Dr. Vismara is a retired cardiologist, married to Wendy, a former occupational therapist, and a parent of four children. Lou received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. He has dedicated himself to issues of child development, learning differences, diversity, and access to healthcare for underserved populations ever since his son was diagnosed with autism. Lou is a founding member of the UC Davis MIND Institute, California’s First Five Commission, and the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

Lou has worked as a senior policy consultant for three leaders of the California Senate. He worked on many healthcare issues, including California’s landmark Autism Insurance Mandate. Lou is the recipient of numerous awards and was honored by the California Senate with a resolution acknowledging his “lifetime achievements and meritorious service to humanity and the people of California.”

Dr. Vismara is currently with the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office on disability-related employment/vocational training and serving as a consultant for AKT Investments. Lou is a member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and serves on the UCD School of Education Advisory Board, Meristem Board, Creative Living Options Board of Directors.

In 2014, Lou resumed classical violin studies, which he started as a youngster, and currently is a member of the Sacramento Camellia Symphony Orchestra.