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.

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 and behavioral medicine to provide comprehensive, well-coordinated care for patients. We recently added two pediatric colorectal surgeons to our team, bringing our total to four. This means more availability for clinic appointments and surgeries, and even more expertise to help kids with colorectal disorders.

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 #5 in the country 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.