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Vicente Cortés, M.D.
Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

 
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Administrative Office:
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
6th and Spruce Streets, B Building - 4th Floor
West Reading, PA 19611
Administrative Assistant: Charlene Benner
Administrative Telephone: 484-628-4888
Administrative Fax: 484-628-4880
Patient Appointments: 484-628-4879

Clinical Office:
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
6th and Spruce Streets, B Building - 4th Floor
West Reading, PA 19611
Clinical Telephone: 484-628-4888
Clinical Fax:
484-628-4880

vicente.cortes@uphs.upenn.edu

 

 

 
Appointments
1998 - 2004 Assistant Professor of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, Connecticut
 
1994 - 2004 Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, Connecticut
 
1991 - 1994 Assistant Professor of Surgery
Section of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care Surgery
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV
 
1982 - 1982 Instructor of Bioclinical Area
Colombian School of Medicine Foundation
Bogotá, Colombia
 
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2011 - present Health System Clinician
Reading Hospital & Medical Center
West Reading, Pennsylvania
 
2008 - 2011 Medical Director, Trauma Intensive Care Unit
Shock Trauma Center, Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
2004 - 2011 Attending General Surgeon, Department of Surgery
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
2004 - 2011 Attending Trauma Surgeon, Shock Trauma Center
Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
1996 - 2004 Assistant Clinical Director, Trauma Program
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
 
1996 - 1999 Attending Surgical Intensivist
Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit
Department of Neurosurgery, Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut
 
1995-1999 Operational Chief, General Surgery Service
Department of Surgery, Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut
 
1994-2004 Attending Surgeon, General Surgery Service
Department of Surgery, Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut
 
1994 - 2004 Attending Trauma Surgeon
Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medical Services, Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut
 
1993 - 1994 Surgical Critical Care Consultant
Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Clarksburg, West Virginia
 
1991 - 1994 Attending Trauma Surgeon
Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center/West Virginia University Hospitals
Morgantown, West Virginia
 
1991 - 1994 Attending General Surgeon and Surgical Intensivist
Ruby Memorial Hospital/West Virginia University Hospitals
Morgantown, West Virginia
 
1991 -1993 Surgical Director, Intensive Care Unit
Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Clarksburg, West Virginia
 
1991 - 1993 Staff Surgeon
Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Clarksburg, West Virginia
 
1990 Interim Attending Physician
Surgical Intensive Care Unit
University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, Florida
 
1989 - 1991 Attending Physician, Emergency Care Center
Surgical Section, Jackson Memorial Hospital Public Health Trust
Miami, Florida
 
Other Appointments
2011 - present Clinical Associate in Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1982 - 1982 Staff Physician, Clinica “El Bosque”
Colombian School of Medicine Foundation
Bogotá, Colombia
 
1981 - 1982 Private General Practitioner
Bogotá, Colombia
 
1980 - 1981 Health Care Coordinator
San Antonio Hospital, Mitú
Vaupés, Colombia
 
1980 - 1981 Rural Medical Doctor, Mandatory Social Service
San Antonio Hospital, Mitú
Vaupés, Colombia
 
Education/Training
1973 - 1980 M.D. National University of Columbia School of Medicine
Bogotá, Colombia
 
1967 - 1972 Diplo. Refous School
Bogotá, Colombia
 
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
1989 - 1990 Trauma Fellowship
University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, Florida
 
1988 - 1989 Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
University of Miami School of Medicine/
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, Florida
 
1983 - 1988 General Surgery Residency
University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, Florida
 
1982 - 1983 Straight Categorical Surgical Internship
Lutheran Medical Center
Brooklyn, New York
 
Memberships/Societies
 
National/International Societies
2007 - present European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
 
1995 - present American Trauma Society
 
1994 - present Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
 
1994 - present Panamerican Trauma Society
 
1994 - present American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
 
1993 - present National University of Columbia School of Medicine Alumni Association (AEXMUN)
 
