Lisa M. Santora, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer for Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) in Redondo Beach, California. She joined BCHD, the nation’s largest preventive health agency, in 2008 to provide oversight for evidence-based community strategies to improve the health and well-being of Beach Cities residents.
Dr. Santora prepares the BCHD Triennial Community Health Snapshot Report, which assesses community needs and determines BCHD’s health priorities. She developed research and evaluation framework to demonstrate measureable improvements in the health and well-being of Beach Cities residents over the past 5 years. Dr. Santora also played an instrumental role in bringing the nationally recognized Blue Zones Project, which has successfully lowered smoking and obesity rates in the community, to the Beach Cities. In addition, she oversees the implementation of the LiveWell Kids obesity prevention program in local schools, which has demonstrated nearly a 50% reduction in obesity among 5th graders.
Prior to BCHD, Dr. Santora was a staff physician at the Venice Family Clinic in Venice, California, where she provided comprehensive primary health care to underserved community members.
From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Santora worked with the Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center in Miami, Florida, where she served in several positions, including director, HIV/AIDS Services and the physician champion, Health Disparities Collaborative. Her last position with the health facility was interim medical director.
Dr. Santora is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, where she received a doctor of medicine degree. She completed her residency in preventive medicine at SUNY at Buffalo, her residency in family medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, and an internship in family medicine at Harbor UCLA. She earned a master’s degree in public health from SUNY at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Dr. Santora is a member of the American Public Health Association, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomate on the American Board of Family Medicine.