The Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s is the longest-running center of its kind in the United States, offering personalized, comprehensive care for children with colorectal conditions.

The Colorectal Center was founded by Dr. Alberto Peña, who revolutionized the treatment of pediatric colorectal patients more than 40 years ago when he introduced a surgical procedure called the posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP), or pull-through procedure. Innovation is still a hallmark of our center, where we use the latest technology and techniques to help patients with complex colorectal conditions. Examples include a procedure called sacral nerve stimulation, and our popular one-week Bowel Management Program, which helps about 250 children a year achieve better bowel control.

The Colorectal Center is part of the hospital’s division of Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, which is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Over the years, we have treated children from 88 countries and all 50 states—in fact, more than 60 percent of our patients travel to our center from outside our immediate geographic area. Here, families find a caring team that is passionate about helping their child experience the best quality of life possible now and in the future.

A supportive environment

All of the services and support your family needs is available here under one roof. Our experienced surgeons and nurses work closely with pediatric specialists in gastroenterology, gynecology, urology, nutrition, behavioral medicine and pelvic floor physical therapy to provide comprehensive, well-coordinated care for patients. The team communicates frequently about each child’s care and makes decisions together, providing families with one cohesive treatment plan. We schedule clinic appointments and tests in a coordinated way so that visits are as convenient and efficient as possible.

Over time we develop close relationships with patients, many of whom return to our center for long-term follow-up care. We encourage families to share their ideas, concerns and questions to help us better understand their child’s needs.

We are dedicated to:

  • Understanding your family’s goals for treatment
  • Including you in decisions about your child’s care
  • Building a strong relationship with your family that is based on trust
  • Answering your questions and providing reassurance
  • Listening to your concerns, even if an immediate solution isn’t available

Online Second Opinions

Our nationally-recognized colorectal specialists provide online second opinions to families. They will review your case and answer specific questions about a diagnosis or treatment options. It’s easy, convenient, and secure. Plus, you don’t have to leave home. Our case manager will collect your medical records and guide you through the process. 

Dedicated, caring nurses

Our physicians have a strong, personal commitment to each patient’s well-being and are integrally involved in their care. But just as important to the patient experience are our nurses, who have a high level of expertise in pediatric colorectal medicine. Your child’s nurse will become your “go to” person at the Colorectal Center, available in clinic, by phone and by email to answer your questions and provide support every step of the way.

Colorectal nurse with patient.