1991 - 2004 American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
 
1990 - 2000 Positive End Expiratory Pressure Society
 
1990 - present American College of Surgeons
 
1989 - present Jackson Surgical Society
 
1988 - present American Medical Association
 
Local/Regional Societies
1998 - 2004 Hartford County Medical Association
 
1998 - 2004 Connecticut State Medical Society
 
1991 - 1994 West Virginia State Medical Association
 
1991 - 1994 Monongalia County Medical Society
 
1991 - 1993 Harrison County Medical Society
 
Research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Publications
 
Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Cortés V, Nelson LD.  Errors in estimating energy expenditure in critically ill surgical patients.  Archives of Surgery 124(3):287-290, Mar. 1989.
  2. Gentilello LM, Cortés V, Moujaes S, Viamonte M, Malinin TL, Ho CH, Gomez A.  Continuous arteriovenous rewarming: Experimental results and thermodynamic model simulation of treatment for hypothermia.  Journal of Trauma 30(12):1436-1449, Dec. 1990.  
  3. Norwood S, Ruby A, Civetta JM, Cortés V.  Catheter-related infections and associated septicemia.  Chest 99(4):968-975, Apr. 1991.
  4. Gentilello LM, Cortés V, Buechter KJ, Gomez GA, Castro M, Zeppa R.  Whipple Procedure for Trauma: Is duct ligation a safe alternative to pancreaticojejunostomy?  Journal of Trauma 31(5):661-668, May 1991.
  5. Gentilello LM, Cortés V, Castro M, Byers PM.  Enteral nutrition with simultaneous gastric decompression in critically ill patients.  Critical Care Medicine 21(3):392-395, Mar.1993.
  6. Cowell V, Ciraulo D, Gabram SG, Lawrence D,Cortés V, Edwards T, Jacobs L.  Trauma 24-hour observation critical path.  Journal of Trauma 45(1):147-150, July 1998.
  7. Ciraulo DL, Luk S, Palter M, Cowell V, Welch J, Cortés V, Orlando R, Banever T, Jacobs L.  Selective hepatic arterial embolization of Grade IV and V blunt hepatic injuries and extension of resuscitation in the non-operative management of traumatic hepatic injuries.  Journal of Trauma 45(2):353-358, Aug. 1998.
  8. Luk SS, Jacobs LM, Ciraulo DL, Cortés V, Sable A, Cowell VL.  Outcome assessment of physiologic and clinical predictors of survival in patients after traumatic injury with a trauma score less than 5.   Journal of Trauma 46(1):122-128, Jan. 1999.
  9. Smally AJ, Dufel S, Beckham J, Cortés V.  Inverse intubation: Potential for complications.  Journal of Trauma 52(5):1005-1007, May 2002.
  10. Jacobs LM, Burns KJ, Kaban JM, Gross RI, Cortés V, Brautigam RT, Perdrizet GA, Besman A, Kirton O.  Development and evaluation of the advanced trauma operative management course.  Journal of Trauma 55(3):471-479, Sept. 2003.
  11. McIntosh SE, Salcedo-Dovi H, Cortés V.  Air in the spinal canal associated with trauma.  Journal of Emergency Medicine 31(1):33-35, July 2006.
  12. Ong AW, Rodriguez A, Kelly R, Cortés V, Protech J, Daffner RH.  Detection of cervical spine injuries in alert, asymptomatic geriatric blunt trauma patients: Who benefits from radiologic imaging?  American Surgeon 72(9):773-776, Sept. 2006.
  13. Ong AW, Kelly R, Jeremitsky E, Cortés V, McAuley CE, Rodriguez A.  Liver packing: A variation of an old technique.  Journal of Trauma 63(6):1405-1407, Dec. 2007.
  14. 14. Ong AW, Dysert K, Herbert C, Laux L, Granato J, Lefler R, Crawford J, Rodriguez A, Cortés V.  Trends in central-line associated bloodstream infections in a trauma surgical intensive care unit.  Archives of Surgery 146: 302-307, 2011.
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Research Publications
  1. Sosa JL, Cortés V, Zeppa R.  Melanosis coli: A case report in a trauma patient and review of the literature. [Review]  American Surgeon 57(6):378-380, June 1991.
Abstracts
  1. Ong A, Rodriguez A, Cortes V. Kelly R and Protech J:  Non operative management of adult blunt pancreatic injuries: is it feasible?
    Poster presentation. September 22, 2005 at the AAST 64th meeting Atlanta, GA
  2. Ong A, Grass J, Semple J, Kelly R, Rodriguez A, Cortes V, Krauland J, Tandin A and Protech J. Implementation of service-specific guidelines for epidural analgesia for rib fractures.  Impact on endotracheal intubation and ventilator use.
