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Robert Cowles, MD

Pediatric Surgery, Surgery
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Patient type treated
Child, Adult
Accepting new patients
Referral required
From patients or physicians
Board Certified in
Pediatric Surgery


Robert A. Cowles, MD, practices the full range of pediatric surgery, and has specific expertise and interest in the care of children with diseases of the esophagus, liver, biliary tree, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. He performs lifesaving surgery to correct biliary atresia in babies, an otherwise fatal congenital defect, and works with a multidisciplinary team to manage patients with short gut syndrome and intestinal failure. 

Dr. Cowles, who Connecticut Magazine has listed as one of the Top Doctors in the state, says he was initially inspired to pursue pediatric surgery by mentors and colleagues. “More recently, I am inspired by the courage and resilience of the children and their families,” he says. 

An associate professor of surgery (pediatrics) at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Cowles also directs a research laboratory focused on the ability of the intestinal tract to recover from injury. He has contributed toward the development and refinement of surgical techniques that have eliminated the need for transplants in young patients with short bowel syndrome and biliary atresia.


  • Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics)

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)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Español (Spanish)

Additional Information

  • Yale Pediatric Specialty Center
    747 Belden Avenue
    Norwalk, CT, 06850
  • Yale Pediatric Specialty Center
    Greenwich Hospital
    5 Perryridge Rd
    Greenwich, CT, 06830
  • Pediatric Specialty Center
    Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
    1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion, 2nd floor
    New Haven, CT, 06504
  • Yale Surgery- Pediatric Surgery
    Park Avenue Medical Center
    5520 Park Avenue, Ste 1st Floor
    Trumbull, CT, 06611
  • Yale Pediatric Specialty Center
    Old Saybrook Medical Center
    633 Middlesex Turnpike
    Old Saybrook, CT, 06475