Kenneth W. Gow, MD, is the new chief of Pediatric Surgery in Stony Brook Medicine’s Department of Surgery, and he has been elected chair of the Pediatric Surgical Subspecialties Alliance of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Dr. Gow joins Stony Brook after 16 years at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he was a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon; professor of Surgery (at the University of Washington); co-medical director, Vascular Access Service; and medical advisor, Medical Executive Committee. His long, distinguished career has earned him accolades as a pediatric surgeon, healthcare administrator, medical director, surgical strategist and national leader. He has also been recognized with several regional and national awards, including being named a Top Doctor by the esteemed Castle Connolly Top Doctors list since 2011.
“Stony Brook Children’s Hospital is in a unique time in its history as it defines its next steps towards delivering outstanding care to the children of the region,” said Dr. Gow. “I was intrigued by the opportunity to join in these efforts and help expand services to the region. Such opportunities to bring meaningful change is something that I have looked for throughout my career. The leadership team has and will continue to work diligently in strategically placing us in a position to maximize our resources and to fulfill the promise of every child receiving the best care possible in the region.”
Dr. Gow earned his bachelor of science degrees (1987 and 1991) and medical degrees (1991) from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; his master of science (surgery, 1997) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; and a master of healthcare administration (2020) from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He completed a rotating internship at the University of Manitoba, a general surgery residency at the University of British Columbia, a pediatric general surgery fellowship at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and a pediatric surgical oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.
“When my pediatric surgical career began two decades ago, the landscape of the field was very different, as most chose this path as it was the last ‘general’ surgical field since the rest of the specialties had fragmented into distinct silos,” said Dr. Gow. “However, pediatric surgery has also now evolved similarly with sub-specializations. I too embarked on a journey in focusing on pediatric surgical oncology, finding success locally and nationally. Helping shape the standardized surgical oncologic care was extremely fulfilling and helped steer me towards quality improvement as a focus area. As my career evolved, I began to start looking more broadly at the healthcare system. I chose to gain more insight through a public health lens, obtaining formal training in healthcare administration. This has given me an appreciation of how the healthcare system can be adjusted to deliver better care to children over a region. I have been fortunate to lead national groups where we are trying to improve access to surgical care for children.”
The AAP has elected Dr.Gow as the new chair of the Pediatric Surgical Subspecialties Alliance. Commenting on his election, the AAP said, “We look forward to Dr. Gow providing as strong a voice for children needing surgical care in our country as he does for those in the community of Long Island.”
The alliance organizes the efforts of all surgical and related sectors of the AAP. Dr. Gow’s position will allow him to advance the cause for pediatric surgical needs with the AAP Board. This will include such issues as children and gun violence, insurance coverage, the development of new and innovative surgical devices, and improvements in trauma care.
— Dan Olawski, Department of Surgery