A south Texas native, Dr. Pena expressed an interest in medicine from an early age, wanting to become a doctor to help others. He graduated summa cum lade from the University of Texas at Brownsville as the top undergraduate student receiving a Biological Sciences degree. He completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine where he graduated with Honors and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed four years of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine, where he consistently scored in the top four percent nationally. He went on to do an Anesthesiology residency at the University of Virginia, again scoring in the top two percent nationally. He completed his pain management fellowship at the Oregon Health Sciences University. He has published multiple book chapters and articles in highly respected peer reviewed journals and presented at local, national and international meetings and conventions.
Dr. Pena specializes in treating patients of all ages with chronic pain, which is pain that has lasted for more than 12 weeks. Chronic pain may be in one area of the body or may affect multiple areas at once. Chronic pain may be debilitating and often affects relationships and activities. Dr. Pena’s goal is to conduct a complete assessment to identify the cause of the pain, learn what has or has not worked for the patient in the past, present different beneficial therapeutic options and to work together with the patient to select what therapy is best for each individual, restoring function and improving quality of life.
Dr. Pena’s goal is to form long-term patient-physician relationships by helping his patients regain their lives through better pain management.
When he is not treating patients, Dr. Pena enjoys cycling, camping, hiking, gardening, working on home improvement projects, mixology and spending time with his wife and son. He and his family are excited to serve and be part of the community.