About this talk – Finding out why we do not live in a Blue Zone

Dr Lisa Santora talks about her career as a Primary Care Physician and her growing realization that despite he passion for her vocation she needed to change the environment that her patients lived. Despite her hard work she was not able to improve the well being of the majority of patients without the changing the world that live in. This began her search to understand what she needed to do to change her community into a Blue Zone.

About Lisa Santora


Lisa M. Santora, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) in Redondo Beach, California. She joined BCHD, the South Bay’s premier preventive health organization, in 2008 to provide oversight for the organization’s health information programs and counsel on the implementation of preventive health strategies.

Prior to BCHD, Santora was a staff physician at the Venice Family Clinic in Venice, California, providing comprehensive primary health care to the area’s underserved community. Before joining the Venice Family Clinic, Santora undertook a research sabbatical to observe health and health-related behaviors in Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Laos and Tibet. While on sabbatical, Santora developed an increased understanding of ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine and how they complement Western medicine in contributing to meeting health needs.

From 2004 to 2006, 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.

In addition, she was a resident provider at the Niagara Family Health Center and a research assistant at the Center for Asthma & Environmental Exposure, both in Buffalo, New York. She also taught statistics and epidemiology at SUNY at Buffalo.

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, where she graduated cum laude.

Santora is a member of the American Public Health Association.