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Rebecca M. Rentea, MD

TitleDirector, Comprehensive Colorectal Center
InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
DepartmentSurgery
Address2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
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    TitlePediatric Surgeon
    InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
    DepartmentSurgery

    TitleAssistant Professor of Surgery
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
    DepartmentSurgery


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    St. Matthew’s University Medical School, Grand Cayman B.W.I MD 2008
    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI Fellowship2012Pediatric Surgery Research
    Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WIResidency2015General Surgery
    Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MOFellowship2017Pediatric Surgery
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Fellowship2018Pediatric Surgery Colorectal
    Northwestern University, Chicago, ILMS 2020 Health Services Outcomes Research

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    Dr. Rentea is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, and a practicing pediatric surgeon at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City. She is the Director of the Comprehensive Colorectal Center (CCC) in the Department of Surgery. She is a member of multiple surgical societies including the Association for Academic Surgery, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Pediatric Surgical Association. She currently serves on national committees for these organizations.

    Her research focuses on the outcomes, quality of life, surgical approach and evaluation, for children born with complex colorectal and pelvic reconstructive needs. She is involved in both retrospective and prospective studies for children born with Cloaca, Hirschsprung disease, Anorectal Malformation and severe colonic dysmotility. Moreover, through partnering with the Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC), questions regarding rare, serious and long-term answers regarding pediatric surgical patients can be determined. Dr. Rentea is particularly interested in understanding the outcomes and long-term quality of life needs as well as protocolizing care for this group of children.

