Dr. Ernesto Cortez, DO

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Dr. Ernesto Cortez, DO
Dr. Ernesto Cortez is one of the founding doctors of Pioneer Medical Group, and he has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. A dedicated physician, Dr. Cortez takes interest in working closely with his patients to make sure they get the right resources and information about their individual conditions. His approach to patient care is deeply rooted in the cultural understanding of each of his patients, enabling him to deliver care that is appropriate and meaningful for each. Dr. Cortez was born in Michoacán, Mexico. At the age of nine, he relocated with his parents and his brother to Santa Barbara, California, where his family worked as farm workers on a lemon orchard. He discovered his interest in medicine while taking science classes in high school. Determined to learn more about the medical field, he began volunteering at a local community clinic where he interacted with patients, learned to take vitals, conduct simple tests, and found mentorship under the wing of doctors and specialists. His volunteer experience inevitably motivated him to pursue a career as a physician. He attended Santa Barbara Community College, and later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Cortez finished medical school at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California, completing his residency training at Highland General Hospital and Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. Dr. Cortez likes to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. He especially enjoys running in his free time.

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    Dr. Cortez's Performance
    • Trustworthiness
      EXCELLENT
    • Explains condition(s) well
      EXCELLENT
    • Answers Questions
      EXCELLENT
    • Time well spent
      EXCELLENT
    Office & Staff Performance
    • Scheduling
      EXCELLENT
    • Office environment
      EXCELLENT
    • Staff friendliness
      EXCELLENT
    • Average wait time
      16 to 30 minutes
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    Dr. Ernesto Cortez is one of the founding doctors of Pioneer Medical Group, and he has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. A dedicated physician, Dr. Cortez takes interest in working closely with his patients to make sure they get the right resources and information about their individual conditions. His approach to patient care is deeply rooted in the cultural understanding of each of his patients, enabling him to deliver care that is appropriate and meaningful for each.

    Dr. Cortez was born in Michoacán, Mexico. At the age of nine, he relocated with his parents and his brother to Santa Barbara, California, where his family worked as farm workers on a lemon orchard. He discovered his interest in medicine while taking science classes in high school. Determined to learn more about the medical field, he began volunteering at a local community clinic where he interacted with patients, learned to take vitals, conduct simple tests, and found mentorship under the wing of doctors and specialists. His volunteer experience inevitably motivated him to pursue a career as a physician.

    He attended Santa Barbara Community College, and later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Cortez finished medical school at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California, completing his residency training at Highland General Hospital and Pacific Hospital in Long Beach.

    Dr. Cortez likes to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. He especially enjoys running in his free time. 

    Dr. Cortez's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Family Medicine
    •  Board certified in Family Practice/OMT
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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    • Family Practice/OMT

    Conditions Treated

    • Allergies
    • Back Pain
    • Bronchitis
    • Common Cold
    • Diabetes
    • Ear Infection
    • High Cholesterol
    • Hypertension
    • Migraine
    • Pneumonia
    • Rash
    • Sinusitis
    • Skin Allergy
    • Skin Disorders
    • Sore Throat
    • Sprain
    • Strain of Muscle and-or Tendon of Forearm

    Education

    • Medical School
      Western Univ Of Health Sciences/College Of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific, Western University Of Health Sciences

      Graduated in 1989

    • Residency Hospital
      Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

      Completed in 1993

    • Undergraduate School
      University of California Santa Barbara

    Languages Spoken

    • English
    • Spanish

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    Specialties

    • Family Medicine

    Procedures Performed

    • Biopsy
    • Bone Density Scan
    • Immunization
    • Physical Examination
    • Preventive Care
    • Urinalysis
    • Vaccination