Alberto Peña, MD, Colorectal Center

  • Ethiopia Mission Trip

    Children from all around the world come to the Peña Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s. But in February 2009, a team from Cincinnati Children’s did its own world traveling as part of a mission trip to Africa to provide up to 50 colorectal surgeries for children in need.

    From Feb. 21-28, 2009, the team conducted surgeries and provided training for local surgeons at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Their host, Dr. Miliard Derbew, a pediatric surgeon, is the dean of their medical school.

    Mission Team Members

    Members of the team from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center included:

    • Marc Levitt, MD, surgeon 
    • Cathy Bauer, RN, registered nurse
    • Sara Metz, colorectal operating room technicians
    • Alicia Davis, registered nurse
    • Julie Guttman, registered nurse
    • Tim Lee, MD, pediatric surgery fellow
    • Akilah Weber-Lashore, MD, adolescent gynecology fellow
    • Leslie Ayensu-Coker, MD, attending from adolescent gynecology
    • Anna Varughese, MD anaesthesiologist
    • Sean Barclay, nurse anesthetist

    The Smile Train Support

    An $18,000 Treatment & Education grant from the Smile Train charity covered the team's transportation costs. The Smile Train, which has provided free cleft lip and palate surgery and related treatment for over 340,000 children around the world, is expanding its support to help finance other needed surgeries in developing countries.

 
  • Surgeons operate on a patient during the mission trip to Ethiopia.

    Surgeons operate on a patient during the mission trip to Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia Mission Trip

    Surgeons operate on a patient during the mission trip to Ethiopia.

    Surgeons operate on a patient during the mission trip to Ethiopia.