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Dr. Orosco was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated in Electrical Engineering with High Honors from New Mexico State University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University and then residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose and Throat) at the University of California San Diego. He completed a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction at Stanford. He worked as an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego and in 2022 moved home to New Mexico as an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Orosco is committed to optimizing outcomes through data driven surgical interventions and interested in translating promising technologies from the bench to the operating room. As an Otolaryngology resident, he completed a year of T32-funded research with Roger Tsien, PhD (Nobel Chemistry 2008) and Quyen Nguyen, MD, PhD where he worked on fluorescence-guided surgery using molecularly-targeted probes. As an academic surgeon he has helped advance fluorescence-guided surgery by serving as the national-PI of several clinical trials of fluorescence-guided surgery. Dr. Orosco is passionately researching robotics technology that may translate into meaningful improvements in patient care. He has other work translating benchtop technologies to animal models. He has lectured about futuristic robotic surgery in Seoul, London, and Paris at professional society conferences on topics of robotic telesurgery, semi-autonomy, and tissue modeling in robotic surgery. He has used national databases to look at cancer outcomes, practice trends, and disparities.
Dr. Orosco has published 100 manuscripts in a variety of journals including: Nature Genetics, Scientific Reports, JAMA Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Oral Oncology, Cancers, Laryngoscope, Surgical Endoscopy, IEEE Robotics and Automation. Dr. Orosco has received career development funding through the UC San Diego Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), and institutional and American Cancer Society research grants. He is actively involved in mentoring students from high school through medical school, and residents.