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Natalia Ortiz-Torrent, MD


Natalia Ortiz-Torrent, MD, FAPA


Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Medical Director, Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry

Telephone:  215-707-5987

Email: natalia.ortiz@temple.edu



Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science


Educational Background:


BS, Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus, Puerto Rico, 1997


MD, Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 2001


Internship, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


Residency, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2005


Training in ECT, Belmont Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2004


Training in Eating Disorders, The Renfrew Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2005


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clinical Interests:

  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosomatic medicine
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Cultural psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy
  • CBT for anxiety in patients with COPD or pain

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board certifications:

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2006
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychosomatic Medicine), 2008

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professional affiliations:

  • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • American Neuropsychiatry Association; Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Psychiatry Associations
  • American Psychiatry Association
  • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Medical Societies

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research interests:


  • Psychiatric comorbidities in gastroparesis
  • Eating disorders in patients with gastroparesis
  • Suicide risk assessment in the general hospital
  • PTSD and delirium in patients with cancer
  • Incidence of neglect of lung cancer in patients with schizophrenia

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Book Chapters:


H.P. Parkman, R.W. McCallum, et al. Gastroparesis: Pathophysiology, Presentation and Treatment, Clinical Gastroenterology. Chapter: Psychological aspects of gastroparesis pp. 303- 313. Springer Science and Business Media. LLC, 2012 (DOI: 10.1007/978-1-60761-552_1_25. ISBN-13: 9781607615514.


Ortiz N. “Behavioral Management of Pain”. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (Anesthesia Pocket Consult for iPod) by Burkey, D.R., M.D. Chapter 87:pp.203-2004. Saunders, January 2009. (ISB: 978-1-4160-3344-8).


Peer Reviewed Articles:


19377027.  Ortiz N, Johnson S, Korbage A, Lamdan RM. “Caregiver status: a potential risk factor for extreme self neglect”. Psychosomatics, 2009; 50:166–168


Non-Peer Reviewed Articles:


Ortiz, N: “Binge-Eating Disorders: Clinical Foundations and Treatment” By James E. Mitchell. Psychosomatics, 50:2, 182-183




Weisman HW, Kaplan L, Ortiz N.  "Teaching and Learning at the Medical-Psychiatric Interface:  A Residency Training Perspective".  Issue Workshop.  American Psychiatry Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2008.


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