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    1. Rentea RM, Oyetunji TA, Peter SDS. Ethics of randomized trials in pediatric surgery. Pediatr Surg Int. 2020 May 11. PMID: 32394059.
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    2. Osuchukwu O, Dorman RM, Dekonenko C, Svetanoff WJ, Fraser JD, Aguayo P, St Peter SD, Oyetunji TA, Rentea RM. Same-Day Discharge and Quality of Life for Primary Laparoscopic Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse in Children: A 10-Year Experience. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2020 Apr 21. PMID: 32315564.
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    3. Rentea RM, Halleran DR, Wood RJ, Levitt MA. The Role of Laparoscopy in Anorectal Malformations. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Apr; 30(2):156-163. PMID: 32131133.
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    4. Rentea RM, Snyder CL. Reverend Bayes and Appendicitis. Pediatrics. 2020 02; 145(2). PMID: 31964757.
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    5. Rentea RM, Halleran DR, Ahmad H, Maloof E, Wood RJ, Levitt MA. Transanal-only Swenson-like pull-through for late diagnosed Hirschsprung disease. J Surg Case Rep. 2019 Dec; 2019(12):rjz341. PMID: 31857890.
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    6. Rentea RM, Halleran DR, Ahmad H, Sanchez AV, Gasior AC, McCracken K, Hewitt GD, Alexander V, Smith C, Weaver L, Wood RJ, Levitt MA. Preliminary Use of Indocyanine Green Fluorescence Angiography and Value in Predicting the Vascular Supply of Tissues Needed to Perform Cloacal, Anorectal Malformation, and Hirschsprung Reconstructions. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Dec 13. PMID: 31858494.
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    7. Vilanova-Sanchez A, Halleran DR, Reck CA, McCracken K, Hewitt G, Gasior AC, Weaver L, Ahmad H, Akers A, Jaggers J, Rentea RM, Levitt MA, Wood RJ. Factors predicting the need for vaginal replacement at the time of primary reconstruction of a cloacal malformation. J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Jan; 55(1):71-74. PMID: 31711744.
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    8. Sanchez AV, Ivanov M, Halleran DR, Wagner A, Reck-Burneo CA, Ruth B, FIsher M, Ahmad H, Weaver L, Nash O, Buker D, Rentea RM, Hoover E, Maloof T, Wood RJ, Levitt MA. Total Colonic Hirschsprung's Disease: The Hypermotility and Skin Rash Protocol. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Aug 20. PMID: 31430765.
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    9. Rentea RM, Halleran DR, Vilanova-Sanchez A, Lane VA, Reck CA, Weaver L, Booth K, DaJusta D, Ching C, Fuchs ME, Jayanthi RR, Levitt MA, Wood RJ. Diagnosis and management of a remnant of the original fistula (ROOF) in males following surgery for anorectal malformations. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Oct; 54(10):1988-1992. PMID: 30879755.
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    10. Sobrino JA, Le N, Sujka JA, Benedict LA, Rentea RM, Alemayehu H, St Peter SD. Therapeutic Direction Versus Adverse Outcomes in Children Undergoing Lung Biopsy. J Surg Res. 2019 04; 236:106-109. PMID: 30694742.
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    11. Vilanova-Sánchez A, Reck CA, Wood RJ, Garcia Mauriño C, Gasior AC, Dyckes RE, McCracken K, Weaver L, Halleran DR, Diefenbach K, Minzler D, Rentea RM, Ching CB, Jayanthi VR, Fuchs M, Dajusta D, Hewitt GD, Levitt MA. Impact on Patient Care of a Multidisciplinary Center Specializing in Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction. Front Surg. 2018; 5:68. PMID: 30510931.
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    12. Halleran DR, Thompson B, Fuchs M, Vilanova-Sanchez A, Rentea RM, Bates DG, McCracken K, Hewitt G, Ching C, DaJusta D, Levitt MA, Wood RJ. Urethral length in female infants and its relevance in the repair of cloaca. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Feb; 54(2):303-306. PMID: 30503195.
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    13. Halleran DR, Sanchez AV, Rentea RM, Ahmad H, Weaver L, Reck C, Gasior AC, Levitt MA, Wood RJ. Assessment of the Heineke-Mikulicz anoplasty for skin level postoperative anal strictures and congenital anal stenosis. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jan; 54(1):118-122. PMID: 30366721.
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    14. Halleran DR, Vilanova-Sanchez A, Rentea RM, Vriesman MH, Maloof T, Lu PL, Onwuka A, Weaver L, Vaz KK, Yacob D, Di Lorenzo C, Levitt MA, Wood RJ. A comparison of Malone appendicostomy and cecostomy for antegrade access as adjuncts to a bowel management program for patients with functional constipation or fecal incontinence. J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jan; 54(1):123-128. PMID: 30361073.
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    15. Poola AS, Sujka JA, Rentea RM, Fraser JD, St Peter SD. Success of Bolus Gastric Feeding After Fundoplication Among Children Who Require Preoperative Jejunal Feeding. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 Sep; 28(9):1117-1120. PMID: 30207923.
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    16. Halleran DR, Wood RJ, Vilanova-Sanchez A, Rentea RM, Brown C, Fuchs M, Jayanthi VR, Ching C, Ahmad H, Gasior AC, Michalsky MP, Levitt MA, DaJusta D. Simultaneous Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy for Bladder and Bowel Reconstruction. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 Dec; 28(12):1513-1516. PMID: 29924670.
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    17. Sujka JA, Le N, Sobrino J, Benedict LA, Rentea R, Alemayehu H, St Peter SD. Does muscle biopsy change the treatment of pediatric muscular disease? Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 Jul; 34(7):797-801. PMID: 29845315.
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    18. Hendrickson RJ, Poola AS, Sujka JA, Weaver KL, Rentea RM, St Peter SD, Oyetunji TA. Feeding Advancement and Simultaneous Transition to Discharge (FASTDischarge) after laparoscopic gastrostomy. J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Nov; 53(11):2326-2330. PMID: 29848452.
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    19. Rentea RM, Rentea MJ, Biesterveld B, Liedel JL, Gourlay DM. Factors Known to Influence the Development of Necrotizing Enterocolitis to Modify Expression and Activity of Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase in a Newborn Neonatal Rat Model. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Jun; 29(3):290-297. PMID: 29723880.
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    20. Poola AS, Weaver KL, Sola R, Reddy S, Mundakkal A, Fallahian F, Bawa H, Rentea RM, Hendrickson RJ, St Peter SD. Transabdominal Versus Subcuticular Sutures to Secure a Laparoscopic Gastrostomy. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 Jul; 28(7):884-887. PMID: 29723120.
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    21. Rentea RM, Poola AS, Fulbright JM, St Peter SD, Shah SR. Utility of pediatric female fertility preservation discussions following pelvic radiation. Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 Jun; 34(6):647-651. PMID: 29619566.
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    22. Le N, Rivard DC, Rentea RM, Manalang M, Andrews W, Kane B, Hendrickson RJ. Right trisegmentectomy after portal vein embolization in a high-risk toddler with hepatoblastoma. Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 May; 34(5):573-578. PMID: 29600326.
