Luis De La Torre-Mondragon, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery-Peds Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, National Autonomous University Of Mexico (1988)
Languages: Spanish, English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery

Professional Titles

  • Pediatric Colorectal Surgeon

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused on long-term outcomes of patients born with Hirschsprung disease, imperforate anus, cloaca anomaly, idiopathic constipation, and colorectal problems. The surgical reconstruction and associated malformations. I also believe in education and helping other countries to achieve excellence upon treatment of these conditions.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor (2019)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
    Pediatric Colorectal Surgery; Hirschsprung Disease; Anorectal and Urogenital Malformations (imperforate anus, cloaca, cloacal exstrophy, vaginal agenesis); Total Colonic Aganglionosis; Bowel Management (fecal incontinence and idiopathic constipation).

Publications

  • Bischoff A, Hayes K, Guimaraes C, Merritt A, Wickham M, Schneider L, Martin H, Ketzer J, Rodriguez V, Peña A, De La Torre L. Standardization of radiograph readings during bowel management week. Pediatr Surg Int. 2023 Jul 20;39(1):236. PubMed PMID: 37468717
  • Wehrli LA, Reppucci ML, De La Torre L, Ketzer J, Rieck JM, Cooper EH, Judd-Glossy L, Peña A, Bischoff A. Gastrointestinal quality of life and bowel function in adults born with anorectal malformation and hirschsprung disease. Pediatr Surg Int. 2023 Jul 18;39(1):234. PubMed PMID: 37464109
  • Domínguez-Muñoz A, De La Torre L, Santos-Jasso K, Schneider L, Merritt A, Wickham M, Ketzer J, Rodriguez V, Peña A, Bischoff A. Identifying predictive factors for bowel control in patients with spina bifida and spinal cord injuries. Pediatr Surg Int. 2023 Jul 11;39(1):231. PubMed PMID: 37432519
  • Domínguez-Muñoz A, Bischoff A, Wehrli LA, Judd-Glossy L, Schneider L, Merritt A, Wickham M, Ketzer J, Rodriguez V, Peña A, De La Torre L. Radiologically supervised bowel management program outcome in patients with chronic idiopathic constipation. Pediatr Surg Int. 2023 Jul 10;39(1):229. PubMed PMID: 37428259
  • Wehrli LA, Reppucci ML, Woodfield K, Ketzer J, Rieck JM, Cooper EH, De La Torre L, Pena A, Bischoff A, Alaniz VI. Fertility concerns and outcomes in females with anorectal malformations. Pediatr Surg Int. 2023 Jul 9;39(1):228. PubMed PMID: 37422894
  • Wehrli LA, Reppucci ML, Ketzer J, Dominguez-Muñoz A, Cooper EH, Peña A, Bischoff A, De La Torre L. Incidence of medullary thyroid carcinoma and Hirschsprung disease based on the cosmos database. Pediatr Surg Int. 2023 Jul 7;39(1):227. PubMed PMID: 37418029
  • Olivos M, Garcia V, De la Torre L. Evaluation of user satisfaction in parents or caregivers of pediatric patients with colorectal pathology in the use of telemedicine. JPS Open. 2023 Dec;4:100060. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yjpso.2023.100060
  • De la Torre L, Dominguez A, Arnold M, Lovell M, Martinez D, Bischoff A, Wehrli L. Histological transitional zone pull-through in Hirschsprung disease. Postoperative functional results and current recommendations. Bol Med Hosp Infant Mex. 2023;80(6) DOI:10.24875/BMHIM.23000050
  • Wehrli L, Reppucci M, Stevens J, Arnold M, Lovell M, Zornoza M, Bischoff A, De la Torre L . Should we perform a Hirschsprung redo pull-through on patients with retained transition zone? JPS Open. 2023;(3)100058. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yjpso.2023.100058
  • De la Torre L, Bischoff A. How Constipation can be Misdiagnosed as Hirschsprung Disease in ARM Patients. PTN magazine 2023. https://www.pullthrunetwork.org/ptn-articles
  • Reppucci ML, De La Torre L, Pickett K, Wehrli L, Nolan MM, Ketzer J, Bischoff A. Social media communities for patients and families affected by congenital pediatric surgical conditions. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Jul;38(7):1047-1055. PubMed PMID: 35588326
  • Reppucci ML, De La Torre L, Peña A, Judd-Glossy L, Pickett K, Ketzer J, Bischoff A. The use of social media among the pediatric colorectal community. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Jan;38(1):43-50. PubMed PMID: 34554295
  • Reppucci ML, Alaniz VI, Wehrli LA, Torre L, Wood D, Wilcox DT, Appiah LC, Peña A, Bischoff A. Reproductive and family building considerations for female patients with anorectal and urogenital malformations. J Pediatr Surg. 2022 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 36229236
  • Vargas MC, Wehrli LA, Louiselle A, Ketzer J, Reppucci ML, Juddy-Glossy L, Alaniz VI, Wilcox DT, Wood DN, Peña A, De La Torre L, Bischoff A. Do adult patients with congenital colorectal conditions know their diagnosis?. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1723-1728. PubMed PMID: 36129533
  • Wehrli LA, Reppucci ML, Ketzer J, de la Torre L, Peña A, Bischoff A. Stricture rate in patients after the repair of anorectal malformation following a standardized dilation protocol. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1717-1721. PubMed PMID: 36107235
  • Wehrli LA, Bischoff A, De La Torre L, Reppucci ML, Ketzer J, Peña A, Alaniz VI. Pelvic exams and cervical cancer screening in patients with anorectal malformations. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1681-1684. PubMed PMID: 36107236
  • Reppucci ML, Wehrli LA, Wilcox D, Ketzer J, Pena A, de la Torre L, Bischoff A, Wood D. Patient-reported urinary outcomes in adult males with congenital colorectal conditions. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1709-1716. PubMed PMID: 36151341
  • Reppucci ML, Wehrli LA, Wilcox D, Ketzer J, Pena A, de la Torre L, Bischoff A, Wood D. Sexual function and fertility of adult males with anorectal malformations or Hirschsprung disease. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1693-1699. PubMed PMID: 36151340
  • Reppucci ML, Nolan MM, Cooper E, Wehrli LA, Schletker J, Ketzer J, Peña A, Bischoff A, De la Torre L. The success rate of antegrade enemas for the management of idiopathic constipation. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1729-1736. PubMed PMID: 36107238
  • Reppucci ML, Wehrli LA, Schletker J, Nolan MM, Rieck J, Fares S, Ketzer J, Rove K, Pena A, de la Torre L, Bischoff A. The effect of an enhanced recovery protocol in pediatric patients who undergo colostomy closure and Malone procedures. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1701-1707. PubMed PMID: 36098796
  • Judd-Glossy L, Ariefdjohan M, Ketzer J, Wehrli LA, Pena A, de la Torre L, Bischoff A. Long-term outcomes of adult patients following surgery for congenital colorectal conditions: analysis of psychosocial functioning. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Dec;38(12):1685-1692. PubMed PMID: 36127514
