Dr. Ebert-Santos graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing her pediatric residency at the John Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii and the University of Chicago. Recently she received her Masters in Public Studies in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Denver. She also attended the Advanced Physician Leadership Program sponsored by the Colorado Medical Society and the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership.
In 1980 Dr. Ebert-Santos was sent to Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands with the National Health Service. There she worked not only as a pediatrician, but delivered babies and covered the emergency room. The nearest referral center was 3,500 miles away, so she cared for newborns and children in the intensive care unit, as well as complex cases such as rheumatic heart disease, meningitis, cerebral palsy, tuberculosis, renal failure, and pneumonia with chest tubes. She also served as Director of Public Health for one year and Director of Medical Affairs for three years.
She returned to Summit County, Colorado in 2000 to join her parents, brothers and sister who had been in the area since 1978. She and her husband, Roque, were seeking more opportunities for their four children, who have all graduated from Summit High and college. Ebert Children’s Clinic was established in Vail and Frisco that year. The Vail office was closed when the Summit Medical Center opened, and she no longer admits patients to Vail Valley Medical Center.
She now continues her practice as Ebert Family Clinic, in Frisco, where she works with four other providers: two nurse practitioners, a cardiologist, and a nephrologist. Her high altitude research has been published, and she and her team of high altitude researchers, including many PA, NP and Medical students from across the country, continue to contribute to the legacy of her various studies above 8,000 ft.
Dr. Chris (also known to her community as “The Good Doctor”, “The Doc”, “La Doctora”) now travels the world on invitation to numerous conferences of medical experts on high altitude health and medicine. Her most recent conference brought her to La Paz, Bolivia, where she met with other renowned practitioners at 12,000 ft. and above regarding the phenomenon of chronic hypoxia.