Thursday, September 30, 2010

Leader in Minimally Invasive Surgery Joins Sheikh Zayed Institute

Dr. Timothy Kane has joined the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation as a principal investigator in the Minimally Invasive Therapy Program in the Bioengineering Initiative. He is also associate chief of clinical affairs and program director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program in the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care.

“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.”

Dr. Kurt Newman, senior vice president at the Sheikh Zayed Institute and 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.”

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. Read the news release.