Robert K Kanter, MD
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
- Professor of Pediatrics
- Professor of Emergency Medicine
- Division Chief of Critical Care and Inpatient Medicine
Clinical Section Affiliations
- Pediatrics: Critical Care and Inpatient Medicine
Research Programs and Affiliations
Education & Fellowships
- Fellowship: Children's Hospital National Medical Ctr., Washington, D.C., 1980, Pediatric Critical Care
- Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, 1979
- Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, 1977
- MD: University of Pennsylvania, 1976
- Critically ill or injured children
- Health Services Research; Regionalization of pediatric acute care & hospital care; Preparedness of pediatric hospital resources for public health emergencies; Mass critical care
Specialties & Certification
- Pediatric Critical Care
Diseases & Conditions Treated
- Critical Illnesses and Injuries
- Pediatric Trauma and Critical Care
Current Hospital Privileges
- Upstate University Hospital
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Dr. Kanter’s child health services research investigates pediatric care in public health emergencies. A better understanding of the balance between potential healthcare needs of children and existing resources for their care will lead to better strategies for integrating pediatric disaster services into regional systems of care.
Recent work includes empirical observations on pediatric post-disaster health problems [1-3] and available resources . Strategies to extend available resources serving disaster surges have been explored empirically in key informant interviews [1,2], with quantitative modeling methods [5-8], and in a consensus development process . National policy recommendations follow from the evidence [10-13].
Research in progress, in collaboration with a team at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, investigates the potential need for rationing of care if disaster surges greatly exceed available resources. Quantitative modeling will explore the limits of available resources and the population outcome consequences of alternative rationing algorithms. Survey studies will determine the extent of public and professional awareness of potential rationing rules, including preferences regarding treatment of children as a priority group in an overwhelming public health emergency.
- Kanter RK; The 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado: Integration of pediatric disaster services into regional systems of care. J Pediatrics, accepted pending revisions, 2012.
- Kanter RK, Abramson D, Culp D; School mental health interventions after the 2011 Joplin tornado. Manuscript in preparation, 2012.
- Kanter RK; Child mortality after Hurricane Katrina. Disaster Med Pub Health Preparedness 2010;4:62-65.
- Kanter RK, Moran JR; Hospital emergency surge capacity: An empiric New York statewide study. Ann Emerg Med 2007;50:314-319
- Kanter RK, Moran JR; Pediatric hospital and ICU capacity in regional disasters: Expanding capacity by altering standards of care. Pediatrics 2007;119:94-100.
- Kanter RK; Strategies to improve pediatric disaster surge response: Potential mortality reduction and tradeoffs. Crit Care Med 2007;35:2837-2842.
- Kanter RK; Pediatric mass critical care in a pandemic. Pediatr Crit Care Med 2012;13:e1-4
- Kanter RK; Regional variation in critical care evacuation needs for children after a mass casualty incident. Disaster Med Pub Health Preparedness 2012, in press.
- Kanter RK, Andrake JS, Boeing NM, Callahan J, Cooper A, Lopez-Dwyer CA, Marcin JP, Odetola FO, Ryan AE, Terndrup TE, Tobin JR; A method for developing consensus on appropriate standards of disaster care. Disaster Med Pub Health Preparedness 2009;3:27-32
- Kanter RK, Cooper A; Mass Critical Care: Pediatric considerations in extending and rationing care in public health emergencies. Disaster Med Pub Health Preparedness 2009;3:S166-171.
- Bohn D, Kanter RK, et al; Supplies and equipment for pediatric emergency mass critical care, Ped Crit Care Med 2011;12:S120-7.
- Christian MD, Toltzis P, Kanter RK, et al; Treatment and triage recommendations for pediatric emergency mass critical care, Ped Crit Care Med 2011;12:S109-19.
- Barfield WD, Krug SE, Kanter RK, et al; Neonatal and pediatric regionalized systems in pediatric emergency mass critical care, Ped Crit Care Med 2011;12:128-34
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