Dr. Ortiz was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Florida at the age of two along with his mother, father and older brother. He was raised in Hialeah, Florida and attended Miami Springs Senior High School where he first became interested in Sports Medicine following an injury to his knee. Dr. Ortiz turned down several athletic scholarships to compete in college level wrestling in order to pursue a career in Sports Medicine. He attended Barry University, one of only two schools at the time that had obtained accreditation in their degree program for Sports Medicine.
Dr. Ortiz graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training and a Minor in Biology. He subsequently continued to pursue his education at Barry University after developing an interest in Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Ortiz graduated in the top 10 percentile of his Podiatry School class and served as a tutor and mentor to his younger classmates during his last year of Podiatry School.
He completed externship rotations in many high level residency programs, including Cambridge Health Alliance of Harvard University and Ft. Benning Hospital in Georgia. During his rotation in Ft. Benning Hospital, Dr. Ortiz participated in the medical and surgical care of traumatic injuries to soldiers completing Military Jump School.
Following completion of Podiatry School, Dr. Ortiz matched with his first choice for post-graduate surgical training at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida. During his tenure at JFK, he served as Chief Resident from July 2006 to June 2007, and completed numerous courses on Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery and Diabetic Limb Salvage. Dr. Ortiz has also completed specialty training in Reconstructive Adult and Pediatric Flatfoot Correction, Deformity Correction, Ankle Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Total Ankle Joint Replacement.
Dr. Ortiz is amongst a handful of Podiatric Surgeons in South Florida trained in Total Ankle Joint Replacement and one of the first to be trained in both the Wright Medical Inbone Total Ankle and the Small Bone Innovations (S.T.A.R.) Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement. Dr. Ortiz is one of only two surgeons in Palm Beach County with surgical privileges for Total Ankle Joint Replacement at both Bethesda Memorial Hospital and JFK Medical Center.
Upon completion of residency training, Dr. Ortiz began his professional career at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers in Palm Beach County. The ensuing years allowed for significant professional growth and development as a physician and surgeon. Beginning September 17th, 2012, Dr. Ortiz will began practice with Certified Foot & Ankle Specialists with a new office in West Boynton. The New office will be located on the Northwest corner of Boynton Beach Blvd and Hagen Ranch Road in the Trillium Medical Center.
Dr. Ortiz is a member in good standing with the American, Florida and Palm Beach County Podiatric Medical Associations. He has also served on the executive board of the Palm Beach County Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Ortiz is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and serves on the Community Education Committee for the College.
Dr. Ortiz is Board Certified in both Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Ortiz is also very involved in the educational advancement of Podiatric Medicine. He holds teaching positions at two separate Podiatry Schools. Dr. Ortiz serves as Adjunct Clinical Professor for Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and as Clinical Instructor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery for Western University of Health Sciences. He also serves as a teaching attending for two South Florida Surgical Residency Programs.
Dr. Ortiz is the Externship Director of Bethesda Memorial Hospital’s three year Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery Residency Program. His job duties as Externship Director entail providing direction and education to students from all the podiatry colleges who rotate through Bethesda Memorial during their fourth year of schooling. He also works first hand with the Podiatric surgical residents on Clinical Research for Publication.
Dr. Ortiz is also very active in lecturing and research. He lectures both locally and nationally serving as a consultant for two orthopedic foot and ankle surgery instrument companies. He has served as faculty and clinical instructor for multiple surgical skills courses helping other Surgical Podiatrists advance their surgical training on new instrumentation.
Dr. Ortiz is on staff and takes ER call at several area hospitals including JFK Medical Center, Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Wellington Regional Medical Center, and Palms West Hospital.
Although Dr. Ortiz is trained in the latest advances in surgical treatments of Foot and Ankle Conditions, it is important to note that he exhausts all conservative and non-surgical options prior to considering surgical intervention. Dr. Ortiz along with Certified Foot & Ankle Specialists, believe in patient centered care focused on obtaining the best and fastest recovery of your foot or ankle ailment.
Whether you’re a new patient or a previous patient, please feel free to contact Dr. Ortiz with any questions that you may have.
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