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Dr. Santora hosts award winning TV Show on PBS/SoCal (formerly KOCE TV)

Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora can be viewed on PBS/SoCal TV and The OC Channel (Cox Cable). The latest information on all aspects of medicine and health related topics are discussed. The show is filmed at Panther Production Studios at Chapman University, Orange, California. The show has won several awards in the past three years. Dr Santora is the host and executive producer. To see past shows and the latest schedule, go to

Physicians named as directors at Saint Joseph Hospital, Orange, California

Dr. Maged Azer named Medical Director of the Congestive Heart Failure Program

Dr. Shalizeh Shokooh named Director of Womans Heart Center and President of American Heart Association, Orange County Chapter

Dr. Jairo Marin named Medical Director Invasive Cardiology

Dr Santora named director at the Heart and Vascular Wellness Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Dick Butkus Center for Cardiac Testing

Dr. Jay Lee named Medical Director of Electrophysiology, Hoag Hospital

Orange County Heart Institute to receive full certification

One of the first centers in California to receive full certification of its nuclear medicine laboratory and of its echocardiography program.


OCHI doctors appear on episodes of
Health Matters with Dr Larry Santora:

Dr. Lee discusses atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Tucker discusses implantable artificial heart and Watchman Trial.

Dr. Shokooh discusses women and heart disease.

Dr. Santora discusses external counterpulsation.

Dr. Santora appears on The Doctors TV show
on KCAL 9 to discuss woman and heart disease

Orange County Heart Institute is one of the first centers to receive full certifications

One of the first centers in California to receive full certification of its nuclear medicine laboratory and of its echocardiography program.

Watchman Trial

Dr. Kelly Tucker, principle investigator for Watchman Device to prevent strokes from atrial fibrillation, name one of the top three investigators in the world. <<More info

Important clinical trials at the Orange County Heart Institute under the direction of Dr. Tucker:

• New medications to restore blood flow in patients with acute myocardial infarction or heart attack.

• We are also investigating new technologies for the ablation of atrial fibrillation and new ablation tools. We anticipate having robotic surgical equipment for the catheter-based ablation of atrial fibrillation in the near future, and we are working with the local hospital systems to provide this new and exciting technology. For information on atrial fibrillation ablation, contact Dr. Lee or Dr. Tucker. New Book Release

New Book Release

Woman and Heart Disease: A New Epidemic, co-authored by Drs. Santora, Shokooh and Tucker, release new revised second edition. <<More info

Sports and Medicine

NFL Players Association joins The Dick Butkus Center and Dr. Santora to screen retired NFL Players for heart and vascular disease and prostate cancer.

Dick Butkus, NFL Hall of Fame, and Dr. Santora join forces to fight steroid abuse.

Dick Butkus is national spokesperson for I Play Clean, a national program to remove steroids from high school and college sports. <<More info

The Dick Butkus Center for Cardiac Screening has opened!

The new Dick Butkus Cardiac Screening Center is at the same location as the former OC Vital Imaging Center. Dr Santora was the medical director of OC Vital Imaging since 1999. He has been involved with cardiac CT and EBCT coronary calcium screening since that time. He is board certified in cardiac CT and is now medical director of the Dick Butkus Center.

St. Joseph Hospital now owns and operates the EBCT scanning services as part of its new comprehensive Heart And Vascular Wellness and Prevention Center in the same location. The Dick Butkus Center is now part of this new wellness center. The center also includes The Womans Heart Center, and Cardiac Rehabilitation. The beautiful center has been extensively renovated and is now open for patients.


As medical director, I assure we maintain highest quality processes for Heart, Heart and Lung and Full Body scans and will continue to provide an outstanding experience for you, our patients. I welcome you to tour our new beautiful center. If you have had a prior EBCT scan at OC Vital Imaging, those results are still available for comparison at the new Dick Butkus Center. The same great location, the same great experience you had at OC Vital Imaging is still available at the new center. While you are at our office or at the Dick Butkus Center, ask about a copy of our book, “The OC Cure for Heart Disease” co-authored by Dr. Santora, Dick Butkus, and Dr. Steve Armentrout. This book will give a step by step roadmap to preventing heart disease using EBCT scanning.

The Centrum Building
1120 West La Veta, Suite 150, Orange, CA
Call 714 744-8849 or 1-855-BUTKUSD
to schedule an EBCT Heart Scan, Heart and Lung Scan, or Full Body Scan

Larry Santora, MD, FACC
Medical Director
The Dick Butkus Center