DR. MARÍA ALEJANDRA DE LA PEÑA, MD

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Director of Fort Lauderdale Spine and Wellness Centers of America

University of Miami Graduate

Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Fellowship

Dr. María Alejandra De La Peña is a board-certified Anesthesiologist with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. She completed her residency in Anesthesiology at The University of Miami. Dr. María De La Peña continued her studies by graduating with a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management from Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After completing her training, she returned to South Florida and joined Spine and Wellness Centers of America, where she currently serves as Director of the Fort Lauderdale office. While treating patients, Dr. María Alejandra De La Peña has also taken on the role of Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Miami. María Alejandra De La Peña, MD is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the spine, musculoskeletal system, and other pain conditions. Her clinical focus combines evidence-based treatments, multidisciplinary approaches to pain, and interventional procedures to manage complex pain cases. She specializes in the field of neuromodulation and has a special interest in regenerative medicine.

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MILD® PROCEDURE

The mild® procedure provides percutaneous lumbar decompression of the spinal canal without destabilizing adjacent structures and does not involve the use of implants.

Dr. María Alejandra De La Peña is one of the few doctors in Fort Lauderdale that is certified to perform the mild® Procedure.

VERTIFLEX PROCEDURE

THE VERTIFLEX SUPERION INDIRECT DECOMPRESSION SYSTEM PROCEDURE IS AN INNOVATIVE, EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT FOR LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS. 

Our lumbar spinal stenosis specialists provide an alternative minimally invasive treatment known as Vertiflex which is currently the only FDA-approved interspinous spacer on the market and one of the most advanced evidence-based procedures transforming the lives of those who suffer from lumbar spinal stenosis. It is effective in reducing leg pain by 75% at 60 months. The success of using this small implant is revolutionizing the way spinal stenosis is being treated. Vertiflex is covered by Medicare & Medicaid.

Personal

  • Voluntary Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Medicine. University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital.
    July 2015 to present

  • Interventional Pain Medicine Spine and Wellness Center 
    April 2016 to present.

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Lydon Murtha, Miami Dolphins and Dr. María Alejandra De La Peña

LICENSURE

  • Pain Medicine ABA certification

  • Diplomate in Anesthesiology ABA

  • Anesthesiology ABA certification

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Hospital Appointments

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL

Holy Cross Physician Partners

Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

BROWARD GENERAL HOSPITAL

Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

BROWARD HEALTH IMPERIAL POINT

Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

BROWARD HEALTH NORTH

Deerfield Beach, FL

 

KINDRED SOUTH FLORIDA

Fort Lauderdale, FL

 

WESTSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Plantation, FL

 

PLANTATION GENERAL HOSPITAL

Plantation, FL

PUBLICATIONS

February 2012

Cobas M, De la Peña M. Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Book Chapter. American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, Residents’ s Guide to learning in the Intensive Care Unit, Fourth Edition.

October 2010

Miguel Cobas, Gian Paparcuri,Maria De La Pena,

Gaston Cudemus, Erik Barquist,Albert Varon. Fenoldopam in Critically Ill Patients with Early Renal Dysfunction: a Crossover Study. Cardiovascular Therapeutics: article first published online: 18 Oct 2010. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755- 5922.2010.00217.

August 2009

Cobas MA, De la Peña M.A, Manning R, Candiotti K, Varon AJ.“Prehospital intubations and mortality: A level 1Trauma center perspective”. Anesth Analg. 2009 Aug;109(2):489-93

ABSTRACTS

December 2013

Simopoulos,  T, De la Pena, M.A. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in a Patient a Rechargeable Spinal Cord Stimulator. Poster presented at NANS annual meeting, Las Vegas.

October 2010

Mijares C, De la Peña M.A, Martinez A Ruiz R, Matadial C. “Mastering fear: Few case reports of urgent reintubation in the

Prone positioned patient undergoing cervical spine extensive surgery with suboptimal ventilation: Proceed with a leak in the ETT cuff or reintubate prone? That is the question”. Poster presented at the ASA Annual Meeting. San Diego, October 2010.

August 2007

M.Cobas, K. Arheart, M. Lewis, N.Crescimone, M.A De la Peña , D. Lubarsky.“USMLE Scores and In ATraining Examination in Anesthes iology: Does it Matter?” Poster presented in IARS annual meeting, San Francisco, March 2008.

August 2007

M. Cobas, A. Varon, K. Arheart, M.A De la Peña , N. Crescimone, D. Lubarsky. “Type of Internship and ITE Performance: Does It Matter?. Poster presented in the IARS Anual meeting. San Francisco, March 2008.

PROFESSIONAL

Funded research performed:

September 2007

Study Coordinator, Elevation of Methemoglobinemia, detected by Masimo Rainbow technology, in patients with sepsis – A Phase 2 trial. Sponsored by Masimo Corporation.

October 2002 – November 2002

Investigator, Transpedicular instrumentation vs. Harrington Luque Instrumentation in the treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis in Los Andes Hospital

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