Dr. Robert Sallis - 2013 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Dr. Robert Sallis, MD ('87)

Kaiser-Permanente, Exercise is Medicine

“Exercise and Health: How to Prescribe Exercise in Clinical Practice

Dr. Sallis is a family physician practicing at Kaiser Permanente  Medical Center in Fontana, California and serving as Co-Director of their Sports Medicine Fellowship program.  He is a Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and currently chairs Exercise is Medicine™, a joint initiative of ACSM and the American Medical Association.  He also chaired the Healthcare Sector of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan and is the physician spokesperson for the “Every Body Walk!” campaign.

Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy (where he played intercollegiate basketball) and his Medical Degree from Texas A&M University (Class of ’87).  He completed his residency in   Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, CA, where he served as chief resident. He is the head team physician at Pomona College and Chairs the Ironman Sports Medicine Conference in Kona, Hawaii.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. 

Among his professional awards, he received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI) and the 2011 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.