Dr. Diana P. Cortes is the third generation in a family of healthcare providers. She attributes her interest in patient care and ethics to her late grandfather, who was a Medical Doctor, and her passion for patient advocacy to her mother, who is a prominent Dentist in Seattle, Washington.
As an undergraduate student she participated in biomedical engineering research at Vanderbilt University as part of VaNTH (Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Texas, Harvard/MIT) Engineering Research Centers before graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Environmental Health from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Following graduation, she participated in a master’s program at Boston University where she became involved in public health research, before returning to Seattle for her dental education. During her training at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, she participated in honors courses related to periodontal surgery and endodontics. She also participated in competitive elective courses in oral pathology, oral surgery, and the Tucker gold study club. She also received numerous scholarships for her merits including the Dean Karl Ake Omenell Edowment, Psi Omega scholarship, Kellogg scholarship, and the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators award. Dr. Cortes also acted as Director of the University’s 45th St Homeless Youth Clinic, and was recognized by the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Donald E. Compaan Endowment for her service.
Following graduation, Dr. Cortes relocated from Seattle to Denver, Colorado, in search of sunshine, and practiced with the Cody Dental Group before moving to New York to further her training. Once here, she dedicated one year of residency through Lutheran Medical Center and a Columbia University.
Currently, Dr. Cortes is furthering her training through week-long, intense courses offered at the Pankey Institute. In addition, she participates in local continuing education courses and research symposiums in order to stay current with the ever-changing world of dental developments and technology.
In her spare time, Dr. Cortes enjoys exploring the various community-involvement opportunities that the New York Junior League has to offer. These include Park Improvement Projects and the Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse training course, which develops members of the community to become effective Board Members for local nonprofit organizations. She also enjoys winter sports in Vermont, rock climbing The Gunks, back-country camping in the Adirondack High Peaks, and developing new recipes when relaxing at home.