Florida Atlantic University, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1993
Barry University, Master of Science in Biomedical Science, 1996
Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2000
Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine/North Broward Hospital District, where she trained at Broward General Medical Center
Professional Society Memberships
American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American
Academy of Family Physicians, Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association
Reading, fitness, and travel
Dallas, Georgia with her husband (who is also a physician) and four “fur-babies”—two Chihuahuas and two cats
At the end of 2017, Dr. Mildred J. Santorufo—or “Dr. Milli,” as her patients affectionately call her—decided she wanted to practice medicine differently.
She has always valued building strong relationships with her patients, but too often felt the limitations of the current healthcare system with its unrealistic patient rosters, rushed appointments, and endless insurance paperwork.
She dreamed of working in a setting that didn’t feel like a doctor’s office at all. “I pictured a small practice that has a living room—not a ‘waiting’ room—with some big comfy couches,” she said. “So when you come in, there’s no one else in the room. There’s no one else ‘waiting’ because this is our time. It’s just us. The whole relationship between the doctor and the patient is the doctor and the patient. There is no one else.”
As Dr. Milli learned more about PartnerMD’s philosophy and approach to personal medicine, it became clear that she’d found her dream practice.
Today, Dr. Milli works out of our Sandy Springs location in Georgia where she has the time and space to build lasting relationships with her patients, while focusing heavily on preventive care, one of her many passions.
“I have a proactive approach toward healthcare. Most medical conditions are preventable with a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition, regular physical activity, adequate sleep and stress management, and avoidance of those things we know are detrimental to our overall well-being. By addressing these areas through patient education and encouragement, we can often avoid the development of disease and the need for medications in the future. Additionally, I prefer to find potential problems early, when they’re still curable, through appropriate forms of screening. Lastly, when a patient presents with a specific issue, I work toward finding the actual underlying problem in an effort to eliminate it, rather than just masking the symptoms with medications, which can often create further problems.”
Dr. Milli received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1993 from Florida Atlantic University and her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 1996 from Barry University. She is a 2000 graduate from the Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed a Family Medicine residency in 2003 through the Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine/North Broward Hospital District, where she trained at Broward General Medical Center.
Dr. Milli is a board certified family physician, a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine for the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a clinical adjunct professor for Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Together with her husband, she ran Copper Basin Family Practice in Copperhill, Tennessee, from 2003 to 2009. This traditional rural private practice treated patients who were as young as one day all the way up to one hundred years old in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
In 2009, Dr. Milli and her husband made the difficult decision to close their practice so they could move closer to family in Acworth, Georgia. Dr. Milli worked with Wellstar Acworth Family Practice from 2009 to early 2015 and then with the Atlanta Veterans Administration from late 2015 to early 2018.
Born in Valley Stream, New York, Dr. Milli was raised in Fort Lauderdale, where her family moved when she was two years old. Today, Dr. Milli and her husband, whom she met in medical school, live in Dallas, Georgia, and have four “fur-babies” (two Chihuahuas and two cats). When she’s not building relationships with her patients, Dr. Milli can be found curled up with a good book, exercising, or traveling.
An awesome medical alternative to mega-medicine. I’ve been Dr Santorufo’s patient for years. She is the best physician I have ever encountered in a general practice setting. – 12/05/2018