Ernesto Cortez DO | Family Medicine Physician | Bellflower, CA | PIH Health
Ernesto Cortez

Ernesto Cortez DO


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4.7 / 5 (based on 395 Reviews) View 91 Comments

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Ernesto Cortez DO takes interest in working closely with his patients to make sure they get the right resources and information about their individual conditions. His approach to patient care is deeply rooted in the cultural understanding of each of his patients, enabling him to deliver care that is appropriate and meaningful for each patient. Dr. Cortez was born in Michoacan, Mexico. At the age of nine, he relocated with his parents and his brother to Santa Barbara, California, where his family worked as farm workers on a lemon orchard. He discovered his interest in medicine while taking science classes in high school. Determined to learn more about the medical field, he began volunteering at a local community clinic where he interacted with patients, learned to take vitals, conduct simple tests, and found mentorship under the wing of doctors and specialists. His volunteer experience inevitably motivated him to pursue a career as a physician.

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Physicians





  • Family Medicine

Additional Languages

  • Spanish


Medical School

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific


Highland General Hospital (California)


Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

Board Certifications

  • Family Medicine


Patient Reviews

September 09, 2022
When I received the blood work, the shot was very very painful. The nurse needs to practice how to give a shot less painful.
September 01, 2022
Dr.Cortez and his nurse are always a pleasure to be with. Dr.Cortez "IS" the man! Thank you guys.
August 31, 2022
Dr Cortez is a wonderful doctor who really listens to you when you are seen by him. He is very friendly and sympathetic to what medical issues you need treatment for. He is an awesome doctor and I wish there was more doctors like him. His office staff is wonderful too. They are friendly and tell you on your way out if there's anything you need to just give them a call. They are very accommodating and easy to talk too. Dr Cortez and his office staff are the BEST!
August 24, 2022
Very professional and helpful
August 18, 2022
Dr. Cortez is a very good doctor and attentive and respectful and I feel that the diagnosis was appropriate. Thank you.
August 17, 2022
The Most Amazing Experience with Dr Cortez and very impressed with all his informative information about going over my medical health and jyst his overall mannerism. Wonderful Doctor and so blessed with another Great Doctor from PIH. Thankyou!!!!!
August 05, 2022
Dr Cortez really took his time to explain everything and answer my questions.
August 04, 2022
They take time to call one
August 04, 2022
Dr. Cortez was very professional in explaining the importance of following the recommendations for my health. The quick laboratory results was pleasant. The doctor was able to share his concern and the timely recommendations to improve my health. Excellent work. THANK YOU.
July 28, 2022
Dr. Cortez is the best doctor around.
July 20, 2022
Dr. Cortez has been our family physician for over 30 years & we love him because He really does care for us a great deal! Thank You Dr. Cortez! Your appreciated!??????
July 12, 2022
Not much, it went well.
July 12, 2022
Dr.Cortez and his staff were all so kind and understanding and listened to my concerns. And he asked several times if I had any more issues.
July 08, 2022
Nurses were very knowledgeable professional and cordial. Doctor Ernesto Cortez is one of the best doctors very professional,knowledgeable always friendly Thumbs up for dr Cortez
July 07, 2022
(name removed) who helped me in the check in office was absolutely incredibly nice she also assisted me in making my appt and was extremely helpful! Thank you!!
June 21, 2022
Dr. Cortez is very efficient with his work and makes me feel comfortable in every aspect.
June 17, 2022
Everything is great
June 16, 2022
Dr Cortez is a excellent doctor because he always listen to my questions and always gives me good advice.
June 10, 2022
Great support from Dr.Cortez and staff AS ALWAYS !!! He has been the best for years !1 Thank you for keeping us well and safe! God bless you !
June 09, 2022
Dr. Cortez is excellent and a lovely person. He has been my doctor for over 25 years.
June 02, 2022
Excellent service
May 27, 2022
Great provider.
May 26, 2022
I have seen Dr. Cortez for many many years and I will keep on seeing him, and yes I would recommend him to my friends and family.
