Gezzer Ortega, MD, MPH is a patient-centered physician with a focus on providing optimal care to all patients. Dr. Ortega serves as Medical Director of Jivana Care and is junior faculty at the Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School overseeing surgical disparities research.

He recently served as the Senior Research Associate within the Clive O. Callender Howard-Harvard Health Sciences Outcomes Research Center at Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM). He obtained his medical degree from HUCM, a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University. Research, mentoring, and service are at the core of Dr. Ortega’s endeavors.

Dr. Ortega has collaborated with research groups focused on providing equitable care and as a result, has published many original articles and presented at national meetings. As a physician-scientist his focus is to contribute to the field of medicine and eliminate health disparities through research and humanitarian efforts. His hobbies include sports, traveling, and music.

Awards & Publications

• National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and its Board of Directors have selected Dr. Gezzer Ortega to receive the 2020 Young Physician of the Year Award. This award is presented to individuals who have made significant contribution to Hispanic health through their continued work as residents or fellows of NHMA. The award was presented to you at the 2020 National Hispanic Health Conference

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“Don’t limit yourself to one,” says Gezzer Ortega, 38, lead faculty for research and innovation for equitable surgical care at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.”


Dr. Melinda Jorge was raised in Southern California. She attended undergraduate school at Southwestern Adventist University in Texas and attained a degree in Psychology. Dr. Jorge attended medical school at Ross University and completed her residency in Family Medicine at RUHS/UC Riverside in Southern California. After residency, she completed her board certification in Family Medicine. Dr. Jorge worked as a hospitalist in central Tennessee for 3 years and enjoyed her work there. Although she thoroughly enjoyed her work in Tennessee, Dr. Jorge missed the outpatient experience immensely and wanted to return to primary care. She recently moved to Maryland to be closer to family. Dr. Jorge enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking, and traveling in her spare time. She is excited to join the Jivana Care team!

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