Gezzer Ortega, MD, MPH, a Brooklyn native, born to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, is the Lead Faculty for Research and Innovation for Equitable Surgical Care at the Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ortega is a health services researcher with a focus on developing and implementing solutions to address surgical inequities. Dr. Ortega drives research that informs policy through publications of scientific manuscripts, workshops, and lectures at regional and national conferences, and other forms of dissemination.
Dr. Ortega is a Co-Founder of the Latino Surgical Society, which aims to cultivate, nurture, and support the advancement of Latino surgeons. Currently, he is the Project Director for the Provider Awareness and Cultural dexterity Toolkit for Surgeons Trial, which evaluates a curriculum for surgical residents to improve communication and engagement during cross-cultural encounters. Dr. Ortega is also committed to diversifying the academic physician workforce through his work with the organizations, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians and Tour for Diversity in Medicine. Dr. Ortega’s commitment to service extends to the global community as he has conducted and planned surgical education courses to the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Liberia. He has also served on the Planning Committee for the G4 Alliance Regional Launch and Board Meetings in Geneva, Switzerland and Blantyre, Malawi. Promoting education and health through research, innovation, and service at multiple levels is ingrained in Dr. Ortega’s core. As a physician-scientist, his focus is to contribute to the field of surgery and eliminate health inequities through research and humanitarian efforts.