Meet Robin


Robin Ortiz is a physician for adults and children who will complete the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in June of 2019.  She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral neuroscience with a minor in psychoneuroimmunology and then from medical school at Loyola University in Chicago. She is dedicated to active research projects, within the scope of public health and epidemiology, studying early life environmental, stress, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, and epigenetic influences on later life health and disease outcomes. Her career goal is to develop interventions that aim to prevent risk and build resiliency throughout life. To this aim, Dr. Ortiz has completed prior research training at the National Institutes of Health, as both a pre-bachelorette Intramural Research Training Awardee, and as a medical student in the Medical Research Scholars Program. Her research has spanned across bench, clinical and translational research projects, and involved independent statistical analyses. In these positions she has studied psychosocial, neuroimmune, and biochemical influences in chronic pain, cancer and cardiometabolic disease, and been productive in obtaining many successful recognitions and publications. Her clinical work encompasses all domains of adult internal medicine and pediatric practice. She is a primary care provider at East Baltimore Medical Center’s Med-Peds practice and takes great joy in working intimately with her patients to build a stronger and healthier local community. Dr. Ortiz is fluent in Spanish, which allows her to work closely with Latino families and, therefore, she is dedicated to broadening access to care and safe initiatives to maintain health in all populations in Baltimore city.  She has additional training in lifestyle intervention and behavior modification specializing in plant-based nutrition, motivational interviewing, positive parenting, self-hypnosis, mindfulness, and stress reduction. She plans to continue this work after residency with a board certification in lifestyle medicine, a degree in public health,  and a career in academic medicine. 


"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease"