Jose M. Ortiz
EducationOccupational and Environmental Medicine Residency, NCC/USUHS, Bethesda, MD 2001 - 2003
M.P.H., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 2001 - 2002
General Surgery Internship, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 1993 - 1994
M.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 1989 - 1993
B.S. Psychology/Philosophy, Duke University, Durham, NC 1985 - 1989
BiographyColonel Jose "Joe" M. Ortiz is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He was commissioned in 1993 as a Medical Corps Officer and was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Duke University R.O.T.C. Program (1989).
COL Ortiz currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the National Capital Consortium (NCC)/Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Residency Program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) since July of 2019.
Prior to his assignment at the NCC/USUHS OEM Residency Program, COL Ortiz served as the Army Public Health Center Occupational Medicine (OM) Liaison and OM Program Manager at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ODASA‐ESOH). In March of 2018, he was selected by the Army Surgeon General to serve as the next Army Consultant for Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine, starting on 1 May 2018. He has also served as the Occupational Medicine Staff Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health (DCS‐PH) at the Army Office of The Surgeon General (OTSG) in Falls Church, VA; as the Chief of Public Health for Task Force Medical, Afghanistan/30th Medical Brigade from January – July 2013; as the Chief of Community Health Programs at the U.S. Army Public Health Command Region Europe (PHCR‐E) in Landstuhl, Germany from 2010 to 2013; as the first Chief of Preventive Medicine for the National Guard Bureau from 2006 to 2010; as Flight Surgeon for Task Force Aviation (KFOR 12) in Kosovo from January – May 2010; as the Command Surgeon for the U.S. Army Field Support/Joint Munitions Commands in Rock Island, IL; as a General Medical Officer both in Hohenfels, Germany and as the Officer in Charge of the Occupational Health Clinic supporting Army Chemical Surety Operations in Umatilla, Oregon.
COL Ortiz is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff Intermediate Level Education (ILE), the Army Flight Surgeon Primary Course, the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Advance Course, the AMEDD Officer Basic Course, and the Basic Airborne Course.
COL Ortiz holds Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) and Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Duke University. He completed an Internship in General Surgery at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and a Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the National Capitol Consortium in Washington, D.C. He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, GWOT Service Medal, NATO Medal, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
COL Ortiz is married to the former Ms. Joanna Ortega, who previously served as a Physicians Assistant for Federal Occupational Health, Department of Health and Human Services.
Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments
Board Certified in Occupational Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine, 2004 - 2024.
Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM), 2015 - Present.
Secretary of the Metro Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (MWCOEM) Washington, D.C., 2018 - Present.
Chair, Department of Defense Occupational Medicine Working Group (OMWG) Defense Health Headquarters (DHHQ) Falls Church, VA, 2013 - 2015.
APHC Liaison and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Staff Officer/Program Manager Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Pentagon, Washington, D.C., August 2016 – June 2019.
Consultant for Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine Selected by the Surgeon General (TSG) of the Army Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, MD, May 2018 - Present.
Occupational Medicine Staff Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health (DCS-PH) Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) Falls Church, VA, August 2013 - August 2016.
Chief of Public Health, 30th MED Brigade/Task Force MED-A [This duty was concurrent with my PHCR-E assignment period, but I had only deployment duties during these dates.] Bagram, Afghanistan, February 2013 - July 2013.
Occupational Medicine Officer/Medical Director U.S. Army Public Health Command Region-Europe (PHCR-E) Landstuhl, Germany, August 2010 - August 2013.
Flight Surgeon, Task Force Aviation, KFOR 12 [This duty was concurrent with my NGB assignment period, with only deployment duties during these dates.] Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, January 2010 - May 2010.
Integrated Case Management for Work-related Upper Extremity Disorders: Impact of Patient Satisfaction on Health and Work Status. Feuerstein M, Huang GD, Ortiz JM, Shaw WS, Miller VI, Wood PM. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. August 2003. 45(8): 803-812.
Investigation of an Outbreak of Anemia Cases at an Army Trinitrotoluene Munitions Production Plant from 2004 to 2005 and Subsequent Surveillance 2005 - 2013. Mallon TM, Ortiz JM, Candler WH, Rogers G, Hilburn R. Military Medicine. November 2014. 179(11): 1374-1383.
The Revolutionary Flying Ambulance of Napoleon’s Surgeon, Ortiz, JM. U.S. Army Medical Department Journal, October-December 1998: pp. 17-25. (As a Field Medical Officer)
What’s Your Number? ARNG Launches Get Cuffed!(c) Blood Pressure Campaign. Ortiz, JM. Article in GX Magazine: The Guard Experience, April 2007. Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 54 – 55.
Lighten up – The ARNG Weigh to Better Health. Ortiz, JM. Article in GX Magazine: The Guard Experience, October 2008. Vol. 5, Issue 5, pp. 50 – 51.
Poster: Anemia and Trinitrotoluene (TNT) Operations in the United States. Mallon TM, Ortiz JM, Michaels K, Brewer BJ. Force Health Protection Conference in Louisville, KY. August 2005
Poster: Mysterious Respiratory Symptoms at a Demilitarization Construction Site: Lessons Learned. Ortiz, JM, Mallon, TM. Force Health Protection Conference, Baltimore, MD. August 2000 .