Pilar Ortega, MD (Class of 2013) was named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40. Dr. Ortega was recognized for her significant contribution to Chicago’s Latino community with her organization called Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA).
“The organization, founded in 2017, is dedicated to building ties between the city’s Latino physicians and health care providers in training. “One of our goals is to help Latino (doctors) stand out and to advance in their careers,” Ortega says. “Many of us have felt for a long time the lack of leadership just because there aren’t many of us out there.” Ortega’s organization now has more than 300 members, including physicians and students.
Dr. Pilar Ortega was born in Madrid, Spain and grew up in Miami, Florida. She attended Johns Hopkins and received her B.A. in philosophy. She then went on to graduate from the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine and completed her residency training there as well. Dr. Ortega is a board-certified Emergency Physician in practice at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Lakeview. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor with dual appointments at the University of Illinois Chicago Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education, where she directs and teaches the Medical Spanish program for the College of Medicine’s Hispanic Center of Excellence.