Victor E. Ortega, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Internist
  2. Pulmonologist

Specialty Groups

Location

  1. Phoenix, Arizona

Languages

EnglishSpanish

Victor E. Ortega, M.D., PhD, is a pulmonary disease specialist and a genetic epidemiologist with a specialty interest in respiratory airways diseases.

His clinical focus includes:

  • Expertise in the characterization and individualized management of asthma, especially asthma that is severe or difficult to control.
  • Expertise in the diagnosis and management of bronchiectasis caused by allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, impaired immunity, and impaired airway ciliary clearance (primary ciliary dyskinesia).
  • Expertise in the diagnosis and management of early-onset chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and bronchiectasis caused by alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency.
  • Expertise in the diagnosis of undiagnosed or unresolved diseases of the respiratory airways, sometimes through the use of genotyping or gene sequencing technologies.
  • Complex coordination of multi-disciplinary clinical and research teams for the diagnosis, individualized management, and study of unresolved, undiagnosed, and orphan lung airway diseases impacting the airways.

He leads genomic research studies across multiple different network funded by the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute focused on how variation in an individual's genes can influence or alter the risk for more severe asthma, COPD, emphysema, and impaired response to commonly used drugs (a line of research called pharmacogenetics). His research champions ethnic and racial diversity to improve inclusion in genetic studies focused on understanding health disparities.

  1. Asthma
  2. Bronchiectasis
  1. Bronchoalveolar lavage
  2. Bronchoscopy
  3. Pulmonary function test
  4. Spirometry with bronchodilator
  5. Thoracentesis
  • Asthma, especially asthma that is severe or difficult to control.
  • Bronchiectasis caused by allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, impaired immunity, and impaired airway ciliary clearance (primary ciliary dyskinesia).
  • Early-onset chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and bronchiectasis caused by alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency.
  • Unresolved, undiagnosed, and orphan lung airway diseases impacting the airways.
  1. 2016
    PhD - Molecular Medicine and Translational Science ProgramGraduate School of Arts and Sciences, Wake Forest University
  2. 2010
    Fellowship - Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care MedicineWake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  3. 2005
    Residency - Internal MedicineDepartment of Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  4. 2003
    Internship - Internal MedicineDepartment of Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  5. 2002
    MD - MedicinePonce School of Medicine
  6. 1998
    BS - ChemistryTulane University

Awards and honors

  1. 2020
    Honoree, Top Papers Published in 2019Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  2. 2019
    Recipient, Mid-Career Investigator in Clinical/Population Science AwardWake Forest School of Medicine
  3. 2017
    Medical HonoreeAnnual Master Chef's Event, North Carolina Regional Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  4. 2014
    National Care Center Quality Award for the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care CenterCystic Fibrosis Foundation
  5. 2010
    Scholar, Translational Research AcademyTranslational Science Institute, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  6. 2010
    First Prize, Basic Science Poster Presentation4th Annual Resident and Fellow Research Day, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  7. 2009
    First Prize, Basic Science Poster Presentation3rd Annual Resident and Fellow Research Day, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  8. 2009
    Second Prize6th Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators' Forum
  9. 2008
    First Prize, Basic Science Poster Presentation2nd Annual Resident and Fellow Research Day, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  10. 2007
    Minority Trainee Travel Award RecipientAmerican Thoracic Society
  11. 2007
    First Prize, Basic Science Poster PresentationFirst Annual Resident and Fellow Research Day, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  12. 1998
    Cum Laude HonorsTulane University

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - 2021
    ChairSection on Genetics and Genomics, American Thoracic Society
  2. 2020
    MemberVirtual Allergy Board MyA, Sanofi
  3. 2020
    MemberIndependent Data Monitoring Committee, Sanofi
  4. 2020
    MemberRegeneron
  5. 2020
    MemberIndependent Data Monitoring Committee, Regeneron
  6. 2019 - 2021
    MemberIntramural Research Advisory Committee, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  7. 2019 - 2020
    Co-ChairSection on Genetics and Genomics, American Thoracic Society
  8. 2018 - 2021
    MemberCenter for Precision Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  9. 2018
    JudgeMedical Student Research Day, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  10. 2018
    MemberStudying Pharmacogenomics in Lung Disease and Critical Illness, International Conference Post-Graduate Course, American Thoracic Society
  11. 2018 - present
    FellowAmerican Thoracic Society
  12. 2017 - 2021
    MemberIntramural Research Support Committee, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  13. 2017 - 2019
    Task Force ParticipantATS/ERS International Guidelines on Definition, Evaluation and Treatment of Severe Asthma, American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society
  14. 2017 - 2019
    Co-ChairClinical Year in Review Program Committee, American Thoracic Society
  15. 2017 - 2018
    MemberNominating Committee, Section on Genetics and Genomics, American Thoracic Society
  16. 2017
    Co-Chair"Omics" of Environmental Lung Disease Mini-Symposium, International Conference, American Thoracic Society
  17. 2016
    Junior Faculty RepresentativeLCME Re-Accreditation Visit, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  18. 2016
    MemberRegional Advisory Board Meeting, Gilead Cayston
  19. 2015
    Young Investigator ParticipantThird Consensus Conference on the Physician Investigator Workforce, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
  20. 2015
    Participant and SpeakerWorkshop on Addressing Respiratory Health Equality in the United States, American Thoracic Society and NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  21. 2015
    MemberAlpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Regional Advisory Board Meeting, CSL Behring
  22. 2014
    MemberAlpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Regional Advisory Board Meeting, CSL Behring
  23. 2009 - 2013
    MemberAssembly on Respiratory Structure and Function Program Committee, American Thoracic Society

Publications