Dr. Santiago was born, raised and educated in New York City. After serving his country in the U.S. Army for 3 years he attended Bronx Community College in New York City, then went on to complete his undergraduate education at Columbia University in Manhattan, New York. He earned his Medical Doctor Degree at the State University of New York College of Medicine at Downstate in 1978. In 1981 he completed his 3 year Family Practice Residency at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and relocated to Tampa. Prior to entering private practice he was a Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Dept of Family Practice and eventually the Associate Medical Director of CIGNA Healthplan of Tampa before becoming an Assistant Professor at USF College of Medicine. He has been practicing in the Tampa and Temple Terrace area since 1981.
He is married and has 5 daughters and currently has 5 grandchildren (with more on the way!). He and his wife are passionate world travelers and adventurers who have traveled all over the world to places such as China, Central & South America, the glaciers of Alaska, the Mid East, Europe and even the jungles of Africa. In his spare time he works out regularly at a gym thereby practicing the same advice he gives his patients. He is also a Certified Scuba Diver, has a First Degree Black Belt in the Martial Arts and is a motorcycle enthusiast. If you are observant you may even notice him roaring pass you on his Harley Davidson motorcycle!