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.