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Dr. Buitrago is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Buitrago received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida and her Master of Science degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida where she also received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. While at Barry she was on the Dean’s list and was a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence. She completed a three year foot and ankle residency program at the Houston Podiatric Foundation in Houston, Texas. She has also completed training in microvascular surgery at The Microsurgical Training Center, Plastic Surgery Service at Christus St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas, and has received special training in the endoscopic plantar fasciotomy, the endoscopic decompression of intermetatarsal nerve and diabetic nerve decompressions. She is very active in the community and state. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Podiatric Medical Association representing Houston and is the chair of the Public Relations Committee and sits on the Continuing Medical Education (CME) committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors and for the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation where she participates in medical missions every year. She volunteers locally at the San Jose Clinic and Healthcare for the Homeless Shelter in downtown Houston. She served as president for the Harris County Podiatric Medical Society in 2006-07 and was secretary from 2009-2012. She is podiatry captain for the Houston Marathon and volunteers every year. She has been featured locally on Debra Duncan morning show and nationally on Primer Impacto on Univision. She enjoys running marathons.
Verified Patient Reviews
I've been going to Dr. Buitrago for a year now and she is great! She was able to completely treat my chronic plantar fasciitis after trying several methods (pt, pills, shot, and finally shock wave therapy). She is conservative, very thorough and up-to-date on current treatments. Her office staff is friendly - from the front desk to the back. My daughter and husband also see her for other issues; she is our family foot doctor!
I had an extremely positive experience. Dr. Buitrago was professional and personable. I always like to know the "how" and "why" of the situation and she was patient and answered all of my (many) questions with straightforward answers. I was able to get imaging, a diagnosis, and treatment on the first visit which is almost unheard of and very much appreciated!
Greeted with a smile and took the time to thoroughly discuss my medical problem.
She's a genuine hardworking individual, who CARES about her work. I don't care if she knows my name by a file when she enters, she says it right upfront :) She remembers her work. That helps you feel comfortable to talk to her about your problematic issue(s). I'm glad that I stumbled upon Ms. Buitrago this Fall 2017. I had my surgery just this December 2017, and so far, it's looking great! I would highly recommend her as your DPM.
Excellent doctor, highly recommended
Thorough, sympathetic and gave me treatment options.
Dr. Buitrago was kind, attentive and very helpful.
She’s was very caring & understanding, she explained & answered all my questions!
Dr. Buitrago was very friendly and I was seen right at the time of my appointment although I arrived 30 minutes early (my issue not because of the office.) I would recommend for foot issues.
She was extremely helpful, explained everything carefully and made clear recommendations. I highly recommend her.
Dr. B is an excellent doctor she is very thorough helpful and attentive. She really cares about her patients.
Dr. Buitrago is a very caring and professional doctor.
Dr Buitrago was brilliant! She quickly reviewed the x-rays to diagnose my condition and administered a thorough clean-up of my wound.
Professional staff. Dr Buitrago was efficient, understanding and explained everything. Didn't suggest unnecessary procedures or expensive treatments. Highly recommended.
Everyone was very professional and kind at the same time. All my questions were answered and they made me feel at ease. Will definitely recommend!
Dr. Buitrago was great! Very friendly. Answered all of my questions. Gave me server options for treatment. Highly recommend.
Dr Buitrago was referred to me by another patient who had been impressed with her approach. After surgery and interacting with her over the last few months, I highly recommend. She is very responsive, takes the time to answer your questions and was very knowledgeable. She makes sure that the solution is right for the patient. The staff working with her directly (once you get past the appointments/check-in) are very responsive and helpful. Those at the front desk were not overly helpful or friendly but worth putting up with to get the best results and that would be Dr Buitrago.
Dr. Buitrago is a very caring professional who takes time with her patients and truly concerned about their welfare. From the front desk to the techs in the back, the office is run well and everyone is courteous. This makes a difference and is much appreciated!
Dr. Buitrago is fantastic! She has a great bedside manner, and she always take the time for Q&A! I highly recommend her!
She is Amazing, she takes her time with her patients and takes great care of the patient. Amazing office and staff as well. Totallh recommening her to everybody.
Dr. Buitrago listened to my problems. We came up with a game plan and she performed the minor procedures on my foot right there in the office. Was an excellent experience. She has a wonderful staff - very friendly with good communication.
Dr.Buitrago is the nicest and best Dr. On the planet.. She cares and it shows!
