Karl C Santiago, MD

  • Pediatrics
Karl C Santiago

I try to be an ally of the parents and caregivers – they are the experts on their child. I give them the best and safest advice that I have and work with them to implement that advice based on their values or the constraints that they face. I also try to understand what goes on at home, in school and in the community, because the child is going to spend 99% of their time in those settings and maybe 1% of their time in my office. The more I understand those situations, the more parents and I as a team are going to succeed in keeping their kids healthy.

Medical school doesn’t teach you the lessons you learn from parenthood. When my wife and I had our first child – my oldest is now 4 years old – I became a different kind of doctor. Now I can relate to the experiences that my patient’s parents are going through. I can anticipate their questions and anxieties because my wife and I have had similar experiences raising our own children. I don’t think it’s possible to ever completely put yourself in another parent’s shoes, but my role as a father definitely helps me to meet families where they are at.

Languages spoken
Hospital affiliations
MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization since 2020
Pen Bay Medical Center since 2020

Education and Credentials

Board Certification
Pediatrics, 2020
Maine Medical Center-GME, Pediatrics, 2020
Medical School
Tufts University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine (MD), 2017

Where I Provide Care

Primary Office

Pen Bay Pediatrics

15 Anchor Dr. Suite 103
Rockport, ME 04856