Alexander Cortez

Alexander R Cortez , MD

Clinical Instructor

Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0558
Phone 513-558-4206
Email alexander.cortez@uc.edu

Education

Bachelor's Degree: Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI , 2011 (Spanish with Minor in Biochemistry)

Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2015

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH, 2017 (Research)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Chang, Alex L; Cortez, Alexander R; Bondoc, Alexander; Schauer, Daniel P; Fitch, Angela; Shah, Shimul A; Woodle, Steve E; Diwan, Tayyab (2016. ) Metabolic syndrome in liver transplantation: A preoperative and postoperative concern.Surgery, , 160 (4 ) ,1111-1117 More Information

Knod, J Leslie; Holder, Monica; Cortez, Alexander R; Martinez-Leo, Bruno; Kern, Patricia; Saeed, Shehzad; Warner, Brad; Dickie, Belinda; Falcone, Richard A; von Allmen, Daniel; Frischer, Jason S (2016. ) Surgical outcomes, bowel habits and quality of life in young patients after ileoanal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis.Journal of pediatric surgery, , 51 (8 ) ,1246-50 More Information

Quillin, Ralph C; Cortez, Alexander R; Pritts, Timothy A; Hanseman, Dennis J; Edwards, Michael J; Davis, Bradley R (2016. ) Operative Variability Among Residents Has Increased Since Implementation of the 80-Hour Workweek.Journal of the American College of Surgeons, , 222 (6 ) ,1201-10 More Information

Quillin, Ralph C; Cortez, Alexander R; Pritts, Timothy A; Hanseman, Dennis J; Edwards, Michael J; Davis, Bradley R (2016. ) Surgical resident learning styles have changed with work hours.The Journal of surgical research, , 200 (1 ) ,39-45 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Dhar, Vikrom K; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Pritts, Timothy A; Edwards, Michael J; Quillin, R Cutler (2018. ) Not all operative experiences are created equal: a 19-year analysis of a single center's case logs.The Journal of surgical research, , 229 ,127-133 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Katsaros, Gianna D; Dhar, Vikrom K; Drake, F Thurston; Pritts, Timothy A; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Edwards, Michael J; Quillin, R Cutler (2018. ) Narrowing of the surgical resident operative experience: A 27-year analysis of national ACGME case logs.Surgery, , June 18 [Epub ahead of print] , More Information

Kim, Young; Cortez, Alexander R; Wima, Koffi; Dhar, Vikrom K; Athota, Krishna P; Schrager, Jason J; Pritts, Timothy A; Edwards, Michael J; Shah, Shimul A (2018. ) Impact of Preoperative Opioid Use After Emergency General Surgery.Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, , 22 (6 ) ,1098-1103 More Information

Winer, Leah K; Cortez, Alex R; Kassam, Al; Quillin, Ralph C; Goodman, Michael D; Makley, Amy T; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Kuethe, Joshua W (2019. ) The Impact of a Comprehensive Resident Curriculum and Required Participation in "This Week in SCORE" on General Surgery ABSITE Performance and Well-Being.Journal of surgical education, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Freeman, Christopher M; Levinsky, Nick C; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Wima, Koffi; Jung, Andrew D; Rafferty, Janice F; Paquette, Ian M (2019. ) The impact of preoperative opioid use on outcomes after elective colorectal surgery: A propensity-matched comparison study.Surgery, , More Information

