenal atresia, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and intestinal malrotation – using minimally invasive surgical techniques.  

“Tim Kane’s leadership as a clinician, educator and researcher are true assets to our patients and the larger community,” said Anthony Sandler, MD, Senior Vice President of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National. “I am confident Dr. Kane will continue to advance the field of pediatric surgery, which will impact children worldwide.”

In addition to his role as a surgeon, Dr. Kane directs the Fellowship Program in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s National. He has trained many fellows who have gone on to be leaders in minimally invasive surgery in pediatrics. 

Dr. Kane received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and completed post graduate work at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Kane replaces Dr. Sandler, who was recently named Senior Vice President of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care. The position of Senior Vice President was previously held by Kurt Newman, MD, who is now President and CEO at Children’s National. 

Contact: Emily Dammeyer or Emily Hartman at 202-476-4500.

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