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Meet Dr. Cortés

Houston Plastic Surgeon - Dr. Wilberto Cortés

Dr. Wilberto G. Cortés was born in Puerto Rico, the beautiful Island of Enchantment in the Caribbean. Early in his academic years at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, he decided to apply for medical school to become a plastic surgeon.

He received numerous awards and distinctions during college and graduated Magna Cum Laude. As  he pursued his dream of becoming a plastic surgeon, he was accepted at Ponce School of Medicine, a US accredited medical school located in Ponce, Puerto Rico. After four years of meeting the requirements of an intense educational curriculum, he graduated with the highest academic distinction of his class and was accepted in an integrated plastic surgery program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he completed a very challenging plastic surgery training.

During his training, he spent a year doing research,  traveled to South America, and was able to develop a protocol for facial anatomic dissections in order to determine and analyze the anatomical basis of a youthful face and neck. This landmark study was presented in the most prestigious plastic surgery meetings nationwide and has been quoted in one of the most recent books of necklifting techniques. His dedication, open mindedness, and keen eye allowed him to determine the location of the retaining ligaments of the neck. These structures are believed to be one of the many factors involved in the aging process. Due to hundreds of hours of anatomic dissections in the States and South America, Dr. Cortés has been able to master in detail the anatomy of the body.

This has allowed him to fully understand the underlying problems to surgically choose the best procedures to correct the aging process.

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After his residency,  he had the privilege and opportunity to visit many different authorities in the field of plastic surgery.  Dr. Cortés was able to spend time in Miami with one of the greatest specialists in the area of liposculpture and buttock shaping. He has attained world-class training in breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, liposculpture, and buttock shaping with fat grafting.

He is always looking for the best way to accomplish the patients’ goals by having a keen eye, highly developed skills, an open-minded attitude, and a vast knowledge of the most recent techniques in the art of plastic surgery. His main emphasis is on assertive individual attention to diagnose the underlying problem in each patient in order to recommend the best surgical options followed by exquisite patient care.  Consequently, when both of these elements are carefully combined, the body is transformed into the rejuvenated divine shape you have longed for.

The time has come for you to rethink your dream and let your hidden natural charm afloat.      

WILBERTO CORTES M.D.

EDUCATION

1994-1997 Pontifical Catholic University of P.R.              Ponce, P.R. Bachelor’s degree in General Sciences

1997-2001 Ponce School of Medicine Ponce, P.R. Doctor in Medicine USA accredited medical school

2001-2002  Medical College of Wisconsin                       Milwaukee, WI Surgical internship

2004-2005 Medical College of Wisconsin                        Milwaukee, WI Research fellow

2001-2007       Medical College of Wisconsin                   Milwaukee, WI Plastic Surgery residency

2007- 2008    Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship

Medical College of Wisconsin                                              Milwaukee, WI PEER REVIEW PUBLICATIONS

1. Stadler JA, Cortés W, Zhang LL, Hanger CC, Gosain AK. Reinvestigation of murine cranial suture biology: Micro-CT versus histology technique.  Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 118:3, 626, 2006.

2. Cortés W, Gosain AK. Recurrent ectopic calcification involving the maxillofacial skeleton: a potential harbinger of Albright’s osteodystrophy. J. Craniofac. Surg 17(1): 21-7, 2006 Jan.

3. Sanger J, Cortés W, Yan JG. Intraneural ganglion of the suprascapular nerve: Case report.  J. Hand. Surg. American Volume. 31(1): 40-4, 2006.

4. Cortés W, Cheng J, Matloub HS. Intraneural perineurioma in a 9-year-old child. J. Hand. Surg.  2005. 30(4): 820.

PRESENTATIONS AT LOCAL MEETINGS

• The retaining ligaments of the neck. The anatomical basis of the youthful neck. Cortés W, Yousif NJ, Sanger J, Ramírez C, Matloub HS. Presented at the Plastic Surgery Research Conference, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, May 28, 2005.

• Refinements of tissue expansion for pediatric forehead reconstruction. Cortés W, Gosain AK.  Presented at the Annual Research Day, Department of Plastic Surgery, Milwaukee, WI, June 17, 2005.

