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Education & Training

  • Fellowship, 1998
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency, Otolaryngology, 1996
    State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), 1993
    St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital
  • Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), 1992
    State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • MD, 1991
    Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • BA, Microbiology, 1985
    University of Florida

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors No Va Magazine (2023)

National Provider ID: 1770673147


Maria Peña, M.D., is the co-founder and co-director of the Complex Sinusitis Program, the director of Quality Improvement and Safety for the Division of Otolaryngology and a professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her two-year Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at Children’s National Hospital in 1998 and is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Peña is nationally and internationally recognized, especially for her research on pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis. She has been awarded several NIH grants to investigate the relationship between mucus over production and inflammation characteristic of pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis. She is a reviewer for major ear, nose and throat (ENT) journals, and has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications, eight book chapters and many research abstracts. Dr. Peña is active in both the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. She has served/is serving on several national committees in both organizations.

Dr. Peña sees children with both general and complex ENT problems including pediatric sinusitis and sinonasal disorders, complex airway pathologies, obstructive sleep apnea, chronic ear disorders, ear infections, tympanic membrane perforations, tonsil and adenoid problems, and congenital and infectious head and neck masses. Her research and clinical interest include pediatric sinusitis, complex airway pathologies and quality improvement initiatives.

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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