Dr. Ortega's interest in orthopaedic surgery began when he was an orthopaedic patient. While playing West Texas football, he suffered a multi-ligament knee injury that required multiple surgeries. He credits the outstanding care of his orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapists in his return to sports and in his desire to be an orthopaedic surgeon. Through his surgeries and recoveries, Dr. Ortega has experience as a patient, which he believes helps him provide high quality health care with a passionate and dedicated service to all of his patients. While he was an undergraduate, Dr. Ortega explored his clinical interests in medicine by participating in two prestigious summer research fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. His research included key investigations into basic science issues that have evolved into clinical medical breakthroughs. During his undergraduate studies, he engaged in critical cancer research projects while working at the world-renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. In addition, Dr. Ortega worked with leading clinical researchers from Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital on basic science projects that produced key discoveries in the cell cycle cascades of important cell regulators that participate in many disease processes. As a medical student at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Ortega continued to explore his interests in medicine and research by engaging in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored telemedicine projects with one of his mentors at Yale. Through the use of this experience, Dr. Ortega was one of the first orthopaedic surgeons to publish on orthopaedic communication challenges, and he has been credited with coining the term, "Orthoinformatics," which is the structure for organizing orthopaedic information for use and study in patient care. While a medical student at Yale, Dr. Ortega realized early on the many challenges that face our healthcare system. He therefore undertook the rigorous challenge of completing a Masters of Public Health degree at Yale during his medical school studies. He received his MPH in Healthcare Policy and Administration. In addition, his quest for perfection led him to study the ways of Six Sigma. The processes of Six Sigma seek to improve the quality of systems by identifying and removing errors and variability. Dr. Ortega was the first orthopaedic surgeon in the United States to both present Six Sigma research projects at national meetings as well as publishing his results in peer-reviewed journals. After graduating from Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Ortega completed his orthopaedic residency at the highly respected Yale University Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He also completed his orthopaedic externship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. While a resident, he continued to explore his research interests by completing challenging research projects that led to publications in peer-reviewed journals.
My interest in orthopedic surgery began when I was an orthopedic patient. While playing football, I suffered a knee injury that required multiple surgeries. I credit the outstanding care of my orthopedic surgeon and physical therapists in my return to sports and in my desire to be an orthopedic surgeon. Through my surgeries and recoveries, I have experience as a patient, which I believe helps me provide high quality health care with a passionate and dedicated service to all my patients.
Dr. Ortega's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Adult Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Ortega's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Arthritis of the Shoulder
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
Difficulty With Walking
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
Hip Pointer Injuries
Internal Derangement of Knee
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Tibia and Fibula Fractures
All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
Hip Replacement Revision
Knee Dislocation Treatment
Knee Replacement Revision
Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
Partial Shoulder Replacement
Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Trigger Point Injection
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
Malpractice Claims not available
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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University Of Houston / University Park
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
Medical School | Graduated 2000
Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital-Externship
Internship Hospital | Completed 1999
Yale-New Haven Hosp-Yale U Sch Med
Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
Yale-New Haven Hosp-Yale U Sch Med
Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
John Border Ao Fellowship
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
Medizinische Hachschule Hannover
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
Parkland Hosp Univ Tx Sw
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Ortega has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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