Mario Ortega, MD

Mario R Ortega, MD is the founder and driving force behind our practice here at International Pediatrics. Dr. Ortega graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and completed his residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He founded the practice in 1973. Under his guidance we have developed a practice that focuses on working with the parent and child to provide the best health possible. With over 50 years experience as a doctor he has guided us to administer compassionate, family-centered care for children of all ages and family backgrounds.

Dr. Ortega enjoys spending time with his family as well as cheering on the Guatemala National Football team, of which he was a proud member in his younger days!

Jose Mario Ortega, MD

Jose Mario Ortega, MD has been a pediatrician at International Pediatrics since 1999. Son of founder Mario Ortega, MD he graduated from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala and completed his residency at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center where he was Chief Resident.

Jose Mario Ortega, MD currently serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of one of the largest insurance companies in the area. He is also a Director of a local children’s soccer club. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and attending Capitals and soccer games.

Fabiola Costello, FNP

Fabiola is originally from Peru. She has lived in the Washington metropolitan area for more than 10 years. Fabiola earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University and a masters in family medicine at Marymount University. Fabiola enjoys speaking Spanish with her patients and their parents. She is very proud of her Spanish heritage. Having grown up in a Latin American country, Fabiola has a deep understanding of Hispanic culture and the specific needs of Hispanic patients.

Her clinical interests encompass all aspects of pediatric care from newborn to adolescence. Her particular interests include preventive medicine and adolescent mental health issues. In her free time, Fabiola enjoys spending time with her spouse and three young children. She also loves playing tennis and painting super heroes. Fabiola’s multicultural experience has increased her belief that to be the best health care provider you need to have strong medical knowledge while being a sensitive and compassionate person.

Cristina Medina, FNP

Cristina was born and raised in the suburbs of DC to parents who emigrated from El Salvador. In her youth, she was lucky enough to travel the world with some of her favorite places being Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, France, and Italy. She graduated with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from George Washington University. Before joining the practice worked in the MedStar Hospital system with a focus in cardiology. Her goals as a health care provider are to provide holistic care with an emphasis on prevention and education in order to improve health among the Hispanic population.

Cristina enjoys the beach, socializing with friends, exercising, playing with her 10 year old puppy Artie, and hopes to check off more travel locations from her list in the near future!