Dr. David Cortese, MD

Dr. David Cortese provides a full range of Orthopaedic services to the community. Dr. Cortese is a fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Reconstructive Surgery.


Dr. Cortese is no stranger to the Central Coast. After completing his undergraduate and graduate training in Engineering Physics and Optical Science, he moved to Goleta, where he worked at the former Santa Barbara Research Center designing and analyzing optical systems and developing technologies for infrared sensors. He lived and worked in the area for six years and fell in love with the region’s climate and relaxed lifestyle. However, he found the research lacked a human component since he worked with machinery in a lab setting.

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Licensed Physician and Surgeon
    Medical Board of California


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


TypeSchool NameLocationCompleted
Medical SchoolUniversity of California, Irvine: College of MedicineIrvine, CA United States2000
ResidencyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerque, NM United States2005
FellowshipSouthern California Orthopedic InstituteVan Nuys, CA United States2006

Languages Spoken

  • English