DR. MARÍA ALEJANDRA DE LA PEÑA, MD

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 Medicine 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.

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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

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.

Higher Education

Interventional Pain Medicine Fellow

(PGYA5)

Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care

and Pain Medicine Beth Israel Deaconess

Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Anesthesia year 3 (CAA3)

Department of Anesthesiology,

Perioperative Medicine & Pain

Medicine, University of Miami–

Miller School of Medicine

LICENSURE

  • Pain Medicine ABA certification

  • Diplomate in Anesthesiology ABA

  • Anesthesiology ABA certification

Hospital Appointments

Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

Aventura Hospital, Westside Regional Medical Center, Florida

E.R General Physician. Clinica deFracturas, Barranquilla, Colombia In charge of emergency room triage, treatment and referrals.

Medical Coordinator, First and Second Surgical Assistant in Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery, Clinica de Fracturas, Barranquilla, Colombia In charge of the

coordination of General Physicians, and surgical assistance in

Orthopedic and Plastic Surgeries

Primary Care Physician (Rural Internship) Distrisalud, Barranquilla, Colombia Primary care!physician in the area of

OB/GYN Pediatrics and Internal Medicine

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

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 urgente 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.

ABSTRACTS

October 2002 – November 2002

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

Go-phins! 

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

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