William P. Kanto, Jr., M.D. is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, a position he has held for more than 16 years. Dr. Kanto is also the Medical Director for the Medical College of Georgia Children’s Medical Center and has been so since 1995. Prior to becoming Chair, Dr. Kanto served 10+ years as Chief of the Section of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at MCG. From 2002 – 2007, he was Vice Dean of Special Projects for the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Faculty appointments as a neonatologist at MCG and Emory University preceded these academic and administrative appointments.
Research and special interest have included necorotizing enterocolitis, ECMO, regionalization of health care and, more recently, childhood obesity. Dr. Kanto received his M.D. from the University of Virginia, completed internship at the University of North Carolina, and pediatric residency at UVA. His fellowship in Neonatology was at the University of Michigan Medical Center.