Children's Hospital Colorado

Dr. Alberto Peña Receives Highest Recognition for Contributions to Pediatric Surgery

Children's Hospital Colorado | June 05, 2018
Dr. Alberto Pena smiles at the camera wearing blue scrubs and a surgical cap.

Surgeon to be recognized for worldwide contributions in July

World-renowned Children’s Colorado Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Alberto Peña has been named the recipient of the 2018 American Pediatric Surgical Association (ASPA) Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement. 

Dr. Peña also has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Sir Denis Browne Gold Medal from the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons, to be conferred at their July annual meeting in England. Both awards recognize a distinctive contribution by an individual who has made a major impact on pediatric surgery worldwide.

A focus on improving the quality of life for children with congenital anomalies

Dr. Peña’s contributions have focused on improvements in medical and surgical care for patients suffering with anorectal malformations, cloacal malformations and a variety of other congenital anomalies of the pelvis, abdominal wall, Hirschsprung disease and associated urological, gynecologic and other abdominopelvic malformations.

Dr. Peña transformed colorectal treatment by introducing the posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP), also known as the “Peña Pull-Through” procedure. This method is widely used by top surgeons all over the world and has since been adapted to treat multiple conditions.

Practices developed by Dr. Peña widely accepted as global standards

He also has focused on the common problem of constipation, incontinence and other intestinal motility issues that are common consequences in children with these malformations. Dr. Peña’s contributions have resulted in a major change in how pediatric surgeons manage congenital colorectal disorders, and the results of his approaches to these problems have been widely accepted by the global pediatric community as the "standard of practice." 

“I feel extremely honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2018 Robert E. Gross Award and as the 2018 recipient of the Sir Denis Browne Gold Medal,” said Dr. Peña. “Throughout the course of my career, I’ve discovered that pediatric surgery is the most curative of all surgical specialties. I am personally aware of the suffering parents of children born with congenital anomalies go through and have made it a priority to spend attentive time and effort to console and reassure the parents of my patients. I am incredibly proud of this research and the continued efforts of my team at Children’s Colorado. I am grateful for the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and to the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons for these honors.”