Alberto Peña, MD, Colorectal Center

  • An International Leader in Treating Complex Colorectal Conditions

    The Peña Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s is the first and only comprehensive, multidisciplinary pediatric colorectal center in the world.  Founded by internationally renowned surgeon Alberto Peña, MD, the center is an international leader in pediatric care, research and education related to complex colorectal conditions.

    In 1980, Peña pioneered a complex reconstructive surgery called posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP), also known as the pull-through procedure, to treat anorectal malformations. Since then, this procedure has been applied to Hirschsprung disease, pelvic tumors, gynecologic and urologic conditions, and many other colorectal disorders.

    Peña and the team of colorectal surgeons have performed more than 5,000 of these procedures here and around the world for treatments of various colorectal conditions. The multidisciplinary Peña Colorectal Center performs more than 800 complex colorectal procedures each year – more than any other center in the world.

    Our team of colorectal surgeons and nurses collaborates very closely with pediatric specialists in gastroenterology, urology and gynecology at Cincinnati Children's since many children with complex colorectal disorders have associated problems in these areas and require complex collaborative care. These subspecialists are actively involved in the day-to-day care of patients in the Peña Colorectal Center and are engaged in scientific pursuits in these associated areas. This collaboration enables us to expand our quaternary care capabilities for complex colorectal reconstruction, Hirschsprung disease, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal incontinence, refractory constipation and short gut syndrome.

    The center also works regularly with colleagues in a variety of associated specialities including anesthesia, nephrology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, transplantation, fetal surgery, psychology, radiology, pathology, nutrition and child life.

    A Commitment to Lifelong Care

    At the Peña Colorectal Center, our goal is to treat pediatric colorectal diseases and to achieve the best possible functional outcome for patients and their families in order to enjoy an exceptional quality of life.  Doing so sometimes requires lifelong followup, from the time of a patient's first appointment through childhood and even into adulthood. We help children and parents prepare for the possible challenges of puberty, sexual function and childbearing as they relate to colorectal issues.

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  • The Story of the Rainbow Fish

    If you look carefully, you will notice that staff members in the  Peña Colorectal Center each wear a multicolored, fish-shaped pin. The story of the rainbow fish, as we refer to this pin, came to have special significance to our Center.

    The Story of the Rainbow Fish
  • Bowel Management Program

    The Colorectal Center's Bowel Management Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center helps patients, who are unable to anticipate or control their bowel activity, improve their quality of life.

    Bowel Management