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    23. Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Pediatric Rectal Prolapse. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2018 Mar; 31(2):108-116. PMID: 29487493.
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    24. Rentea RM, Guo Y, Zhu X, Musch MW, Chang EB, Gourlay DM, Liedel JL. Role of intestinal Hsp70 in barrier maintenance: contribution of milk to the induction of Hsp70.2. Pediatr Surg Int. 2018 Mar; 34(3):323-330. PMID: 29196880.
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    25. Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Contemporary Management of Appendicitis in Children. Adv Pediatr. 2017 08; 64(1):225-251. PMID: 28688590.
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    26. Rentea RM, Varghese A, Ahmed A, Kats A, Manalang M, Dowlut-McElroy T, Hendrickson RJ. Pediatric Ovarian Growing Teratoma Syndrome. Case Rep Surg. 2017; 2017:3074240. PMID: 28656118.
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    27. Rentea RM, Oyetunji TA, Erkmann J, Knowlton JQ, Hendrickson RJ. Review of surgical and anesthetic management for esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula, unilateral pulmonary agenesis and dextrocardia. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 Jul; 33(7):817-821. PMID: 28417152.
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    28. Poola AS, Rentea RM, Weaver KL, St Peter SD. Routine use of chest radiographs in the post-operative management of pectus bar removal: necessity or futility. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 May; 33(5):619-622. PMID: 28260191.
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    29. Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Neonatal and pediatric esophageal perforation. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2017 Apr; 26(2):87-94. PMID: 28550876.
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    30. Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Pediatric Appendicitis. Surg Clin North Am. 2017 Feb; 97(1):93-112. PMID: 27894435.
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    31. Rentea RM, Fehring CH. Rectal colonic mural hematoma following enema for constipation while on therapeutic anticoagulation. J Surg Case Rep. 2017 Jan 19; 2017(1). PMID: 28108634.
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    32. Oyetunji TA, Rentea RM, Weaver KL, Hendrickson RJ. Preoperative Imaging Does Not Predict Rupture in Acute Appendicitis. J Emerg Med. 2017 03; 52(3):366. PMID: 27979640.
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    33. Rentea RM, Wagner AJ, Gourlay DM, Christensen M, Liedel JL. Effects of anticipated neonatal surgical intervention on maternal milk cytokine production. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Jan; 52(1):45-49. PMID: 27836369.
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    34. Rentea RM, Peter SDS, Snyder CL. Pediatric appendicitis: state of the art review. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 Mar; 33(3):269-283. PMID: 27743024.
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    35. Gould JL, Rentea RM, Poola AS, Aguayo P, St Peter SD. The effectiveness of costal cartilage excision in children for slipping rib syndrome. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Dec; 51(12):2030-2032. PMID: 27697317.
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    36. Rentea RM, Lam V, Biesterveld B, Fredrich KM, Callison J, Fish BL, Baker JE, Komorowski R, Gourlay DM, Otterson MF. Radiation-induced changes in intestinal and tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase: implications for recovery after radiation therapy. Am J Surg. 2016 Oct; 212(4):602-608. PMID: 27501776.
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    37. Gould JL, Rentea RM, St Peter SD. Contemporary Management of Achalasia by Pediatric Surgeons: A Survey of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2016 Jul; 26(7):567-9. PMID: 27322809.
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    38. Antiel RM, Blinman TA, Rentea RM, Gonzalez KW, Knott EM, Juang D, Oyetunji T, Holcomb GW, Angelos P, Lantos JD. When a Surgical Colleague Makes an Error. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar; 137(3):e20153828. PMID: 26908678.
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    39. Rentea RM, Forrester JA, Kugler NW, Dua A, Webb TP. Twelve Tips for Improving the General Surgery Resident Night Float Experience. WMJ. 2015 Jun; 114(3):110-5. PMID: 27073829.
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    40. Rentea RM, Lewis BD, Leisten AJ, Treat R, Redlich PN. Influence of clerkship sites on National Board of Medical Examiners surgery subject examination performance. Am J Surg. 2015 Aug; 210(2):396-400. PMID: 25913433.
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    41. Biesterveld BE, Koehler SM, Heinzerling NP, Rentea RM, Fredrich K, Welak SR, Gourlay DM. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase to treat necrotizing enterocolitis. J Surg Res. 2015 Jun 15; 196(2):235-40. PMID: 25840489.
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    42. Welak SR, Rentea RM, Teng RJ, Heinzerling N, Biesterveld B, Liedel JL, Pritchard KA, Fredrich KM, Gourlay DM. Intestinal NADPH oxidase 2 activity increases in a neonatal rat model of necrotizing enterocolitis. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e115317. PMID: 25517730.
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    43. Rentea RM, Somers KK, Cassidy L, Enters J, Arca MJ. Negative pressure wound therapy in infants and children: a single-institution experience. J Surg Res. 2013 Sep; 184(1):658-64. PMID: 23768766.
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    44. Rentea RM, Liedel JL, Fredrich K, Pritchard K, Oldham KT, Simpson PM, Gourlay DM. Enteral intestinal alkaline phosphatase administration in newborns decreases iNOS expression in a neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis rat model. J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Jan; 48(1):124-8. PMID: 23331804.
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    45. Rentea RM, Welak SR, Fredrich K, Donohoe D, Pritchard KA, Oldham KT, Gourlay DM, Liedel JL. Early enteral stressors in newborns increase inflammatory cytokine expression in a neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis rat model. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Feb; 23(1):39-47. PMID: 23165517.
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    46. Riggle KM, Rentea RM, Welak SR, Pritchard KA, Oldham KT, Gourlay DM. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase prevents the systemic inflammatory response associated with necrotizing enterocolitis. J Surg Res. 2013 Mar; 180(1):21-6. PMID: 23158403.
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    47. Rentea RM, Liedel JL, Welak SR, Cassidy LD, Mayer AN, Pritchard KA, Oldham KT, Gourlay DM. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase administration in newborns is protective of gut barrier function in a neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis rat model. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jun; 47(6):1135-42. PMID: 22703783.
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    48. Rentea RM, Liedel JL, Fredrich K, Welak SR, Pritchard KA, Oldham KT, Simpson PM, Gourlay DM. Intestinal alkaline phosphatase administration in newborns decreases systemic inflammatory cytokine expression in a neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis rat model. J Surg Res. 2012 Oct; 177(2):228-34. PMID: 22687880.
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