Santos Cortez, DDS

My practice philosophy is to provide the best possible dental care for children in a friendly environment and to advocate for children's welfare in any way that I can. I enjoy seeing children who have perhaps been afraid of what we do for them develop trust and a positive attitude towards us. After 32 years of continuous private practice, I still enjoy working with families every day and keeping children in good oral health.

I have been on the teaching staff through the University of Southern California School of Dentistry since 1980 and work with the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. I am also on the medical staff at Miller Children's Hospital and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where I admit patients. I have been on several committees there and am currently on the Governing Board of Directors.

I enjoy working within communities, both locally and internationally. I work with the RAM Clinics in Los Angeles and have gone on dental missions with the International Health Emissaries.

I like to inspire and motivate my team members to enjoy what we do and to train them to help me deliver excellent care. I like the positive attitude and great energy that they bring to our team. They bring new ideas for discussion and are excited when we adopt and implement those ideas.

This physician is a member of MemorialCare Physician Society which drives clinical outcomes and performance for MemorialCare Health System.

Specialties

  • Dentistry - Pediatric
  • Dentistry

Education

Type:
Medical Education
Institution:
University of Southern California - Dental School
Date Completed:
1976
Type:
Fellowship
Institution:
Rancho Los Amigos Hospital
Type:
Residency
Institution:
University of Southern California - LA County Medical Center

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