Galen Cortina, MD, PhD




APMG Galen Cortina

Member Since: 2013
Title: Title: Associate, Staff Pathologist at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
Training: Medical College of Wisconsin, UCLA
Specialty Expertise: Surgical Pathology; GI , Liver, and Pancreas Pathology
Other Interests: Weight training, Recess




Dr. Cortina was born in Torrance, CA at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 1963.  He is a passionate biologist from the molecular to whole ecosystem scale. He has a long history of patient care beginning with an EMT 1 in high school and nurse’s aid jobs through college. The Medical College of Wisconsin awarded him a medical scientist scholarship, where he completed his medical and microbiology doctorates. Doctor Cortina trained in AP/CP at UCLA. Later as a UCLA professor he developed a GI/Liver/Pancreas subspecialty practice and was Chief of GI Pathology for 10 years. His research interests are primarily in the area of unusual enteropathies such as endocrinopathies of the GI tract, intestinal transplant, HIV enteropathy, and NSAID injury. He has over 50 publications including some in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Human Pathology, Gastroenterology and PLoS One.  He has taught medical students, residents and fellows.  In recent years he has been active in the GI Pathology Society at the educational and executive level. He was named President Elect in 2014 of the Roger G. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. In 2013, he wished closer contact with community pathology and joined with Affiliated Pathologists Medical Group.
At last, a Hollywood gig…My experience at APMG-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and other APMG sites has reinforced a heartfelt value, teamwork. The cooperative spirit is the best I have enjoyed since graduate school. This spirit is complemented by collegiality and good humor. I feel a kinship with a team that embraces a ‘none of us is as smart as all of us’ maxim.
Galen Cortina, MD, PhD