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Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Otolaryngology, 1998
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Otolaryngology, 1996
    SUNY @ Buffalo School of Med
  • Residency Program, General Surgery, 1993
    St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
  • Internship Program, General Surgery, 1992
    SUNY @ Buffalo School of Med
  • MD, 1991
    Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • BA, Microbiology, 1985
    University of Florida

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

National Provider ID: 1770673147


Maria Peña, M.D., is a professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her otolaryngology residency training at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996, and a two year Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Children’s National Hospital in 1998. She joined the faculty at Children’s National after fellowship and has developed a large clinical practice managing children with rhinologic, otologic and airway disorders.

She has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications, eight book chapters and multiple research and clinical abstracts. Dr. Peña is nationally recognized for her research on pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis and has been awarded several NIH grants to investigate the relationship between mucus over production and inflammation characteristic of pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis. She developed a complex sinusitis program at Children’s National Hospital and is the co-director of the Complex Sinusitis Clinic. Dr. Peña is active in both the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation, and has served/is serving on several national committees in both organizations.

Research & Publications

Acute Airway Distress from Endotracheal Intubation Injury in the Pediatric Aerodigestive Tract

(2004) Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

(1997) Oat Cell Carcinoma of the Trachea in an Adolescent Aids Patient

American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

(2002) Acute Airway Distress from Endotracheal Intubation Injury in the Pediatric Aerodigestive Tract

Cervical Lymphatic Aneurysm An Unusual Neck Mass

(2000) American Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery

Expression Profiling of Inflammatory Mediators in Pediatric Sinus Mucosa

(2008) Archives of Otolaryngology

Immunihistochemical Analyses of MUC5AC Mucin Expression in Sinus Mucosa of Children with Sinusitis and Controls

(2005) Annals Of Otology Rhinology and Laryngology

Immunohistochemical Analysis of Nasal and Sinus Epithelium in Atopic and NonAtopic Children with Chronic Sinusitis

(1996) American journal of Rhinology

Immunohistochemical Analysis of Nasal and Sinus Epithelium in Atopic and NonAtopic Children with Chronic Sinusitis

(1998) Rhinology and Nasal Allergy Yearbook

Localization and Expression of MUC5B and MUC7 Mucins in Pediatric Sinus Mucosa

(2007) Annals of Otology Rhinology and Laryngology

MUC7 Mucin Glycoprotein is Present in Airway secretions of Asthmatic but not Control Patients

(2003) American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Non Surgical Management of Tracheoinnominate Fistula in the Pediatric Population

(2007) Archives of Otolaryngology

Perioperative Airway Complication Following Pharyngeal Flap Palatoplasty

(2000) Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology

Retained Ventilation Tubes Should They Be Removed at 2 Years

(2002) Archives of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

The Effect of Intranasal Fentanyl on the Emergence Characteristics After Sevoflurane Anesthesia in Children Undergoing Surgery for Bilateral Myringotomy Tube Placement

(2001) Anesthesia & Analgesia

Undifferentiated Sinonasal Carcinoma in a Patient with Nevoid Basel Cell Carcinoma Syndrome

(2007) International Journal of Surgical Pathology

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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