Robert M. Cortina, MD, FACS

Certification: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Registrar: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Residency: General Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Research Fellow: Surgical Oncology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
MD: Cor et Manus, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
BS: Cum Laude, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY
Fellow: American College of Surgeons 

Member: Society of Thoracic Surgeons (Fellow), American Society of Breast Surgeons, New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society, North Carolina Medical Society, LD Britt Surgical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Awards: Patient’s Choice Award, 2011-12; Compassionate Doctor Recognition 2011-12

Leadership Positions: Past President, LD Britt Surgical Society; Chairman/Medical Director, Atlantic Surgicenter; Director, Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program, Wilmington Surgical Associates; North Carolina Medical Society Leadership College

“Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work at something that’s worth doing. There is no more noble a profession than medicine, and in the Art of Medicine, that part that cures by the hand. My early life experiences with family illness, and with life as fragile and temporary, fostered in me a clear conception of what a surgeon should be: the first, that he be learned; the second, that he be expert; the third, that he be ingenious; the fourth, that he be well-mannered.

“To try to influence the length of one’s life may be a somewhat futile endeavor, but to affect the width and depth is boundless. Life’s width and depth are matters of the head and heart. It is education that forms the mind, and experience, the heart. I realized that surgery requires a commitment and dedication that necessitates a person to be creative with what little free time he has if he desires a successful family life in addition to being a successful physician. I am blessed to have the support from the people around me that has allowed me to become a physician of the highest ideals: a tireless worker; a stimulating teacher; an indefatigable contributor to the scientific movement; and most importantly, a husband to his college sweetheart and father to a daughter who are my life… my world… why I breathe!”

Wilmington patients tell their stories.

Dr. Cortina and Byron are the best. They both went above board when my husband was so sick. And also to me when I had my surgeries. I would never have anyone else operate on me. They are a true blessing.    – Ellie H.

The best experience I have had with a health care provider! Thank you Dr. Cortina and staff. J    – John B.

The care provided by Byron Carter and Dr. Cortina was excellent, very kind and considerate of your feelings and answered any questions I had. To be a great Doctor of course is having the knowledge of what you are doing and these two have that, but also the compassion for human life shines through them.    – Rachel S.

I feel so fortunate that I was referred to Dr. Cortina. In addition to being an amazing surgeon, I appreciate his thorough explanations and his sense of humor.    – Kathryn T.