Originally from Texas, Dr. Ortiz completed her BS in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University and went on to complete her medical degree at Cornell Medical College in New York City. From there she traveled across the country to Los Angeles for her Internal Medicine & Rheumatology training at USC within the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.
Dr. Ortiz enjoys being a part of this world-class academic institution; teaching those in training as well as partaking in the care of those with complicated autoimmune diseases. She has a special interest in the transition of care from the pediatric to the adult provider for the patient with juvenile rheumatologic disorders and has spearheaded the development of a transition clinic within the LAC+USC Medical Center. Dr. Ortiz also finds time to travel, run and enjoy the multiple cultural events in and around Los Angeles.
Texas A&M University: Presidential Achievement Award, 1996-1999
Texas A&M University: National Dean's List, 1998
Texas A&M University: Southwestern Bell Scholarship Foundation Award, 1996-1997
Kreitenberg AJ, Ortiz EC, Arkfeld DG. Priapism after tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor use. Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Apr; 34(4):801-2. View in: PubMed
Yeter KC, Ortiz EC, Arkfeld DG. Reversal of chronic refractory tophaceous gout with erosions with pegloticase. Int J Rheum Dis. 2013 Jun; 16(3):369-70. View in: PubMed
Ortiz EC, Shinada S. Evolution of classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis: how do the 2010 criteria perform? Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2012 May; 38(2):345-53. View in: PubMed
Ortiz EC, Torralba KD, O'Dell JR, Panush RS. Later comes earlier, nowadays. J Rheumatol. 2011 Nov; 38(11):2287-9. View in: PubMed
Horton HM, Chu SY, Ortiz EC, Pong E, Cemerski S, Leung IW, Jacob N, Zalevsky J, Desjarlais JR, Stohl W, Szymkowski DE. Antibody-mediated coengagement of Fc?RIIb and B cell receptor complex suppresses humoral immunity in systemic lupus erythematosus. J Immunol. 2011 Apr 1; 186(7):4223-33. View in: PubMed