Quillin, Ralph C; Cortez, Alexander R; Garcia, Mario A; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kuethe, Joshua W; Pritts, Timothy A (2019. ) Gas off, room lights on: Shedding light on the surgical resident's experience in open and laparoscopic surgery.Surgery, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Jenkins, Todd M; Nathan, Christopher J; Nathan, Jaimie D; Alonso, Maria H; Ryckman, Frederick C; Tiao, Greg M; Bondoc, Alexander J (2019. ) The role of surgical shunts in the treatment of pediatric portal hypertension.Surgery, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Morris, Mackenzie C; Brown, Nicholas G; Winer, Leah K; Safdar, Kamran; Poreddy, Sampath; Shah, Shimul A; Quillin, R Cutler (2019. ) Is Surgery Necessary? Endoscopic Management of Post-transplant Biliary Complications in the Modern Era.Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Hanseman, Dennis J; Kuethe, Joshua W; Quillin, Ralph Cutler; Potts, John R (2019. ) See None, Do Some, Teach None: An Analysis of the Contemporary Operative Experience as Nonprimary Surgeon.Journal of surgical education, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Katsaros, Gianna D; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Shah, Shimul A; Diwan, Tayyab S; Cutler Quillin, R (2019. ) Resident Operative Experience in Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery: Exposing the Divide.Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, , More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kim, Young; Hanseman, Dennis J; Athota, Krishna P; Quillin, R Cutler (2019. ) Predictors of medical student success on the surgery clerkship.American journal of surgery, , 217 (1 ) ,169-174 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kuethe, Joshua W; Athota, Krishna P; Quillin, R Cutler The Impact of Medical Student Burnout on Surgery Clerkship Performance.Journal of surgical education, , 76 (5 ) ,1241-1247 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Poling, Holly M; Brown, Nicole E; Singh, Akaljot; Mahe, Maxime M; Helmrath, Michael A (2018. ) Transplantation of human intestinal organoids into the mouse mesentery: A more physiologic and anatomic engraftment site.Surgery, , 164 (4 ) ,643-650 More Information

Cortez A.R.;Warren P.W.;Goddard G.R.;Jenkins T.M.;Sauser J.A.;Gerrein B.T.;Rymeski B.A. (05-01-2020. ) Primary Placement of a Low-Profile Gastrostomy Button Is Safe and Associated With Improved Outcomes .Journal of Surgical Research, , 249 ,156-162 More Information

Kassam A.F.;Cortez A.R.;Diwan T.S.;Bailey A.;Mirza A.;Sussman J.J.;Makley A.T.;Quillin R.C. (03-01-2020. ) Return to the Real World: A Novel Program to Improve Resident Readiness for the Transplant Surgery R.Journal of Surgical Education, , 77 (2 ) ,242-245 More Information

Winer L.K.;Vivero M.P.;Scully B.F.;Cortez A.R.;Kassam A.F.;Nowygrod R.;Griesemer A.D.;Emond J.C.;Quillin R.C. (03-01-2020. ) Exploring Medical Students’ Perceptions of Organ Procurement: Need for a Formalized Medical Student .Journal of Surgical Education, , 77 (2 ) ,329-336 More Information

Kassam A.;Cortez A.;Winer L.;Kuethe J.;Athota K.;Quillin R. (02-01-2020. ) The impact of medical student interest in surgery on clerkship performance and career choice.American Journal of Surgery, , 219 (2 ) ,359-365 More Information

Cortez A.;Winer L.;Kassam A.;Hanseman D.;Kuethe J.;Sussman J.;Quillin R. (02-01-2020. ) Exploring the relationship between burnout and grit during general surgery residency: A longitudinal.American Journal of Surgery, , 219 (2 ) ,322-327 More Information

Cortez A.R.;Winer L.K.;Katsaros G.D.;Kassam A.F.;Shah S.A.;Diwan T.S.;Cutler Quillin R. (01-01-2019. ) Resident Operative Experience in Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery: Exposing the Divide.Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, , More Information

Cortez A.R.;Morris M.C.;Brown N.G.;Winer L.K.;Safdar K.;Poreddy S.;Shah S.A.;Quillin R.C. (01-01-2019. ) Is Surgery Necessary? Endoscopic Management of Post-transplant Biliary Complications in the Modern E.Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, , More Information

Cortez A.R.;Kassam A.F.;Lin T.K.;Paulsen G.C.;Brunner J.;Jenkins T.M.;Danziger-Isakov L.A.;Ahmad S.A.;Abu-El-Haija M.;Nathan J.D. (01-01-2019. ) Sterility Cultures Following Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation in the Pediatric Populati.Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, , More Information

Lee T.C.;Cortez A.R.;Kassam A.F.;Morris M.C.;Winer L.K.;Silski L.S.;Quillin R.C.;Cuffy M.C.;Jones C.R.;Diwan T.S.;Shah S.A. (01-01-2019. ) Outcomes of en bloc simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation compared to the traditional technique.American Journal of Transplantation, , More Information