  • De la Torre. Current management of idiopathic constipation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y29egGqlXco&t=44s
  • De la Torre. Obstructive problems after Hirschsprung pull-through. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6EboUIWolw&t=7s
  • De la Torre, L. How Constipation can be Misdiagnosed as Hirschsprung Disease in ARM Patients PTN magazine
  • Hall J, Schletker J, Judd-Glossy L, Edmonds T, Krause A, Simmons H, Ketzer J, Peña A, De la Torre L, Bischoff A. A review of adopted colorectal patients: a parent's perspective. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Apr;37(4):431-435. PubMed PMID: 33475771
  • Schletker J, Wiersch J, Ketzer J, Edmonds T, Krause A, Simmons H, Peña A, De La Torre L, Bischoff A. An overview of opioid usage and regional anesthesia for patients undergoing repair of anorectal malformation. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Apr;37(4):457-460. PubMed PMID: 33415489
  • Judd-Glossy L, Ariefdjohan M, Ketzer J, Curry S, Schletker J, Edmonds T, Krause A, Simmons H, Pena A, De La Torre L, Bischoff A. Analysis of patients' and caregivers' psychosocial functioning in colorectal conditions: comparison of diagnosis, gender, and developmental functioning. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Apr;37(4):437-444. PubMed PMID: 33423102
  • Olivos M, Correa C, De la Torre L. Current practice of rectal biopsies for the diagnosis of Hirschsprung's disease in Latin America: an international online survey. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Apr;37(4):479-483. PubMed PMID: 33433662
  • Bischoff A, Guimaraes CVA, Mirsky DM, Santos-Jasso KA, Zaretsky MV, Ketzer J, Hall J, Mueller C, de La Torre L, Peña A, Meyers ML. Visualization of the fetal anus by prenatal ultrasound for the diagnosis of anorectal malformations: is it feasible?. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Apr;37(4):425-430. PubMed PMID: 33399927
  • Pena A, Bischoff A, de la Torre L. Reply to letter to the editor. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Jun;56(6):1254. PubMed PMID: 33608107
  • Bischoff A, Torre L, Peña A. Letter to the Editor. J Pediatr Surg. 2021 Jun;56(6):1255. PubMed PMID: 33509655
  • Stevens J, de La Torre L, Hall J, Simmons H, Krause A, Ketzer J, Schletker J, Judd-Glossy L, Trainor S, Wilson P, Peña A, Bischoff A. The importance of dedicated colorectal team participation in the management of spina bifida and spinal cord injury patients. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34647156
  • Judd-Glossy L, Ariefdjohan M, Ketzer J, Matkins K, Schletker J, Krause A, Simmons H, Pena A, De La Torre L, Bischoff A. Considering the value of online support groups for colorectal conditions: perspectives from caregivers and adult patients. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34562117
  • Reppucci ML, Arnold MA, Lovell M, Santos-Jasso K, Ketzer J, Pena A, de la Torre L, Bischoff A. Is the appendix a good organ to diagnose total colonic aganglionosis?. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34554294
  • Alaniz VI, Wilcox DT, Arnold M, Bodmer JL, de la Torre L, Peña A, Bischoff A. Neovagina stricture complicated by high-grade dysplasia in a patient with history of cloaca and ulcerative colitis: a case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Apr;37(4):491-494. PubMed PMID: 33433664
  • Hall J, Schletker J, Judd-Glossy L, Edmonds T, Krause A, Simmons H, Ketzer J, Peña A, De la Torre L, Bischoff A. A review of adopted colorectal patients: a parent's perspective. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jan 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33475771
  • Schletker J, Wiersch J, Ketzer J, Edmonds T, Krause A, Simmons H, Peña A, De La Torre L, Bischoff A. An overview of opioid usage and regional anesthesia for patients undergoing repair of anorectal malformation. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jan 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33415489
  • Judd-Glossy L, Ariefdjohan M, Ketzer J, Curry S, Schletker J, Edmonds T, Krause A, Simmons H, Pena A, De La Torre L, Bischoff A. Analysis of patients' and caregivers' psychosocial functioning in colorectal conditions: comparison of diagnosis, gender, and developmental functioning. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jan 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33423102
  • Olivos M, Correa C, De la Torre L. Current practice of rectal biopsies for the diagnosis of Hirschsprung's disease in Latin America: an international online survey. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33433662
  • Alaniz VI, Wilcox DT, Arnold M, Bodmer JL, de la Torre L, Peña A, Bischoff A. Neovagina stricture complicated by high-grade dysplasia in a patient with history of cloaca and ulcerative colitis: a case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jan 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33433664
  • Bischoff A, Guimaraes CVA, Mirsky DM, Santos-Jasso KA, Zaretsky MV, Ketzer J, Hall J, Mueller C, de La Torre L, Peña A, Meyers ML. Visualization of the fetal anus by prenatal ultrasound for the diagnosis of anorectal malformations: is it feasible?. Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33399927
  • Bischoff A, De La Torre L, Peña A. Letter to the Editor, “Assessing the benefit of reoperations in patients who suffer from fecal incontinence after repair of their anorectal malformation”. J Pedi Surg. Article in Press.:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2021.01.019
  • Bischoff A, de La Torre L, Peña A. Comparative effectiveness of imaging modalities for preoperative assessment of anorectal malformation in the pediatric population. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Feb;55(2):354. PubMed PMID: 31718867
  • De La Torre L, Zornoza M, Peña A, Bischoff A, Ketzer J, Ruiz A. Transanal rectal mucosectomy and muscular plication: A new technique for rectal prolapse in patients with an anorectal malformation. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Nov;55(11):2531-2535. PubMed PMID: 32586611
  • Vuille-Dit-Bille RN, de La Torre L, Hall J, Ketzer J, Peña A, Bischoff A. Hirschsprung disease and anorectal malformations - An uncommon association. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32507634
  • Peña A, De La Torre L, Belkind-Gerson J, Lovell M, Ketzer J, Bealer J, Bischoff A. Enema-Induced spastic left colon syndrome: An unintended consequence of chronic enema use. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33199058
  • Dewberry L, Alaniz V, Wilcox D, De La Torre L, Peña A, Bischoff A. From Prenatal Diagnosis Through Transition to Adult Care: What Everyone Should Know About Anorectal Malformations. Curr Treat Optios Peds 6(2020) 91-100. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s40746-020-00194-4
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Professional Memberships

