Victor L. Ortiz


Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Assoc. Chair Force Health Protection
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
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Col (Dr.) Ortiz completed a bachelor in biology, UPR, in 1993, and graduated from medical school in 1997. He completed a rotatory internship in 1998, followed by a residency in Family Medicine, graduated in 2002. After his commission in the Air Force in 2003, he graduated from the flight surgeon school, currently practicing as a Chief Flight Surgeon. He graduated from Air War College in 2013. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and he is a Certified Physician Executive.


Col Ortiz is a graduated USAF Squadron Commander and Deputy Group Commander. He started an academic pathway in 2006 as the Director of Aerospace Medicine for SOUTHCOM; where he delivered several medical courses and field practicum throughout the Western Hemisphere. He provided multiple lectures reaching 800+ medical professionals in 17 countries. His lectures were specialized in Aerospace Medicine, Combat Medicine, Force Health Protection, Patient movement and Humanitarian disaster response. He is an International Health Specialist with a vast experience in Global Health engagements. He is a well-trained military office with an extensive background in Humanitarian Disaster Response, Special Operations, and Public Health Emergency. He has been deployed several times to support Joint Operations in different geographical areas.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Deputy Group Commander, 51 Medical Group, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Commander, 22 Aerospace Medicine Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS. Chief of Aerospace Medicine, 97 Medical Group, Altus AFB, OK. Flight Commander/Chief of Aerospace Medicine, 1st SOMDG, Hurlburt Field, FL. Director of Aerospace Medicine, International Health Specialist, USSOUTHCOM, Miami, FL. Squadron Medical Element/Flight Surgeon, 4th AMDS, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

Instructor, Global Health Operations Defense Institute of Medical Operations (DIMO), JBSA-Lackland, TX

Public Health Emergency Officer. Medical Acupuncturists. Special Forces Basic Combat Course, 20th Special Forces Group and Special Operations Medicine Course, AFSOC.

Deployed to Al Jaber, Kuwait in 2015. Deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010. Deployed in the COMFORT Navy ship hospital to South and Central America in 2007 and 2009. Deployed to support Detainee Movement Operation in 2007. Deployed to Balad Iraq in 2006. Deployed to Manta Ecuador in 2004.

Medical Director of Medical Readiness Exercises (MEDRETEs), SOUTHCOM. Course Director of Human Factors in Aviation course, Inter-American Air Force Academy, Lackland, TX.

International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, United Nations System Staff College, Fordham University, New York. Western Hemisphere, Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State

Medals: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal x5, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal x4, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal x2, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Golden Border x4