May 23, 2022
I liked how Dr. Cortez treated me!
May 18, 2022
Dr Cortez is the most Professional, Understanding and courteous Dr Iv'e ever seen, He is very caring about his patients and he makes going to see the Doctor a good experience. Dr Cortez you rock!!!!
May 04, 2022
I love the way Dr. Cortez respects my thoughts and is always willing to provide the best possible help.
April 26, 2022
The Dr. is always interested in what you have to say and listens attentively
April 26, 2022
The doctor pays attention to what you have to say.
April 26, 2022
always excellant
April 22, 2022
Dr. And staff members are very professional, welcoming, and friendly, helpful. I'm always very satisfied with my office visits. Keep up the good work! Thank you for your service.
April 21, 2022
Dr. Cortez is always respectful of what you have to say and listens to you.
April 14, 2022
I've been seeing Dr. Cortez for many many years. He is an excellent doctor and he explains everything. He shows you all what's going on and I would not go to any other doctor, except Dr. Cortez.
April 14, 2022
I was very pleased with the visit and would recommend the treatment to other patients.
April 14, 2022
I had a great experience.
April 14, 2022
He is a very professional and very good doctor, we are very happy with him, thank you.
April 13, 2022
I found it disrespectful when the nurse shouted my name from down the hall instead of walking over to the waiting room to collect me.
April 07, 2022
Second to none for over 40 years with Dr. Cortez.
April 05, 2022
Dr Cortez is very kind, explain in a simple language and listens to what I have to say. Very professional and personable, treats me like I am his family.
April 05, 2022
The staff is friendly and the doctor is good and very nice to his patients
March 21, 2022
I have a reoccurring UTI that I don't think he's doctor's, realize the severity or it could be me the I'm not sure what that's all.
March 14, 2022
Dr. Cortez is the best ever, I like the way he treats his patient because he's very respectful, he listens and he treat us as a person, not as a number. Thank you for him, for having him in there.
March 10, 2022
I like pih it's worked out very good for me.
March 07, 2022
Excellent service I love it.
February 28, 2022
Good service, but lately when I dial to make an appointment it takes a long time on the phone for someone to answer.
February 23, 2022
Dr. Cortez has been my doctor for over 20 years. I value and respect him highly. His guidance and care have always been to the highest quality. He is very caring and always listens to you. Thank you
February 16, 2022
Dr. Cortez is a really great doctor. He listen to my symptoms and listen to me and he was very compassionate and understanding understand. Enough time to listen to my concerns and he's really a good doctor. I will be come in 10, and the staff are very nice and understanding to, especially when I have I wasn't comfortable because I didn't like, like a closed doors of the doesn't anxiety and they were very, very helpful to me. So, highly recommended.
February 04, 2022
Excelente Professional
February 04, 2022
I am happy the Dr spent more than 10 minutes talking to me about my health and medical history.
February 01, 2022
I'm very happy to have chosen dr ernesto
January 31, 2022
Dr. Ernesto Cortez is the best, very friendly and explains everything very properly. Listens to all concerns and answers all questions very well. He is too good. I would highly recommend Dr. Ernesto Cortez.
January 26, 2022
Great bedside manner. Thoughtful
January 26, 2022
I say that we know the courteous doctor, we have been very satisfied with his attention and thanks for the attention, which he gives us very happy, thank you.
January 25, 2022
The courteous doctor treated me, he treated me well. Thanks for everything.
January 20, 2022
Dr Ernesto Cortez hands down best doctor to bad all your urgent care doctors not even doctors just physician assistant [word removed] I guess to finish medical school. I had bronchitis and apparently urgent care thought to tell me just ride it out so I will get a bill for [word removed] service that was on January 16th Whittier urgent care a PA [word removed] experience
January 19, 2022
Everything was super gracious.
January 18, 2022
I had appointment at 1 o'clock. The people didn't get back from lunch til 130. That's it. Bye.
January 18, 2022
Overall, a very good experience.
January 14, 2022
The attention of the courteous doctor for me is excellent, I always look for him for care, he explains all my problems well and I trust him completely, thank you.
January 07, 2022
