May 2004 – 13 years
Dr. Ortiz was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Florida with his family at the age of two. He was raised in Hialeah, Fla. 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, which he did at Barry University
Dr. Ortiz graduated with a bachelor of science 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, where he graduated in the top 10 percentile.
Following completion of Podiatry School, Dr. Ortiz matched with his first choice for post-graduate surgical training at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida. He served as chief resident during his tenure at JFK and completed numerous courses on reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and diabetic limb salvage. Dr. Ortiz has also completed specialty training in reconstructive adult and pediatric flat foot correction, deformity correction, ankle arthroscopy, sports medicine and total ankle joint replacement.
Dr. Ortiz is among 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.
Dr. Ortiz is a member in good standing with the American, Florida and Palm Beach County Podiatric Medical Associations, is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and also serves on the Community Education Committee for the College.
Although Dr. Ortiz is trained in the latest advances in surgical treatments of foot and ankle conditions, he firstly exhausts all conservative and non-surgical options prior to considering surgical intervention. He believes in patient-centered care that is focused on obtaining the best and fastest recovery of patients’ foot or ankle ailment.
When he’s not treating patients, he spends his time on staff at local hospitals, teaching at two local podiatry schools, participating in many cycling and running events, and spending time with friends and family.
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