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David Cortese, MD, FAAOS

Available for TeleVisits

Practicing at:

Orthopedic Center
Lompoc Health -
Orthopedic Center

1025 E Ocean Ave #A, Lompoc, CA 93436

Monday - Thursday 8 am – 5 pm
Friday 8 am – 12 pm

Dr. David Cortese completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Arizona, and he worked as an engineer with the former Santa Barbara Research Center in Goleta. He completed his pre-med coursework at UCSB and earned his Medical Degree from UC Irvine's College of Medicine. His Orthopaedic Surgery residency was completed in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico. He completed an additional year of fellowship training in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, and Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Cortese is a Fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also a 12-year Army veteran with past deployments to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Dr. Cortese's current practice at Lompoc Health - Orthopedic Center is focused on general orthopedics, arthroscopy, and sports medicine.

Certifications and Licenses

  • Orthopedic Surgery - The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Licensed Physician and Surgeon - Medical Board of California

Common Procedures

  • Operative and Non-Operative Treatment of Hip, Shoulder, and Knee Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Meniscus Repair
  • Cartilage Restoration
  • Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Replacement
  • Fracture Care


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine and treatment of sports-related injuries
  • Arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery
  • Osteoarthritis treatment including joint replacement and injection therapy
  • Trauma/Fracture Care
  • Work-Related Injuries


Type School Name Location Completed
Medical School University of California, Irvine: College of Medicine Irvine, CA United States 2000
Residency University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM United States 2005
Fellowship Southern California Orthopedic Institute Van Nuys, CA United States 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English