Maija B. Sanna, MD

Maija B. Sanna, MD

  • Internal Medicine|
  • Geriatric Medicine
Average rating: 5.0
Palos Verdes Primary & Specialty Care | 501 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 100, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274


Dr. Maija Sanna is a primary care physician and geriatrician who practices in Torrance. Her guiding principle is to treat the whole patient. She understands that her patients’ culture, belief system and family can affect their attitudes and preferences for care, and always keeps this in mind when developing individualized plans to address each patient’s unique health needs. She believes that when patients and doctors work together, they can come up with safe and healthy options that respect the patients’ independence and personal goals.

Dr. Sanna grew up in the Midwest and California and attended medical school at New York Medical College. She then completed both her internal medicine residency training and her fellowship in geriatrics at UCLA.

After completing her training in 2010, Dr. Sanna joined the UCLA Santa Monica primary care teaching practice, where she helped to train the next generation of primary care doctors. In addition to her primary care work, she was also part of the UCLA geriatric clinic practice, with both outpatient and hospital care responsibilities. In August 2019, she moved to South Bay, where she has been providing primary care and geriatrics services ever since.

When she’s not working, Dr. Sanna enjoys participating in various outdoor activities with her husband and three children, including hiking, going to the beach and gardening.




Medical Board Certifications

Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2010
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2009


Geriatric Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 2010


Internal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 2009


Internal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 2007


MD, New York Medical College, 2006


  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2019

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus



  1. Sanna MB, Reuben DB. Transforming chronic care for older adults: guided care and the elusive triple aim. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 May;28(5):603-4. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2358-8. PubMed PMID: 23377845; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3631065.
  2. Tarbell KV, Lee M, Ranheim E, Chao CC, Sanna M, Kim SK, Dickie P, Teyton L, Davis M, McDevitt H. 2002. CD4(+) T cells from glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD)65-specific T cell receptor transgenic mice are not diabetogenic and can delay diabetes transfer. J Exp Med. Aug 19;196(4):481-92
  3. Sanna M*, Pedotti R*, Tsai M, DeVoss JJ, Steinman L, McDevitt H, Galli SJ. 2003. Severe anaphylactic reactions to glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) self peptides in NOD mice that spontaneously develop autoimmune type 1 diabetes mellitus. BMC Immunol. Feb 22; 4(1):2 * authors contributed equally to this work.
  4. Kim SK, Tarbell KV, Sanna M, Vadeboncoeur M, Warganich T, Lee M, Davis M, McDevitt HO. Prevention of Type I Diabetes Transfer by GAD65 peptide 206-220-Specific T cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2004 Sep 28;101(39):14204-9

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  • Super Doctors® Southern California Rising Stars 2019