Dr. Romero Navaranjan Santiago, a Tamil-speaking Sri Lankan American, was born in Gainesville, Florida and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he majored in Economics and minored in Music. During his time with the UPenn Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, he developed an immense interest in health policy research and studied abroad at the London School of Economics. Afterwards, he participated in the inaugural class of the 4-year MD/MPH program co-sponsored by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health. Dr. Santiago’s commitment to synergizing primary care, prevention, and public health policy led him to complete his residency training in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California Davis Health System in Sacramento, California. During residency, Dr. Santiago became increasingly aware of the importance of workplace wellness and associated factors including ergonomics, work stress, and noise and hearing loss on optimizing his patients’ personal and professional lives. Dr. Santiago’s interest in obtaining a high-level and comprehensive experience in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in tandem with his personal experience in the workers’ compensation system motivated him to pursue his fellowship training at the Yale University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. Dr. Santiago’s interests include health and environmental equity, performing arts medicine, integration of mental health and chronic pain management, and optimizing worker and workplace wellness. He enjoys playing table tennis, watching Sri Lankan cricket and Tamil movies, performing the cello and piano, and singing as a tenor vocalist.
Education & Training
- ResidencyUniversity of California Davis Health System (2020)
- MDUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Medicine (2017)
- MPHUniversity of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Public Health (2017)
- BAUniversity of Pennsylvania, Economics (2013)