Rafael Alexander Ortiz, MD
Chief, Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology
Lenox Hill Hospital
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Rafael A. Ortiz, MD is the Chief of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuro-Radiology at Lenox Hill Hospital and is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology at the Zucker School of Medicine. Upon his arrival to Lenox Hill Hospital in 2012, Dr. Ortiz spearheaded the creation and rapid development of a comprehensive, innovative and safe program of endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology Lenox Hill Hospital.
Dr. Ortiz completed his residency in neurology and fellowship in stroke/neuro-critical care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 2006 he moved to New York City to complete fellowship training in interventional neuro-radiology and endovascular surgery at the Hyman-Newman Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Roosevelt Hospital, were he served as attending physician and director of the fellowship program until June of 2012.
Among his numerous accolades, Dr. Ortiz was honored with a Proclamation by the New York State Senate in 2012 for his dedication to community education and outstanding patient care. In 2010 he received The American Heart Association's Young Heart Award for achievements in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine and also the American Heart Association's Tu Corazon Latino Award for dedication to patient education and community health. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the Men of the Year in the City of New York by El Diario La Prensa newspaper. In 2014, he received the Leadership and Vision Award of the American Heart and Stroke Association. In 2015, Dr. Ortiz was invited as a guest speaker to present on “Innovation in Healthcare” at the Platform Summit. He also completed a Physician Leadership Development Program at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in 2015-2016. In 2016 Dr. Ortiz received the Latino Trendsetter Award from LatinTRENDS. Dr. Ortiz has been named to the lists of New York Magazine’s Top Doctors and Castle Connolly’s SuperDoctors in 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Dr. Ortiz is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart and Stroke Association and is the Co-Chair of Tu Corazon Latino, an innovative health movement that brings physicians, executives, public servants and community leaders together to explore health issues and solutions for at risk populations.
Dr. Ortiz specializes in endovascular (interventional) treatment of cerebral aneurysms, embolization of brain tumors and vascular tumors of the head and neck region, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations, treatment of craniofacial vascular lesions (venous, lymphatic, AVMs, hemangiomas) in adults and children, stenting of carotid artery stenosis, as well as revascularization procedures for acute stroke. He is known for his dedication to community education, patient satisfaction and outstanding patient care.