Robin Ortiz MD

Robin Ortiz is an affiliate trainee at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an internist and pediatrician who studies the structural and biological underpinnings associated with early life adversity with aim to impact outcomes across the life course and policy change towards resilience and health equity. She is a National Clinician Scholar and a Master of Science in Health Policy Research trainee at University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician in the Fostering Health Program. She is also a 2019-2020 PolicyLab pilot lab grantee studying the content of sanctuary immigration policies and their potential impact on birth outcome disparities.

Through her research, Dr. Ortiz aims to understand the biopsychosocial and exposomic underpinnings between adversity and chronic disease, prevent and reverse the negative sequelae of adversity throughout the lifespan, and implement interventions that foster healthy early life family environments and skills that build resilience. In clinical care, she applies her additional training in mindfulness and plant-based nutrition. In all her work, Dr. Ortiz incorporates her passion to improve the health of Latino communities. Some of her recognitions include being named a 2020-2021 Future Leader Advancing Research in Endocrinology by the Endocrine Society, a New Century Scholar by the Academic Pediatric Association, and the 2017-18 awardee by the National Med-Peds Residents’ Association. She is also a grantee of organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, the Johns Hopkins Primary Care Consortium, and the Johns Hopkins Physician Scientist Training Program.

Dr. Ortiz completed residency training at Johns Hopkins in the Urban Health Primary Care Med-Peds Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern University and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with her medical degree, completing both programs with honors. During training, she completed the Medical Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health.