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Juan Ortega-Barnett, MD
Assistant Professor
Departments: Surgery
Specialties: Neurosurgery
Languages: English, Spanish
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Dr. Juan Ortega Barnett was born in Dallas Texas and raised in both the United States and Mexico. He completed his medical training at La Salle University Medical School Mexico City and spent a year on an Indian Reservation as the local physician in northern Mexico. He went on to complete a full neurosurgical residency at the Mexico General Hospital and extended four more years of general surgery training at the University of West Virginia. He then completed a full second Neurosurgical residency training with six more years at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh PA. He also completed a Neuro-Oncology fellowship at the Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is double-boarded in Neurosurgery. He was in private practice in Boston and Houston prior to joining the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) as an academic Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery.

He has won multiple awards and honors including the Spirit Award, the Resident Teaching Award, the Surgical Resident Research Award and first place in the Surgical Resident Paper Competition Zimmerman lectureship at West Virginia University. He won the Bronze Torch Award and Resident Research Award at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He won second place the national Top Gun competition for technical surgical precision and dexterity at the American Association of Neurological Surgery in 2005. For two years in a row he was a nominee for Physician of the Year Award at Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Ortega completed his Masters in Scholars of Education at UTMB and is very active in teaching medical students and neurosurgical residents. He has participated in many conferences and workshops as guest lecturer both national and internationally. Dr. Ortega has multiple peer reviewed publications and book chapters.

He has a wide experience in managing cranial and peripheral nerve disorders, neuro-oncologic pathology, complex spine surgery, neuro-vascular disease, surgery for epilepsy and vagal nerve stimulators, neuro-trauma as well as minimally invasive neurosurgery.

Dr. Ortega has received many praises from his patients and staff as a very dedicated and compassionate physician.

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Medical/Professional School:

La Salle University Medical School - Negros Occidental, Philippines, MD, 1990


General Surgery, West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV, 1996


Neurosurgery, Pittsburgh Allegheny General Hospital - Pittsburgh, PA, 2007

Neurosurgery, Pittsburgh Allegheny General Hospital - Pittsburgh, PA


Brain Tumor, Harvard Medical School - Boston, MA


Mexican Society of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Neurological Surgery

UTMB Health Neurosurgery - Galveston
1005 Harborside Drive 5th Floor
Galveston, TX 77555
Fax: (409) 772-4456

UTMB Health Neurosurgery - League City Campus Clinics
2240 Gulf Freeway South Suite 2.110
League City, TX 77573
Fax: (281) 309-0419

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very goodJan 18,2017
He is one of the best doctors I have seen.Jan 23,2017
Dr. Ortega was the kindest physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. He was genuinely caring and concerned for my problem.Apr 05,2017
Dr. Juan Ortega Barnett is the most conscientious Neurosurgeon I have ever met. He makes it very clear when he explains what is going on in my back. During one visit, when his computer monitor would not show the images of my back, he took me to a monitor in another room to make sure I fully understood what was happening to my spinal cord.May 08,2017
Dr.Ortega is one of the finest employees/providers on your staff in your hospital. He is a very caring Doctor who shows genuine concern for your health. Thank-youMay 10,2017
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