Rafael Ortiz, MD, Invited as Guest Speaker at the Platform Summit 2015

Rafael Ortiz, MD, director of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery
Rafael Ortiz, MD as guest speaker at Platform Summit 2015 in Atlanta, GA and discussed innovation in healthcare. Photo credit: Dr. Emille Agrait

New York, NYRafael Ortiz, MD, director of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery/ Interventional Neuroradiology and Stroke at Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH), part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, was the guest speaker at the Platform Summit 2015 held Oct. 2 – Oct. 4, at the Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Platform is a non-profit organization with the mission to increase the interest, participation, and success of those underrepresented in the innovation economy — with a particular focus on African-Americans, Latinos and women.

Now in its third year, the main focus of the summit was to gather nationally known leaders in the field of technology and healthcare and discuss how those in underrepresented groups can overcome the challenges they face in the workforce. Some of the topics included how to succeed in a technology driven world; how to overcome economic disparity and obtain access to capital for entrepreneurial innovations; the role of robotic technology and how it will impact the workforce in the future; and, how technology plays an important role in the healthcare industry.

At the summit, Dr. Ortiz, a nationally renowned endovascular surgeon, spoke about “Innovation in Healthcare” and its growing importance in helping patients achieve optimal health for a variety of conditions.

“Platform Summit 2015 was an exciting event in which people from different industries shared ideas of innovation in technology,” said Dr. Ortiz. “More importantly, it was inspiring to meet people who are culturally diverse and are role models for future generations.  I am already looking forward to next year’s Summit.”

Dr. Ortiz, especially well-regarded in the Latino community, spearheaded the development of LHH’s Endovascular Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology program. The hospital’s team has specialized expertise in the treatment of complex brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s), stroke and cerebral bypass surgery.

To learn more about LHH’s Center for Cerebrovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery/Interventional Neuroradiology, call 212-434-3900 or click here.

About Lenox Hill Hospital:
Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.For more information, go to www.lenoxhillhospital.org.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System:
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with more than10,290 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com

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