Alberto Peña, MD, Colorectal Center

  • ARMS Outreach Program

    Beginning in 1980 when Alberto Peña, MD, developed a new operation to repair congenital malformations of the anus and rectum, he and his team, including Colorectal Center Director Jason Frischer, MD, Michael Helmrath, MD, and Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, have operated on nearly 3,000 children for anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung's disease and other issues related to the bowel.

    As the only comprehensive and multidisciplinary center of its kind, the center provides treatment to patients from all over the world. In addition the center’s surgeons frequently travel to teach treatment techniques, and to assist in surgeries with doctors and nurses from around the world. The center has cared for children from 80 countries and from 50 states.



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    * Updated October 2011

    The ARMS Outreach Fund helps provide learning expenses for doctors and nurses wishing to gain experience caring for pediatric colorectal problems.

    Funds raised are used to promote and support advances regarding colorectal problems in children, including:

    • Genetics
    • Epidemiology
    • Pathophysiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Methods of treatment
    • Analysis of results
    • Treatment of sequela
    • Long-term care
    • Learning expenses for doctors and nurses wishing to gain experience caring for pediatric colorectal problems

    This is achieved by supporting research projects (clinical and laboratory) and promoting courses, publications, or learning experiences designed for health related professionals (physicians, nurses, technicians).

  • Ways to Give

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    Tribute Program

    You can make a gift to the ARMS Outreach Program to honor the memory of a loved one, to celebrate a special birthday, anniversary or graduation, or to say thank-you in a significant way.

    Your gift will contribute to the health and well-being of children and families who depend on Cincinnati Children’s for colorectal procedures and clinics.

    When we receive your gift, we will send a card notifying the honoree or family of your generosity. The amount of the gift is never revealed, and you will receive a receipt for your records.

    Online Donation

    Please visit the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center online donation page.


    Please make checks payable to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. To designate your gift, attach a note or write ARMS Outreach in the memo section on your check. ARMS Outreach is a nonprofit, tax-deductible foundation.

    Mail checks to:

    Liz Curnett
    Manager, Development Systems
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Department of Development, MLC 9002
    3333 Burnet Ave.
    Cincinnati,OH  45229-3039                           

    Credit Cards

    Cincinnati Children’s accepts the following credit cards:

    • Visa
    • Master Card
    • American Express
    • Discover

    Visit the online donation page.

    Matching Gifts

    Many companies offer a matching gift program to their employees, employees’ spouses or retirees.  Through these programs, a company will match charitable contributions made by their employees to Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit organization. Matching gift programs are a tremendous opportunity to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift. 

    Stock Transfers

    Please contact Liz Curnett in the Department of Development at Cincinnati Children’s at 513-636-4484 (office); 513-636-7173 (fax); or email to and provide the following information: 

    1. Name of broker / firm / telephone number
    2. Name of donor(s) / address / telephone number
    3. Name of company stock to be transferred
    4. Number of shares of stock
    5. Expected date of transfer
    6. Specify if gift is unrestricted or restricted
    7. Tell us whether stock is held in account or in certificate form 

    If the stock is held in account at a brokerage firm:

    1. Provide your broker with written authorization to initiate the transfer of shares to the Cincinnati Children’s account specified below. 
    2. Fax a copy of your transfer letter to Sharon Carter in Foundation and Endowment Services at Fifth Third Bank at 513-358-4753.  Or, contact Carter by phone (513-358-1874) or e-mail ( to alert her that you will be making a stock transfer to the account specified below.  Please remember to provide the name of the donor(s). 

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Fifth Third Bank
    Tax Identification Number: 31-0833936 
    DTC Number: 2116
    Account Number: 010003806932 
    Name of Donor(s)

  • How You Can Help

    Donate online, or to learn how you can support outreach efforts at the Peña Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s, contact:

    Gretchen J. Niebling, CAPPM, CPC
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 513-636-3240

  • Contact Us

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