Dr Buitrago is lovely I highly recommend her
Dr. Buitrago was great. Friendly and took the time to discuss my heel pain. The staff was friendly and efficient as well.
Excellent she's an angel
Dr. Buitrago took time to explain my condition and options for treatment. Her professionalism and patient care is much appreciated.
She is such a sweet person! I could not believe how kind and humble she was. When she talks to you, you can feel she is passionate about what she does and she enjoys explaining the before and after the process.
Front office staff is always friendly and accommodating. I feel like I was seen in a reasonable amount of time. I also find that it's easy to get an appointment within a weeks time.
She is an Angel I definitely will recommend her whit friends
She always takes the time to listen to me describe my pain and issues. Then she takes care or the issue.
Very courteous and explains everything really goos
Dr. Buitrago and her staff were very kind and professional during my daughters visit. The Dr. was patient and understanding. I am so glad I picked her office to handle my daughters visit.
I wish i had known about her a long time ago.
She was very professional and attentive. She had great bedside manner. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a podiatrist.
Dr. Buitrago is very professional and compassionate. Exactly what I look for in a doctor! She listens to my problem and then offers technical advice that I can understand - with a game plan so I'll know what to expect in the future. The staff is accommodating and easy to work with - another bonus that doesn't always match up with the doctor.
My foot problem is somewhat routine, not serious, I've been there twice and long wait both times . I know it is not shocking to wait in a doctors office , but an hour and half wait to be seen for 5 minutes , she could have seen 15 patients in that time . I dint see thee come out or go in while I was there.
She was great!!!
I just met her a month and two visits ago and absolutely love her. She was very knowledgeable and did every thing she could to get me going in the right direction for treatment. She recommended the good running and walking shoes as well.
Took the necessary time with me.
The office and staff were very nice. Dr. Buitrago was great! Took care of my problem quickly and efficiently. I scheduled the appointment the same day and was in and out in a little over an hour.
She explained the problem in a way I could easily understand and then explained my options.
Physician literally *did not* perform an exam on the injured foot. Asked what pain I was experiencing and suggested an MRI. Did not extend or flex or anything to elicit pain to get a better understanding of what was going on.
I don't feel like another number. Dr. Maria Buitrago cares about me, her patient. She looks into your eyes and "listens" to understand what I am going through and is able to give me answers to all my questions. She never makes me feel rushed! Thank you and to her staff too!
I was happy with the treatment she didn't give me any X-rays which I think was professional in this case. I just don't like to wait 45 minutes after my official appointment time.
I have been to several other doctors and she was very caring and took the time to listen to what was wrong and came up with a great solution without having to have surgery
I think Dr. Buitrago was very sweet and great bedside manner. I am waiting to see what I think about her as a doctor until I see if what she prescribed actually works. Her staff is not the friendliest and the offices were not the cleanest I've ever been in, but she is one of the NICEST doctors I've seen in a long time. Will know more in a couple of weeks.
The doctor was excellent! I have a problem with this website!! I filled everything out on line. The office did not have it. I had to re fill out forms again in person. Not impressed With this system.
Dr. Buitrago has a wonderful bedside manner. She showed a real interest in hearing my explanations and concerns in regards to my ailment. I felt very comfortable with her as my physician. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone in need of her services.
She's awesome. I highly recommend her for all of your foot troubles.
Overall, I would say this was an average provider visit. I didn't wait super long, but it was past my appointment time. Dr. Buitrago seemed nice enough, but she must have literally been in the office with me for only 2 minutes. To be fair, I also had a very common, straight forward, problem. However, she seemed to want to get me out of there asap. I also wrote a follow up message to her on the portal they are promoting, and she never replied. I had to keep calling the office to get answers. I would probably go back, but I wouldn't be excited about it.
The wait was a little longer then I thought , but she was very busy today.
Meeting Dr. Buitrago for the first time was extremely satisfying. She has a wonderful personality and she clearly explained the treatment options that were best for my recovery. Having had surgery so many times in the past, I could easily recognize Dr. Buitrago's professionalism as soon as she began to discuss what to expect during this surgery.
She is courteous, empathetic, and fast.
Dr. Buitrago was very knowledgeable about my toenail issue and was able to answer all of my questions. I did not feel rushed, and the wait time was reasonable (maybe 15 minutes). She also offered me two treatment options, a topical prescription or an oral prescription, and thoroughly described the pros and cons of each option before allowing me to decide which option I would prefer.