Cortez A.;McGrath T.;Levitt M.;Podberesky D.;Von Allmen D. (01-01-2013. ) Neuroblastoma associated with persistent cloaca: A case report.Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, , 1 (4 ) ,71-73 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Ibáñez, Beatriz; Winer, Leah K; Jones, Andrew; Quillin, Ralph C; Valentine, R James; Potts, John R (2021. ) Are General Surgery Residencies Preparing Graduates for the Practice of Today's General Surgeon? An Analysis of American Board of Surgery Data from Applicants and Re-certifying Surgeons.Annals of surgery, , More Information

Arora, Kavisha; Yang, Fanmuyi; Brewington, John; McPhail, Gary; Cortez, Alexander R; Sundaram, Nambirajan; Ramananda, Yashaswini; Ogden, Herbert; Helmrath, Michael; Clancy, John P; Naren, Anjaparavanda P (2021. ) Patient personalized translational tools in cystic fibrosis to transform data from bench to bed-side and back.American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology, , 320 (6 ) ,G1123-G1130 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Potts, John R (2021. ) Resident Education in Biliary Operation: Beyond Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.Journal of the American College of Surgeons, , 232 (6 ) ,1020-1021 More Information

Quillin Iii, Ralph C; Cortez, Alexander R; Dageforde, Leigh Anne; Watkins, Anthony; Collins, Kelly M; Garonzik-Wang, Jacqueline; Glorioso, Jamie M; Tevar, Amit D; Emond, Jean C; Segev, Dorry L (2021. ) Transplant Surgery Pipeline: A Report from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Pipeline Taskforce.Journal of the American College of Surgeons, , More Information

Vaysburg, Dennis M; Cortez, Alexander R; Hanseman, Dennis J; Delman, Aaron M; Morris, Christopher; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kutz, David; Lewis, Jaime; Van Haren, Robert M; Quillin, R Cutler (2021. ) An analysis of applicant competitiveness to general surgery, surgical subspecialties, and integrated programs.Surgery, , More Information

Winer, Leah K; Cortez, Alexander R; Ahmad, Syed A; Wima, Koffi; Olowokure, Olubenga; Latif, Tahir; Kharofa, Jordan; Patel, Sameer H (2021. ) Evaluating the Impact of ESPAC-1 on Shifting the Paradigm of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment.The Journal of surgical research, , 259 ,442-450 More Information

Levinsky, Nick C; Byrne, Matthew M; Hanseman, Dennis J; Cortez, Alexander R; Guitron, Julian; Starnes, Sandra L; Van Haren, Robert M (2021. ) Opioid Dependence After Lung Cancer Resection: Institutional Analysis of State Prescription Drug Database.World journal of surgery, , 45 (3 ) ,887-896 More Information

Vaysburg, Dennis M; Wells, Dennis; Lynch, Caroline; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Potts, John R; Starnes, Sandra L; Quillin, R Cutler; Van Haren, Robert M (2021. ) The Impact of Integrated Thoracic Residency on General Surgery Residents' Thoracic Operative Volume.The Annals of thoracic surgery, , More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Taylor, Meredith; Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Quillin, Ralph C (2021. ) Gender and ethnic diversity in academic general surgery department leadership.American journal of surgery, , 221 (2 ) ,363-368 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Johnston, Michael E; Zang, Huaiyu; Fei, Lin; Lin, Tom K; Abu-El-Haija, Maisam; Nathan, Jaimie D (2021. ) Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation reduces resource utilization in pediatric patients.American journal of surgery, , More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Conzen, Kendra D; El-Hinnawi, Ashraf; Jones, Christopher M; Matsuoka, Lea; Watkins, Anthony C; Collins, Kelly M; Bhati, Chandra; Selzner, Markus; Sonnenday, Christopher J; Englesbe, Michael J; Diwan, Tayyab S; Dick, André A S; Quillin, Ralph C (2021. ) Extinguishing burnout: National analysis of predictors and effects of burnout in abdominal transplant surgery fellows.American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, , 21 (1 ) ,307-313 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Lynch, Caroline A; Cortez, Alexander R; Vaysburg, Dennis; Potts, John R; Quillin, R Cutler Where Has All the Complexity Gone? An Analysis of the Modern Surgical Resident Operative Experience.Journal of surgical education, , 78 (1 ) ,9-16 More Information

