Dr. Tantisira received his B.S. degree in Psychobiology from the University of Southern California. He went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Biology from California State University, where he was awarded a Certificate of Honor upon completion of his degree for making significant contributions to the field of Biology. He received his medical degree from Yale University, during which time he was a fellow in the National Institutes of Health Summer Research Fellowship Program, and also a fellow in the National Cancer Institute’s Summer Oncology Fellowship Program. He did his internship at Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in Portland, Oregon, and his ophthalmology residency at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
After the completion of his residency program, he did medical missionary work at St John’s Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. Subsequently, Dr. Tantisira came to Maui in 1997 and has been practicing as an ophthalmologist at the Aloha Eye Clinic. He is currently the medical director and chief surgeon at the Aloha Eye Clinic.
He has been involved with numerous community activities, including being Chief of Staff at Maui Memorial Medical Center in 2003. Dr. Tantisira is a Diplomate of The American Board of Ophthalmology.
- J. Tantisira, R.P. Kowalski, and Y. J. Gordon. Evaluation of the Kodak Surecell Chlamydia test for the laboratory diagnosis of adult inclusion conjunctivitis. Ophthalmology. 102 (7);1035-1037, 1995.
- G.S. Berke, D.M. Moore, B. Garrett, A. Aly, and J. Tantisira. Transtracheal stimulation of the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Am J. Otolaryngol., 8:12-17, 1988.
- G.A. Lopez, A. Ebneshahidi, A. Lontai, N. Lopez, M. Natividad, S. Rivas and J. Tantisira. Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) stimulates in vitro renin release in the hibernating ground squirrel. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Medicine, 23:21:1986.
- G.A. Lopez, A. Bell, A. Ebneshahidi, S. Jaramillo, K. Khalighi, N. Lopez, and J. Tantisira. Dietary sodium deficiency potentiates the effect of PGF2-alpha and other agents on in vitro renin release in the rat. The Psysiologist, 27(4): 209, 1984.
- Comparison of precorneal tear film stability and basal tear secretion rates in contact lens wearers versus non-wearers. (M.D. thesis, 1991-92) Advisor: Peter Gloor, M.D.
- Evaluation of the independent motility of kinocilia in the ampullary organ hair cells of bull frogs (1988 NIH Summer Research Fellowship Program) Advisor: Bechara Kachar, M.D.
- Association of IgE rheumatoid factor with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Is an allergic component involved with systemic JRA episodes? (NCI Summer Oncology Fellowship Program, 1987). Advisor: Debra McCurdy, M.D.
- Multiple studies investigating the neurophysiological basis of vocal cord function utilizing an in vivo canine model. (UCLA Staff Research Associate position, 1986-87) Advisor: Gerald Berke, M.D.
- The effect of four intrarenal prostaglandins and other agents on in vitro renin release in the hibernating ground squirrel. (M.S. thesis, 1983-85) Advisor, Genaro Lopez, Ph.D.
Community Health Care Activities:
- Member, Educational Materials Committee, American Heart Association – Greater Los Angeles Affiliate, 1984-87. Duties included reviewing and revising existing educational materials and developing new innovative ones.
- Member, Speakers Bureau, American Heart Association – Greater Los Angeles Affiliate, 1984-87. Lectured to community groups on a variety of cardiovascular related topics.
- Founder and Chairperson, Asian-Pacific Heart Program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, 1983-85. Established and implemented numerous multilingual programs (i.e., CPR, Speakers Bureau, Educational Materials) specifically designed to educate and Asian-Pacific community members (i.e., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philipino, and Vietnamese) in the Los Angeles area about cardiovascular related topics.
- Founder and Chairperson, Asian-Pacific Nutrition Project, sponsored by the American Heart Association, 1982-83. Proposed and administered this innovative new project, which consisted of supervising 90 volunteer project workers, designed to educate the Asian-Pacific community about how nutrition relates to cardiovascular health. My participation ultimately led to me receiving the Distinguished Achievement Aware for developing and implementing the new American Heart Association project which had the most impact in Los Angeles County for the 1982-83 fiscal year.
- Elected Member, Governing Board of the Metropolitan Division American Heart Association – Greater Los Angeles Affiliate, 1981-87.
- CPR Instructor, American Heart Association, 1981-87. Taught Instructor and Basic Cardiac Life Support classes.