I would not recommend Dr Buitorago, I went two times and each time the wait time was ridiculous. She told me that my injury was normal and would heal. After getting some shots, that pain away and then came back. I called back again and wanted to speak with Dr Buitorago, her assistant said she would have her call me. When her as isn't rant called me back she said that Dr Buitorago couldn't call me back cause she was too busy, and if I wanted to speak with her I could come in?!?! WTF. I've never had a doctor say that. Needless to say I went to get another opinion from Doctor that would communicate with their patients.
It was a nice experience
Very nice and professional!
She is great! I would highly recommend her!!!!
Dr Buitrago is a true blessing to the world and to people that have really different foot problems. She really takes the time to talk to you and to help you out with your problem. She is very personable and very caring.
Staff was professional and personable. Office was clean and organized. Dr. Buitrago was professional, caring, compassionate and really listened to me as a patient. I was highly impressed with the Doctor and clinic. I would give them excellence in patient care and professionalism. Definitely would recommend and return for future visits.
She was very good at explaining what was going on with my foot and the how it's going to be treated. The best part is I was scheduled for a follow up appointment while I was there. The last podiatrist I visited did no follow up whatsoever. Very happy with my experience.
She was great. She cared about me, and was professional in her diagnosis and prescription for healing my ankle.
She always so great to me. Appreciate her help.
Love this doc!! Great bedside manner. Very knowledgeable and takes time never rushes.
I brought my son in to see her last week and returned for an appointment for myself. Great, friendly and courteous staff. She took her time, did not feel rushed and answered all questions about my chornic foot pain. Worked up a pain management plan and will return for a follow up appointment. Highly recommend!
Very enjoyable, excellent dr.
My overall visit was pleasant. The WAIT TIME was HORRIBLE! It took me almost an hour to see the doctor and that is probably the only things that made my visit a little upsetting. Once i met the doctor, she was very nice informative and pleasant. However the wait time i could do without.
Very nice lady. Easy to ask questions.
Doctor was very professional, concerned about my problem. Looked at the areas that I told her I was having the problems. Prescribed medication and told me what to expect and want to see me again in 2 weeks. Loved her enthusiasm.
Dr. Buitrago did an excellent job removing a bone tumor in my toe.
Happy with service. Very nice lady.
The office environment was well appointed and very professional. The staff were all friendly and efficient. Dr. Buitrago and her nurse were attentive and allowed me the time to explain my health issues. After four previous doctors I feel lucky to have found Dr, Buitrago's practice. The best part was not having to go to the Med Center which is difficult to navigate on a slow day.
After I was diagnosed, the thing I appreciated the most was that Dr. Buitrago sat patiently while I asked all my questions. She was not in a rush to leave the room. She also explained the diagnosis and treatments in patient friendly terms.
The doctor and her office staff were great. I had not been able to bring x-rays from my orthopedic office so the staff helped with the paperwork to have them to be FAXed over. And instead of ordering an expensive MRI Dr Buitrago was able to use an Ultrasound equipment to assess the injury. She was patient, clear and helpful with her recommended course of treatment.
Very nice and personable. I really liked Dr. Buitrago.
Great visit. Scheduled surgery for 9/7.
I had to wait awhile to get in but felt like I got the attention I needed during the visit.
Awesome! She listens to what you say is hurting and replies in terms you understand.
The facility is top notch. Staff is friendly and attentive. They are also efficient and were able to resolve my problem with a single visit! The doctor was very concerned about my comfort and condition!
Dr. Buitrago finally addressing my problem of over 2 years , intense pain, and being crippled. I have been to 9 dr
Very professional, personable and thorough.
Dr Buitrago had xrays taken and after examination reported a diagnosis and treatment plan. She was very approachable and easy to chat with.
She was very informative. Felt relaxed and comfortable.
She's awesome. I've been to her with a couple of different issues and she's fantastic at listening and coming up with realistic options. Her treatments have been right on each time. I hope I never have to see her office again, but if my feet have problems, she'll be the one I go to first.
Dr Buitrago is a wonderful doctor. She listens to the issue at hand and is very thorough in explaining the answer. Which all doctors were like her! Thank you dr Buitrago for always getting me back in my feet!
Dr. Buitrago was very nice and professional.
Dr. Buitrago is incredibly kind, patient and forthcoming. She answered all of my questions and I felt very supported in having a say in my course of treatment. I highly recommend her!
