Alfonso F. Pantoja, MD
I speak: English, Spanish
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I am originally from Peru. I decided to live in Colorado because the characteristics of the Rocky Mountains are very similar to the Andes. I have three adult sons – a public defendant, a physical therapist and a teacher. I became a physician because I was fascinated with the science of medicine and the possibility to help other human beings in distress. I am very proud to have contributed to developing the best NICU in the state of Colorado, where all the disciplines participate in the care of the sickest and most vulnerable babies in an environment of family-centered care.
About my practice
My philosophy is a transparent and collaborative approach to neonatology, combining evidence-based medicine and the art of medicine that I have learned through more than 35 years of practice at Saint Joseph Hospital. Since Spanish is my first language, it is very rewarding for me to be able to help the parents of my patients whose primary language is Spanish. Our team will provide the best possible care for your baby and we will help you through this difficult experience with timely communication that answers your questions and concerns. I encourage parents to participate in the daily care of your infant. I enjoy getting to know my patients’ families and making a treatment plan that meets your baby’s needs.
How I thrive
I have served as a member of the Institutional Review Board for SCL Health (and its predecessors) for 25 years, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative for the last eight years. I have played volleyball since my youth and still compete in a national tournament at my age level. Volleyball is a team sport and shares similarities with some of the aspects of how we practice evidence-based medicine in the NICU. I am on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Region Volleyball Association. I also love photography, reading fiction and listening to music.