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Rafael Alexander Ortiz, MD joined Lenox Hill Hospital in August of 2012 as the founding Director of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery/Interventional Neuro-Radiology and Stroke. He spearheaded the creation and rapid development of a comprehensive, innovative and safe program of Endovascular Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology for the first time in the history of Lenox Hill Hospital.


Dr. Ortiz completed his Residency in Neurology and Fellowship in Stoke/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 in 2010 and the American Heart Association's Tu Corazn Latino Award for dedication to patient education and community health the same year. More recently, 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. He has been featured numerous times on ABC, CBS, Telemundo, Wall Street Journal, El Diario and Daily News.


Dr. Ortiz is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart and Stroke Association and is the Co-Chair of Tu Corazn 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 has been the primary investigator of major trials of acute stroke. He has lectured in major national and international meetings and conferences in the topics of brain aneurysms, carotid disease, embolization of tumors of the head and neck, sclerotherapy for facial vascular malformations, arteriovenous malformations of the brain in adult and children, and acute stroke.


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.