Reconstructive urologists help restore function of the urinary tract or penis in patients with conditions like:
Nicolas Ortiz, MD, says the greatest thing about his job is when patients tell him the procedure significantly improved their life.
Meet A UVA Reconstructive Urologist
We asked Ortiz to answer our 7 Quick Questions.
1. Why did you become a doctor?
Like many doctors, I was interested in science as a child. I also had a chance of volunteering in the emergency room at my local hospital and really enjoyed it. I found that medicine provided a challenging and exciting opportunity to apply creative problem solving while helping my community.
2. Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose to become a urologist, and more specifically a reconstructive urologist, because I have a unique opportunity and privilege to generate a positive impact in the quality of life of my patients, especially those who are cancer survivors.
3. What’s one thing about your specialty that might surprise people
That urologists see all people of all genders and all ages. We see children with birth abnormalities, young men and women with kidney stones, older men with prostate enlargement, and more.
4. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Bucaramanga; a medium sized city nestled in the Colombian Andes Mountains. I moved to the United States for college and medical school.
5. What’s the most exciting thing/research happening in your field right now?
I think the introduction of robotic surgery into the field of urologic reconstruction is an exciting development. Similar to cancer surgery, we are now using minimally invasive techniques to perform surgeries that we previously did through large incisions. This has improved the ability for patients to recover and decreased hospital stays.
Penile & Urethral Reconstruction
These procedures treat ED and other conditions of the penis and urinary tract.
6. Who is your inspiration or hero?
My family is my inspiration. Becoming a physician as a first generation immigrant was not easy. I could not have done it without their sacrifice and encouragement.
7. What’s your favorite thing about working at UVA?
I enjoy working at UVA because we have a fantastic team of people dedicated to providing compassionate, state of the art care.