Lee, Tiffany C; Dhar, Vikrom K; Cortez, Alexander R; Morris, Mackenzie C; Winer, Leah K; Silski, Latifa Sage; Cuffy, Madison C; Diwan, Tayyab S; Quillin, R Cutler; Shah, Shimul A (2020. ) Impact of side-to-side cavocavostomy versus traditional piggyback implantation in liver transplantation.Surgery, , 168 (6 ) ,1060-1065 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Lin, Tom K; Paulsen, Grant C; Brunner, John; Jenkins, Todd M; Danziger-Isakov, Lara A; Ahmad, Syed A; Abu-El-Haija, Maisam; Nathan, Jaimie D (2020. ) Sterility Cultures Following Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation in the Pediatric Population: Do They Matter?.Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, , 24 (11 ) ,2526-2535 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Cortez, Alexander R; Winer, Leah K; Baker, Jennifer E; Hanseman, Dennis J; Wells, Dennis; Yalamanchili, Suma; Habashy, Engy; Chausse, Steve; Makley, Amy T; Goodman, Michael D; Sussman, Jeffrey J; Quillin, Ralph C (2020. ) Swipe right for surgical residency: Exploring the unconscious bias in resident selection.Surgery, , 168 (4 ) ,724-729 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Goddard, Gillian R; Johnston, Michael E; Cortez, Alexander R; Trout, Andrew T; Jenkins, Todd M; Miethke, Alexander G; Campbell, Kathleen M; Bezerra, Jorge A; Balistreri, William F; Nathan, Jaimie D; Alonso, Maria H; Tiao, Gregory M; Bondoc, Alexander J (2020. ) Natural Course of Pediatric Portal Hypertension.Hepatology communications, , 4 (9 ) ,1346-1352 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Potts, John R (2020. ) More of less: General Surgery Resident Experience in Biliary Surgery.Journal of the American College of Surgeons, , 231 (1 ) ,33-42 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Warren, Paul W; Goddard, Gillian R; Jenkins, Todd M; Sauser, Jennifer A; Gerrein, Betsy T; Rymeski, Beth A (2020. ) Primary Placement of a Low-Profile Gastrostomy Button Is Safe and Associated With Improved Outcomes in Children.The Journal of surgical research, , 249 ,156-162 More Information

Graff, Justin T; Cortez, Alexander R; Dhar, Vikrom K; Wakefield, Connor; Cuffy, Madison C; Shah, Shimul A; Goodman, Michael D (2020. ) Perioperative thrombelastography serves as an important assessment tool of transfusion requirements during liver transplantation.Surgery open science, , 2 (2 ) ,70-74 More Information

Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Kim, Young; Cortez, Alexander R; Dhar, Vikrom K; Wima, Koffi; Shah, Shimul A (2020. ) The impact of opioid use on human and health care costs in surgical patients.Surgery open science, , 2 (2 ) ,92-95 More Information

Mullins, C Haddon; Gleason, Frank; Wood, Tara; Baker, Samantha J; Cortez, Alexander R; Lovasik, Brendan; Sandhu, Gurjit; Cooper, Amanda; Hildreth, Amy N; Simmons, Jon D; Delman, Keith A; Lindeman, Brenessa Do Internal or External Characteristics More Reliably Predict Burnout in Resident Physicians: A Multi-institutional Study.Journal of surgical education, , 77 (6 ) ,e86-e93 More Information

Cortez, Alexander R; Kassam, Al-Faraaz; Levinsky, Nick C; Jung, Andrew D; Daly, Meghan C; Shah, Shimul A; Rafferty, Janice F; Paquette, Ian M (2019. ) Enhanced recovery protocol improves postoperative outcomes and minimizes narcotic use following resection for colon and rectal cancer.Surgery open science, , 1 (2 ) ,74-79 More Information

Book Chapter

Cortez A (2017 ) Renal transplantation The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook, 7th ed .(pp. 585-92).Elsevier

Cortez A (2017 ) Pancreas transplantation The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook, 7th ed .(pp. 600-4).Elsevier

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Cortez AR (06-2014. ) How to excel on the surgery clerkship .Medical Student Clerkship Presentation Series, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Cortez AR (03-2015. ) Roadmap to residency: general surgery .Medical Student Intersession Presentation Series, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Cortez AR (06-2017. ) How to be an excellent M3 clerkship student .Medical Student Clerkship Orientation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Cortez AR (01-2018. ) How to be an effective medical student educator .Surgeons, Scholars and Leaders Symposium, Jackson Hole, WY.

