April 17, 2015
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Chief of Pediatric Surgery Recognized at Society for American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting
Steve Rothenberg, MD, Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, was recently honored as the “SAGES Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy” for 2015 at the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons annual scientific meeting.
This award of high merit is given periodically to a physician whose efforts have substantively changed and improved the field of endoscopy. Past recipients include pioneering surgeons who have developed new surgical techniques, created innovative instruments or have fostered the growth of minimally invasive surgery through mentoring and clinical education. (These include Dr. Karl Storz, founder of Storz endoscopy, Dr. Leon Hirsch, founder of US Surgical, and Dr. Robert Anderson, founder of Valleylab in Boulder.)
"As I have come to know and respect the marvelous work that Dr. Rothenberg does at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, I have also developed a deep appreciation for his role as a teacher, mentor and leader in his field," said Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children & Presbyterian/St. Luke's CEO Maureen Tarrant.
Dr. Rothenberg has performed many of the first surgeries in the world using endoscopic/minimally-invasive techniques and developed many of the ones that are in use today. He has performed the first thoracoscopic repair of a tracheo-esophageal atresia, in a neonate, the first thoracoscopic lobectomy in a child in the world and first duodenal atresia repair in an infant in the US.
He trains other surgeons throughout the US and is a Professor of Surgery at Columbia University in New York where he teaches regularly. He also teaches extensively internationally and continues research to document the clinical outcomes of the minimally invasive surgical approach.
Dr. Rothenberg has led the study and development of techniques for minimally invasive surgery for congenital disease in neonates, especially in the treatment of congenital lung disease and esophageal atresia. Additionally, he has worked with National Jewish Health in Denver to study the relationship between gastric reflux (GERD) and reactive airway disease in children.
"We are very fortunate to have Dr. Rothenberg as a colleague and distinguished clinician, and we are delighted to share news of his terrific honor," Tarrant says.