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Steven Rothenberg, MD

Board Certifications: 
Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery


Education & Training

  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • Internship: Children's Hospital of the University of Colorado
  • Residency: Children's Hospital of the University of Colorado
  • Residency: Baylor Affiliated Hospitals
  • Fellowship: 1990 Broadgreen Hospital

Honors & Awards

  • SAGES: Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy, 2015
  • Best Doctors in Denver, 1997-2015
  • Best Doctors in U.S., 1998-2015
  • Denver Academy of Surgery Award, University of Colorado, 1985
  • Good Apple Teaching Award, University of Colorado, 1985
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Colorado, 1984
  • Graduation with Honors, University of Colorado, 1980
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Colorado, 1979

About Steven Rothenberg

Dr Rothenberg is the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at PSL in Denver, Co. He is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a world leader in the field of endoscopic surgery in infants and children and has pioneered many of the procedures using minimally invasive techniques.

Dr Rothenberg completed medical school and general surgery residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. He then spent a year in England doing a fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery prior to returning to the states where he completed a two year Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He returned to Colorado in 1992 where he has been in practice for over the last 20 years.

Dr Rothenberg was one of the founding members of the International Pediatric Surgical Group (IPEG) and is a past-president. He was also the Chair of the Pediatric Committee and on the Board of Directors for SAGES (The Society of American Gastro-intestinal Endoscopic Surgeons). He has authored over 180 publications on minimally invasive surgery in children and has given over 300 lectures on the subject nationally and internationally. In 2015 He received “The Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy Award” from SAGES. He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery and Advanced Surgical Technique, The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery International.

Dr Rothenberg has been married to his wife Susan for over 30 years and has three children Jessica, Catherine, and Zachary. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends most of his free time in the mountains of Colorado skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing.

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Clinical Surgery

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

  • American Medical Association, 1980-present
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, 1989-present
  • Fellow-American College of Surgeons, 1995-present
  • British Association of Pediatric Surgeons, 1991-present
  • International Pediatric Endosurgical Grp, 1996-present
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association, 1998-present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012-present

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Male

Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health


  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care


  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199


  • MagnaCare

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Contact & Locations


Selected Publications

  • Bruns NE, Irtan S, Rothenberg SS, Bogen EM, Kotobi H, Ponsky TA. Trans-Atlantic Telementoring with Pediatric Surgeons: Technical Considerations and Lessons Learned. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2016 Jan;26(1):75-8.
  • Slater BJ, Rothenberg SS, Tracheoesophageal Fistula. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jun;25(3):176-8.
  • Rothenberg S. Thoracoscopic Lobectomy in infants and children and children utilizing a 5 mm stapling device. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2016 Oct 5
  • Rothenberg SS. Karl Storz Lecture: Developing Neonatal MIS Surgery, Innovation, Techniques, and Helping An Industry To Change. Accepted J Pediatr Surg 2015 Feb ; 50 (2) 232-235
  • Rothenberg SS. Presidential Debate IPEG/BAPS 2014: Thoracoscopic vs Open TEF repair. J Pediatr Surg 2015; Feb (2) 240-246
  • Rothenberg SS. Esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal malformations. In Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery 6th Edition
  • Slater BJ, Rothenberg SS. Thoracoscopic Thoracic Duct Ligation for Congenital and Acquired Disease. 2015 J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2015 Jul;25(7):605-7
  • Two Decades of Experience with Thoracoscopic Lobectomy in Infants and Children: Standardizing Techniques for Advanced Thoracoscopic Surgery Steven S. Rothenberg, William Middlesworth, Angela Kadennhe-Chiweshe, Gudrun Aspelund, Keith Kuenzler, Robert Cowles, Lawrence Bodenstein, Saundra Kay, Kristin Shipman, Cathryn Rothenberg, Charles Stolar, Steven Stylianos. J Laproendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2015 May; 25(5) 423-8
  • Rothenberg SS, Ostlie DJ, 25th anniversary discussion with Steven S Rothenberg MD on the evolution of thoracic surgery. J Laproendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2015 Apr; 25(4):267-71
  • Ponsky TA, Rothenberg SS. Modern, multimedia, advances in surgical information. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2015 Jun;24(3):124-9
  • Slater BJ, Rothenberg SS. The management of patent ductus arteriosus and vascular rings in infants and children. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech 2015. In print
  • Rothenberg SS, Flake AW. Experience with thoracoscopic repair of long gap esophageal atresia in neonates. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech 2015 Nov 25(11) 932-5.
  • Rothenberg SS, Shipman K, Kay S, Kadenhe-Chiweshe A, Thirumoorthi A, Garcia A, Czauderna P, Kravarusic D, Freud E.. THORACOSCOPIC SEGMENTECTOMY FOR CONGENITAL AND ACQUIRED PULMONARY DISEASE; A CASE FOR LUNG SPARING SURGERY. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech. 2014 Jan; 24(1):50-4
  • Rothenberg SS, Cromblehome TM, Congenital lung malformations.. In Operative Pediatric Surgery, second edition. Ziegler, Azizkhan, Weber, Von Allmen. McGraw Hill. 2014.
  • Ponsky T, Schwachter M,Parry J, Rothenberg S, Augustad K. Telementoring: The surgical tool of the future. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2014 Aug;24(4):287-94.
  • Rothenberg SS. Thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula in neonates: The current state of the art. Pediatr Surg Int. 2014 Oct;30(10):979-85
  • Ponsky TA., Bobanga ID., Schwachter M, Stathos TH., Rosen M, Parry R, Nalugo M, Rothenberg SS. Transcontinental Telementoring with Pediatric Surgeons: Proof of Concept and Technical Considerations. J of Laparoendo & Adv Surg Tech 2014 Dec; 24 (10) 896-896
  • Rothenberg SS. Thoracoscopic Repair of Esophageal Atresia And Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula in Neonates, First Decade's Experience. Dis Esophagus. 2013 May-Jun;26(4):359-64
  • Fingeret A, Garcia A, Borczuk AC, Rothenberg SS, Aspelund G. Thoracoscopic lobectomy for type 1 pleuropulmonary blastoma in an infant. Pediatr Surg Int. 2013 Apr 16.
  • Esposito C, Ghoneimi AE, Yamataka A, Rothenberg S, et al. Work related upper linb musculoskeletal disorders in paediatric laproendoscopic surgery. A multicenter survey. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Aug;48(8):1750-6.
  • Rothenberg SS. Two Decades Experience with Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication in Infants and Children; a Critical Evaluation of Indications, Technique , and Results. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2013 Sep;23(9):791-4
  • Rothenberg SS. Thoracoscopic Repair of Esophageal Atresia and Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula in Neonates: Evolution of a Technique.. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2012 March 22 (2) 195-9
  • Davenport KP, Mollen KP, Rothenberg SS, Kane TD. Experience with endoscopy and endoscopy-assisted management of pediatric surgical problems: results and lessons. Dis Esophagus. 2012 Mar 6 :1442-2050
  • Rothenberg SS. The effect of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication on patients with severe GERD and steroid dependant asthma. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jun;47 (6): 1101-4
  • Fraga JC, RothenbergSS, Kiely E, Pierro A. Video-assisted thoracic surgery resection for pediatric mediastinal neurogenic tumors. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jul; 47(7): 1349-53