Director of Jail Health Services

Dr. Lisa Pratt

Dr. Lisa Pratt, Director of Jail Services

Dr. Lisa Pratt serves as Director of Jail Health Services, a section of the Department of Public Health. Dr. Pratt and her staff provide health care to incarcerated adults in San Francisco including prevention, education, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of complex acute and chronic medical conditions. As one of SFSO’s most important and strategic partners, Dr. Pratt is a member of Sheriff Miyamoto’s executive management team.

Her bold, collaborative and nimble leadership serves to keep San Francisco’s incarcerated population protected and safe and has helped prevent a large outbreak of COVID-19 in San Francisco jails during the pandemic. Dr. Pratt and her 160-plus member staff of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, behavioral health clinicians, dentists and support services work with SFSO Custody Command to address COVID-19 risks in real-time, troubleshooting and implementing solutions. 

Through Dr. Pratt’s initiative, San Francisco began testing individuals for COVID-19 on April 12, 2020 at booking. She has helped develop a quarantine and isolation protocol to ensure that people in custody who are either exposed or COVID positive remain separated from the general population to minimize infection opportunities. These and other jail protocols have evolved into national best practices for managing COVID-19 in a correctional or detention facility.

Dr. Pratt joined Jail Health Services in January 2016 from San Quentin State Prison where she served as the Chief Physician and Surgeon under a healthcare federal receivership. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, earning her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Pratt completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).