For me the courteous doctor and the nurses are wonderful service, especially because they treated me like a person and I am very grateful, very grateful. I give a 10 to that whole hospital. Thank you very much, is all I have to say, thank you.
December 30, 2021
What they have to improve on is when you show up for an appointment that they don't have (unreadable) and wait and wait at least (unreadable).
December 30, 2021
The courteous doctor is very excellent, we have known him for many years, he has been our Dr. He is very good, I am speaking on behalf of my husband because he has also been my doctor and he is a very good doctor. I recommend it to more people, okay, thanks.
December 28, 2021
It was perfect, I am very satisfied with what the doctor and all his staff did and all this was perfectly. Okay, a lot of very nice times and a very happy day.
December 27, 2021
Dr. Cortez is STILL THE VERY BEST DOCTOR for years!!! Thank you so much Dr. Cortez for EVERYTHING !!! Your staff is still excellent too!
December 10, 2021
I so appreciate being able to tele conference with my doctors office. Very important to have questions about my health care discussed and talked thru. Efficient and productive. Please allow this to always be available.
December 08, 2021
Dr Cortez is caring and comforting along with his nurse [name removed]. She is most definitely an asset to his team.
December 07, 2021
It was friendly and comfortable to talk with the staff
December 01, 2021
Dr. Cortez is first rate and cares about you. He is a true professional and you are blessed to have him on your staff.
November 26, 2021
We have known Dr. Ernesto Cortez for 23 years, he has always been very attentive and efficient. And we have gladly recommended it to our family and friends. And the clinic staff are very helpful and friendly. Thanks!!!
November 26, 2021
I wish he would listen to what really wanted him to give me treatment wise that worked for me several times in the past. Im in so much pain I might go to ER today
November 24, 2021
Service excellent.
November 23, 2021
I have trust in my doctor and he has alot of compassion for his patients and a caring heart and explains very through .
November 22, 2021
Dr. Cortez is very respectful. You feel like he's like family when he talks to you. He is very knowledgeable and explains everything to you and he listens to you and your medical issues.
November 19, 2021
The doctor's office is a courteous, professional office. I have been dealing with them for 36 years and everything and my wife as well and we have been happy with Dr. Cortez, that is why we are still with him. Thanks.
November 19, 2021
Dr Cortez, always listens to my input.
November 18, 2021
November 16, 2021
all is good
November 15, 2021
The staff here was very courteous and helpful. Dr. Ernesto Cortez was very through in explaining medical information and things I need to do to stay healthy. He is a very good doctor who genuinely cares about his patients.
November 12, 2021
Thank you Dr. Cortez for many years of quality health care and treasured memories. You are always in our hearts and memories and we are grateful for you being an inportant part of our lives. God bless you. [PHI removed]
November 04, 2021
Dr. Cortez's nurses are very professional, especially [name removed] who treats patients with great respect and professionalism.
November 02, 2021
Was a great appointment
November 01, 2021
They explain things very well and in a language that you understand.
October 27, 2021
Excellent service.
October 27, 2021
Well, it went very well for me, I do very well with Dr. Cortez. I got into very well, I have no complaints whatsoever.
October 26, 2021
I felt very comfortable with the doctor. He was pleasant and answered all of my questions.
October 22, 2021
Overall very professional. Good visit
October 19, 2021
It's nice to have found a doctor that listens and explains things to his patients, it shows he's a caring physician and actually likes what does.
October 14, 2021
Keep up your Great Work an Thank You for Caring enough for those of us that at times can be a little annoying
October 14, 2021
Excellent service and so respectful environment
October 14, 2021
I love the doctor. I love the clinic, it is good care, very good treatment of the patient at my doctor. Well, it explains all my stuff to me. There I am very happy with him and with his team to work.
October 08, 2021
for me everything was very good with doctor Cortez
October 06, 2021
Dr. Cortez is really nice doctor and very professional. Him and his staff, they treat me with courtesy. He has...he devote the time to explain things to me. I'm really so thrilled with having him as my primary care physician, him and his staff in his office. Thank you. Bye.
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