Dr. Zenia Cortes, UniMed Direct’s Medical Director, brings her combined expertise in sports and orthopaedic medicine to UniMed Direct, along with significant insights from her experience in peer and utilization review. As a medical director, Dr. Cortes oversees a robust physician review panel; working closely with insurance providers and clients to resolve concerns around medical reviews; utilizing that information to facilitate improvement opportunities and build stronger relationships within the UR nation. Originally from California, Dr. Cortes completed her undergraduate degree at UC Riverside, and went to medical school at UCLA. She attended her initial general surgery internship and subsequent orthopaedic residency at the University of Rochester in New York and did an AO Trauma fellowship in Barcelona, Spain. From there, Dr. Cortes completed a dual fellowship in foot and ankle, and sports medicine in Houston Texas between Baylor University and University of Texas. After practicing at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Cortes moved into private practice comprising of sports medicine, foot and ankle surgery, trauma and general orthopaedic surgery with a particular interest in shoulder surgery. Dr. Cortes’ work with UniMed Direct allows her to bring her expertise and passion in sports and orthopaedic medicine to the Workers’ Compensation industry where she joins the UR Nation in ensuring medical decisions are evidence based and held to the highest quality standards.