The Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the most comprehensive pediatric colorectal centers in the world. We work together towards a common goal – to help your child achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life. All of the services and support your family needs is available here under one roof. Our surgeons and nurses work closely with our pediatric specialists in gastroenterology, gynecology, psychology, urology and nutrition to provide truly comprehensive care for patients.

Our team has more than ten years of collaborative experience treating children from around the world: 

  • The team cares for more than 700 patients each year.
  • Our surgeons perform approximately 500 colorectal procedures each year. 
  • Our monthly outpatient Bowel Management Program has helped thousands of children with colorectal conditions.
  • Our center has treated children from 88 countries and all 50 states. More than 60% of our patients travel from outside our immediate geographic area.

Founded in 2005 by renowned surgeon Alberto Peña, the center is an international leader in pediatric care, research and education related to complex colorectal conditions. Dr. Peña revolutionized the treatment of pediatric colorectal patients in 1980, when he introduced a surgical procedure called the posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP), or pull-through procedure. Since then, this complex reconstructive surgery has been adapted to the treatment of Hirschsprung disease, gynecologic and urologic conditions, pelvic tumors and other colorectal disorders.