  • American Pediatric Surgical Association, Member
  • American Academic of Pediatrics, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery (1994, 2019)
  • Pediatric Colorectal Surgery, Specialized Training (1995)
  • Pediatric Surgery, Certificate (1994)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Surgery
Clinical Interests
My many clinical interests include congenital colorectal problems such as Anorectal and Urogenital malformation (imperforate anus, cloaca, cloacal exstrophy, vaginal agenesis); Hirschsprung Disease; Total Colonic Aganglionosis; Bowel Management (fecal incontinence and idiopathic constipation).

Care Philosophy
I strive to provide the best surgical and clinical care for my patients. I believe in devoting time to patients and family explaining and discussing prognosis, long-term expectations as well as surgical reconstruction and possible future implications. I also believe in following our patients throughout life.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, watching good movies, and practicing outside sports (running, biking, swimming). I also enjoy traveling the world to try to improve colorectal care for children everywhere.

Volunteer Activities
Traveling the world to try to improve colorectal care everywhere. I have traveled to more than 30 different countries to give lectures and live surgical demonstrations on how to treat congenital colorectal problems.

Public Speaking
Yes
Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Problems in Children. From prenatal to long-term outcomes. 3-day intensive workshop with live surgical demonstrations.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, National Autonomous University Of Mexico (1988)
Languages: Spanish, English
Department: Surgery-Peds Surgery
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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