Cortez AR (04-2018. ) In vivo modeling of human intestinal organoids .Wisconsin Surgical Society, Cincinnati, OH.

Cortez AR (06-2018. ) How to be an excellent M3 clerkship student .Medical Student Clerkship Orientation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Poster Presentations

Spectorsky K, Ofman G, Cortez AR, Castillo H, Castillo J (03-2012. ) Global health clinical rotations and social determinants of health: Searching and understanding resources prior to departure .LMSA National Conference. Boston, MA. .

Cortez AR, Castillo H, Spectorsky K, Castillo J (03-2013. ) Where there is no track: Teaching determinants of health prior to departure on a global health rotation .LMSA National Conference, Miami, FL. .

Cortez AR, von Allmen D (04-2013. ) Risk of scoliosis after thoracotomy vs. thoracoscopy among pediatric patients with thoracic neoplastic lesions: a systematic review of the literature .University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Research and Service Symposium. Cincinnati, OH. .

Cortez AR, Polling HM, Brown NE, Singh A, Mahe MM, Helmrath MA (03-2018. ) Mesentery transplantation model: an improved engraftment site for in vivo human intestinal organoid studies .Digestive Health Center Annual Scientific Forum, Cincinnati, OH. .

Paper Presentations

Chang AL, Cortez AR, Bondoc A, Schauer DP, Fitch A, Shah SA, Woodle SE, Diwan T (03-2015. ) The consequences of metabolic syndrome on outcomes and resource utilization following liver transplant .Central Surgical Association, Montreal, Quebec.

Cortez AR, Dhar VK, Sussman JJ, Pritts TA, Edwards MJ, Quillin RC (01-2018. ) Not all operative experiences are created equal: 19-year analysis of a single center’s case logs .Academic Surgical Congress, Jacksonville, FL.

Cortez AR, Katsaros GD, Dhar VK, Drake FT, Pritts TA, Sussman JJ, Edwards MJ, Quillin RC (01-2018. ) Narrowing of surgical resident operative experience: a 27-year analysis of national ACGME case logs .Academic Surgical Congress, Jacksonville, FL.

Cortez AR, Polling HM, Brown NE, Singh A, Mahe MM, Helmrath MA (03-2018. ) Transplantation of human intestinal organoids into mouse mesentery: a more physiologic and anatomic engraftment site .Central Surgical Association, Columbus, OH.

Cortez AR, Kim Y, Dhar VK, Athota KP, Quillin RC (05-2018. ) Predictors of medical student success on the surgical clerkship .Association for Surgical Education, Austin, TX.

Cortez A, Levinsky N, Kassam A, Wima K, Jung A, Paquette I (03-2019. ) The impact of preoperative opioid use on surgical outcomes following elective colorectal resection .Central Surgical Association, Palm Harbor, FL.

Quillin RC 3rd, Cortez AR, Garcia MA, Winer LK, Kassam AF, Kuethe JW, Pritts TA (03-2019. ) Gas off, room lights on: Shedding light on the surgical resident’s experience in open and laparoscopic surgery .Central Surgical Association, Palm Harbor, FL.

Honors and Awards

2016 Winner of the Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

2016 NHMA Hispanic Health Resident Leadership Award

2017 Winner of the Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

2010 AAMC AspiringDocs.org Video Contest

2014 ASTMH Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine

2011 -2015 University Hospital/UC Health Full Tuition Scholarship

2015 UC Surgery Clerkship Outstanding Medical Student Award

2016 Finalist, UC Department of Surgery Resident Teaching Award

2017 Finalist, UC Department of Surgery Resident Teaching Award

2018 AAS Fall Courses Travel Award

Service

Chapter President, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) 2011 -2013

Honors Council, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 2012 -2015

Midwest Regional President, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) 2013 -2015

Diversity Council, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 2013 -2015

Resident Representative Committee, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 2015 -2017

Professional Affiliation

2011 -2015: American Medical Association

2011 -2015: Latino Medical Student Association

2015 -To Present: National Hispanic Medical Association

2015 -To Present: American College of Surgeons (Resident Member)

2017 -To Present: Association for Surgical Education

2017 -To Present: Association for Academic Surgery

Contact Information

Academic - Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267-0558
Phone: 513-558-4206
alexander.cortez@uc.edu