• The retaining ligaments of the neck. The anatomical basis of the youthful neck. Cortés W, Yousif NJ, Sanger J, Ramírez C, Matloub HS. Presented at the 42nd Wisconsin Society of Plastic Surgeons. Milwaukee, WI, March 21, 2006.

• The retaining ligaments of the neck. The anatomical basis of the youthful neck. Cortés W, Yousif NJ, Sanger J, Ramírez C, Matloub HS. Presented at the Resident Research Day, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, June 23, 2006.

• Micro-CT a viable technique to determine patterns of cranial suture fusion. Cortés W, Gosain AK. Presented at the Resident Research Day, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, June 23, 2006.

• The use of the superior-medial pedicle in severe gynecomastia. Cortés W, Larson, DL.  Presented at the Resident Research Day, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, June 15, 2007.

PRESENTATIONS AT REGIONAL MEETINGS

• The retaining ligaments of the neck. The anatomical basis of the youthful neck. Cortés W, Yousif NJ, Sanger J, Ramírez C, Matloub HS. Presented at the Midwest Association of Plastic  Surgeons, Springfield, IL, April 30, 2006.

• Refinements of tissue expansion for pediatric forehead reconstruction. Cortés W, Gosain AK . Presented at the Michigan Association of Plastic Surgeons, June 17, 2006.

• The use of superior-medial pedicle in severe gynecomastia. Cortés W, Larson, DL. Presented at the 43rd Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons, Chicago, IL,  May, 2006.

PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL MEETINGS

• The retaining ligaments of the neck. The anatomical basis of the youthful neck. Cortés W, Yousif NJ, Sanger J, Ramírez C, Matloub HS. Presented at the 42nd American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Hilton Head, SC, May 6, 2006.

• The retaining ligaments of the neck. The anatomical basis of the youthful neck. Cortés W, Yousif NJ, Sanger J, Ramírez C, Matloub HS. Presented at the 39th American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Orlando, Fl, April 21, 2006.

• Refinements of tissue expansion for pediatric forehead reconstruction. Cortés W, Gosain AK.  Presented at the Senior Resident Conference. Pasadena, CA.   February 1, 2007.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Undergraduate

• Beta Beta Beta Honor Society • Phi Sigma Alpha Fraternity (1994) • Biology Club (1994-1997) • Alpha Chi Honors Society, Alpha Chapter (1997) • Pre-Medicine Club • Honors Program (1994-1997)

Graduate:

• American Medical Association • American Medical Student Association • Member of Board of Directors, Class of 2001 (1997-1998) • Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society, Beta Chapter • Public relationS representative of AOA, Beta Chapter 2000

Post-graduate:

• Wisconsin Medical Society • American Medical Association • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons• America Association Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

 

Current:

• Montgomery County Medical Association • Texas Medical Association • American Medical Association

 LANGUAGES

• Fully bilingual: Spanish and English

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Mayo Clinic; Rochester, Minnesota; Summer 1998. Clinical Summer Internship under Dr. Juan Bowen

• Nominated for class president in Medical School

• Ranked 1 in medical school Class 2001

• Ponce School of Medicine, Nomination for Alpha Omega Alpha, National Board of Directors, 2000

• USMLE step 1 highest score in my class: 249 (98%)

Undergraduate:

• Honors Program (1994-1997) • National Honors Dean’s List (1996-1997) • Medal for Highest Academic Distinction (1995-1996) • Honors Academic Scholarship (1994-1997) • Honors Certificate (1995-1996, 1996-1997) • Medal for Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.949 • Plaque from Honors Program (1994-1996)

Graduate:

• National Honors Dean’s List (1997-1998)

• Honors earned in:

1. First year: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Neuroanatomy

2. Second year: Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology, Introduction to Clinical Medicine II and Biostatics II

3. Third year: Surgery, Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology

• Medal for Highest Academic Distinction, Class of 2001. -Dr. Luis F. Sala. • Plaque for Highest Academic Distinction in Surgery, Class 2001. – Fundación Francisco L. Raffucchi • Plaque for excellence in the medicine program – Manuel Martínez Maldonado.

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