She was excellent! The best doctor I have ever been to. She valued my concerns and made sure I wouldn't be in much pain. She truly cares. I wanted to hug her after my surgery to thank her for her kindness and amazing work!
Dr. Buitrago is so professional and kind. The surgery she did on my feet several years ago ended my heel and foot pain. Wish more doctors were like her!
Dr. Buitrago is the best! I went to see her when another doctor misdiagnosed a foot injury (apparently this is easy to do). She found the problem and had me walking again asap!
I have plant fasciitis and the doctor gave me a steroid pack on my first visit and I was perfect for almost 3 weeks then on my next visit I got injections and more steroids gotta keep up my stretches and massages almost there love this dr.
I am very pleased with the results of her treatment. I am ready to start running again!!
She's very warm and pays attention to what you say. That said I don't get the impression she's into preventative care as I went to her with a complaint that is currently minor pain but has been persisting for several weeks and she didn't give me any advice at all. I had to ask for some exercises to help me. I don't think I'll be going back.
Professional and courteous. She listened to my concerns and we came to a treatment plan together.
Very impressed. She is awesome not only as a Dr. but also as a person. She is very professional and informative. 5 *****
She was great, very professional and friendly.
very professional and had a lot of knowledge to share
Dr. Buitrago is very professional, pleasant, and meticulous about her practice. She operated on my foot over a year ago and i am very pleased with the results.
She is great and I highly recommend her services. I am so pleased with the outcome of my surgery!!
Dr. Buitriago was excellent! the conversation, diagnostic, solutions, alternatives, etc, gave me a lot of comfort and trust. My issue was solved/healed thanks to her. The first time I went I waited for an hour, and the second time around 40 min, is the only thing I would try to improve.
She shows concern and care plus she allows you to make decisions in you care.
She is Very kind and Gentle
Very nice doctor, knowledgable, listens actively to your concerns and answers all your questions. Very professional, I highly recommend her. Her staff is also very nice and accommodating.
I have been a patient of Dr. Buitrago since 2011. I originally came in to get a second opinion for how the VA diagnosed me. However, Dr. Buitrago's care and attention to detail, made me a lifetime patient of hers. She is a great doctor and an even better individual. I would recommend her to anyone. -Edmund Garcia
I really ejoyed my visit wth Dr. Maria M. Buitrago. She really took her time explaining my diagnosis. She was very pleasant and made sure you understood exactly what your diagnosis were.
She seemed very unsure of herself and I had to help correct her in fitting inserts. Moreover, her staff didnt know how much to charge me and then asked my opinion, then when I arrived the staff member who asked hid, while they doubled what I discussed with them over the phone.
She is great!
She was straightforward, diagnosed the problem and made recommendations. Very professional, very pleasant.
Highly recommend Dr. Buitrago. She has a rare ability as a physian to listen. She has totally resolved other foot and ankle issues for me in the past with her up to date wisdom and hands on skills. I make my living on my feet and she made working a physically attainable event for me. I will forever by thankful to her.
Great Doctor! Very caring!
Dr. Buitrago was extremely nice and very knowledgable. Her staff was also really helpful. I would recommend her to anyone in need of a foot specialist.
Excellent Doctor! Very professional, very patient. She answered all my questions and did not try to "sell" me special care I did nt need. She seemed highly competent in Runners issues and sneakers as well as skin and nails problems. A tiny bit of wait (10 min) but largely offset by her professionalism and kindness. I highly recommend her.
Dr. Buitrago was pretty awesome. I had never been to a podiatrist before and was really impressed. The office is really hip but not pretentious - the staff is pleasant and the Dr. was very down to earth and compassionate. She did a procedure during my appointment that I felt was exceptional. I would most certainly recommend her!
I think she's awesome and I had lost touch with her and so happy when another one if her patients (one of my friends) told me she was still seeing her. I'm so blessed, my feet were in dire need of Dr. Buitrago's help. Thank you Dr. Buitrago, you always make the pain go away and trust you yesterday, tomorrow, ALWAYS!!!
She answers all of your questions, she is polite and a total pro! I loved the way she works!
She is wonderful! She really cares and is very informed. She has wonderful bedside mannner and puts you at ease.
I thought Maria was excellent. The procedure was quick and painless. The staff was friendly. The place was clean. I had to wait a bit but that's expected as a first time patient.
She was quick, professional and caring. Should any of my friends need to see a podiatrist, I will be sure to recommend her.