Dr. Rajiv Misquitta is the Medical Director of the innovative Lifestyle Medicine Department at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. He is also the principal investigator of a research trial called Health Achieved through Lifestyle Transformation (HALT). This is an intensive lifestyle program with a focus on plant-based eating and its effects on patients with diabetes and heart disease. Along with his team of psychologists and health educators, he is studying the dynamics of behavior change in relation to lifestyle. He attended medical school at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center where he later served as a chief resident. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honors medical society. He is board certified in Lifestyle Medicine by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He was listed in Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 top doctors list which is generated from a peer survey.
After an epiphany ten years ago, Dr. Misquitta switched to a plant-based diet. He is a plant-based chef and has created a culinary program for patients at his Medical Center as well as enhanced the plant-based offerings in the 21 hospitals in his system. He has promoted plant-based eating at numerous venues in Northern California, which have included community events, medical centers, television, and magazine articles. He encourages his patients to shop at farmers markets and try out new recipes.
After finding existing vegetarian and vegan cookbooks less than satisfying, Dr. Misquitta along with his wife authored a book on plant-based eating called Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet – Delicious Plant-Based recipes to reduce heart disease, lose weight and preserve the environment. It also provides an inspirational personal story and practical advice on transitioning to a plant-based diet. He is one of the authors of a recent landmark special report in the Permanente Journal on Lifestyle Medicine and its dramatic impact on health and survival.
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Dr. Misquitta has an interest in exercise science and is certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports medicine (NASM) and is a yoga instructor (RYT 200). Dr. Misquitta believes that health is created by all the little things that we do at home, work, at the dining table and when we connect with each other. He firmly believes that you can prevent and reverse disease and lead a long and healthy life by following a few simple guidelines. The master levers of your health are factors that are under your control: Not smoking, exercise, eating a whole food plant-based diet, getting adequate sleep, controlling your stress and interacting with your community.
Dr. Misquitta serves as the current president of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and has emphasized Lifestyle Medicine and nutrition as a priority.