    Poster presentation, September 22, 2005 at the AAST 64th meeting Atlanta, GA.
  3. Ong A, Rodriguez A. Kelly R, Cortes V, Protech J, Daffner R,  Detection of cervical spine injuries in alert, asymptomatic geriatric blunt trauma patients: who benefits from radiological imaging?  Presented February 20, 2006 at the Southeastern Surgical Congress, Orlando FL.
  4. Ong A, Dysert K, Herbert C, Laux L, Leffler L, Granato J, Cortés V, Zedreck J, Rodriguez A.  Towards elimination of central line associated blood stream infections in the trauma surgical ICU: Impact of hospital wide interventions.  Poster presentation at the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma 67th Annual Meeting, Maui, HI, Sept. 27, 2008.
  5. Smith DE, Cortés V, Jeremitsky E, Rodriguez A, Ong AW.  Elevated liver function tests are useful in detecting liver injury in blunt abdominal trauma.  Poster presentation at the Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, Feb. 21, 2010.
Editorials, Chapters & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Gentilello LM, Cortés V.  Enteral nutrition with gastric decompression: The authors reply. [Letter] Critical Care Medicine 21:1983-1984, 1984
  2. Palter MD, Cortés V.  Secondary triage of the trauma patient in the ICU.  Chap. 44 in Civetta JM, Taylor RW, Kirby RR (eds.): Critical Care, Second Edition.  Philadelphia: JB Lippincott, 1992, 611-625.
  3. Cortés V, Palter MD, Kreis DJ Jr.  Abdominal trauma: Diagnostic steps and postoperative considerations.  Chap. 46 in Civetta JM, Taylor RW, Kirby RR (eds.): Critical Care, Second Edition.  Philadelphia: JB Lippincott, 1992, 641-657.
  4. Palter MD, Cortés V.  Secondary triage of the trauma patient in the ICU.  Chap. 68 in Civetta JM, Taylor RW, Kirby RR (eds.): Critical Care, Third Edition.  Philadelphia: JB Lippincott, 1996, 1045-1064.
  5. Cortés V, Palter MD, McKenney M.  Abdominal trauma: Diagnostic steps and postoperative considerations.  Chap. 70 in Civetta JM, Taylor RW, Kirby RR (eds.): Critical Care, Third Edition.  Philadelphia: JB Lippincott, 1996, 1075-1098.
  6. Cortés V.  Methylene blue pancreatography.  In Jacobs LM, Gross R, Luk S (eds.): Advanced Trauma Operative Management Surgical Strategies for Penetrating Trauma.  Woodbury, CT: Cine-Med, Inc., 2004,209 -210.
  7. Ong AW, Cortés V, Rodriguez A.  Shock.  Chap. 10 in Ferrada RR, Rodriguez A (eds.): Trauma, Second Edition.  Panamerican Trauma Society, Distribuna Editorial, 2008, 93-102.
  8. Cortés V, Ong AW, Rodriguez A.  Blunt thoracic vascular trauma.  Chap. 23 in Ferrada RR, Rodriguez A (eds.): Trauma, Second Edition.  Panamerican Trauma Society, Distribuna Editorial, 2008, 269-284.
  9. Cortes V. Methylene blue pancreatography.  In Jacobs LM, Luk S (eds): American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma  Advanced Trauma Operative Management: Surgical Strategies for Penetrating Trauma. Woodbury CT: Cine Med Publishing Inc, 2010, 180-181.
  10. Cortés V, Rodriguez A.  Management of rectal injuries.  In Cameron JL, Cameron A (eds.): Current Surgical therapy, Tenth Edition.  St. Louis: Mosby, 2010, 953-956.
Alternative Media
  1. Cortés VFellow’s Manual: Surgical Intensive Care Unit.  Miami: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, 1990.
 
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
06/14 The Reading Hospital Trauma Center
John Pryor Award for Excellence in Teaching
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
General Surgery Residency Program.
 
09/03 Honorary Member, National University of Colombia School of Medicine Alumni Association (AEXMUN)
 
06/91 - 07/92 Bernard Zimmerman Outstanding Surgery Attending Award, Department of Surgery
West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia
 
06/85 - 06/86 Ellen Whiteside McDonnell Education Award
University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Burn Unit
Miami, Florida
 
02/22/80 Diploma of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery
awarded with honors (cum laude)
National University of Colombia School of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia

Dr. Vicente Cortes

 
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