ROBIN ORTIZ, MD

Robin Ortiz is a physician for adults and children who will complete the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in June of 2019. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral neuroscience with a minor in psychoneuroimmunology and then from medical school at Loyola University in Chicago and conducted research as a scholar at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the NIH, she began to study psychosocial, neuroimmune, and biochemical influences in chronic pain, cancer and cardiometabolic disease. She then went to train at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Children’s Center where she currently practices with an emphasis in primary care and preventive medicine. Her current research spans the fields of public health and epidemiology, studying early life environmental, stress, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, and epigenetic influences on later life health and disease outcomes. Her career goal is to understand how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact chronic disease and develop interventions that aim to prevent risk and build resiliency throughout life. She has training in lifestyle intervention and behavior modification specializing in plant-based nutrition, motivational interviewing, positive parenting, self-hypnosis, mindfulness, and stress reduction. To that aim, Dr. Ortiz has authored many related peer-reviewed publications; obtained numerous grants in biomedical research and medical curriculum design in ACEs and trauma-informed care; advocated on capital hill for healthcare reform with the American Academy of Pediatrics; and currently sits on the executive board as the medical advisor for Generation Mindful, building emotional intelligence playfully. She continues to be a researcher, physician, and advocate dedicated to bettering the lives of those who experience adversity and building a resilient, healthier world. More about Dr. Ortiz, her work, speaking engagements and events, and health consulting and coaching can be found at www.DrRobinOrtiz.com.

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