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Robert Cowles, MD

Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics)

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Robert Cowles, MD

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Pediatric Surgery

    PO Box 208062

    New Haven, CT 06520-8062

    United States



Robert A. Cowles, MD is a Professor of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Cowles obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree at Temple University. He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and spent two additional years pursuing laboratory research which was supported by a training grant from the NIH and by a research grant from the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Cowles then obtained his pediatric surgery training at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Cowles practices the full range of pediatric surgery with specific expertise and interest in the care of children with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, liver and biliary tree. He currently co-manages patients with short gut syndrome and intestinal failure as part of a multidisciplinary team.

He has been a Program Director of Pediatric Surgery Fellowships both in New York and now at Yale University with an interest in competency in surgical education.

Dr. Cowles directs a research laboratory focused on the neural control of intestinal adaptation and neural processes involved in recovery from intestinal injury.

Meet Dr. Robert Cowles.

Education & Training

  • Clinical Fellowship
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2004)
  • Residency
    University of Michigan (2002)
  • Research Fellowship
    University of Michigan (2000)
  • Residency
    University of Michigan (1998)
  • MD
    Temple University School of Medicine (1995)

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