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Dr. Ortiz Joins White Plains Hospital as Executive Director of Neurosciences  

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White Plains Hospital (WPH) has announced that Dr. Rafael A. Ortiz has been named Executive Director of Neurosciences. In this role, Dr. Ortiz will work with physician, administrative and nursing leadership to enhance WPH’s capabilities as a tertiary level hospital for Neurosciences, working across inpatient and ambulatory programs.

White Plains Hospital’s Neurosciences program offers comprehensive, cutting-edge treatment for a variety of complex neuro-endovascular, neurosurgical, neurological, cranial, and spine conditions. With board-certified neuro-endovascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, and neurologists, as well as the most advanced medical technologies and facilities, White Plains Hospital specializes in advanced treatments for patients with brain aneurysms, in need of stroke care, neurosurgery, pain management, and nonsurgical therapies.

“White Plains Hospital has quickly become the leading provider of advanced care in the Hudson Valley, and I am thrilled to join this world-class team as we continue to grow our Neurosciences program,” said Dr. Ortiz.

Dr. Ortiz has worked at the forefront of neuro-endovascular surgery for the last 20 years. His specialties include endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms; embolization of brain tumors and vascular tumors of the head and neck region; cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations; ischemic stroke; cerebral and carotid artery stenting; and treatment of craniofacial vascular lesions in adults and children, among others. Most recently, he served as Chief of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuroradiology at Lenox Hill Hospital and the Western Region of the Northwell Health System; and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Neurology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe, completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship in vascular neurology and neuro-critical care from the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia and a fellowship in interventional neuroradiology and endovascular surgery at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University.

Dr. Ortiz has made prolific contributions to the specialty as a clinician and researcher; his work has been published in peer-reviewed publications including World Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology and he has presented his work at local, national and international conferences. Dr. Ortiz is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology and received a Recognition of Focused Practice in CNS endovascular surgery from the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

He is currently the President of the American Heart Association NYC Board of Directors and has received a variety of awards for clinical excellence, including recognition as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine and The New York Times.


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