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Louis A. Vismara, MD

Policy Consultant to Senator Darrell Steinberg Office of the President Pro Tempore, State of California

Dr. Vismara is an interventional cardiologist and a parent of four children. Since his son, Mark, was diagnosed with autism he has dedicated himself to issues of child development, learning differences, diversity, and access to health care for under-served populations. Lou was a co-founder of the M.I.N.D. Institute and currently serves as the chairperson of the Advisory Board. Lou was also a founding member of the Prop 10, First 5 California State Commission. Presently he is a member of multiple advisory organizations including the UC Davis School of Education.

In the year 2000, Dr. Vismara changed careers, retiring from his medical career, to work as a full-time senior policy consultant for the California Senate. Lou has worked on numerous health-related initiatives and was instrumental in the formation of the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. Currently, Lou is a senior member of Sen. Darrell Steinberg’s staff and also serves as the chief consultant to the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders.

Lou, who was born in Italy and immigrated with his family to San Diego as a child, is the recipient of a BA degree from Stanford University and a MD from Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to starting a cardiovascular group practice at Mercy General Hospital, Lou was a Cardiology Fellow and Faculty Member at the UC Davis Healthcare System.

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