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Meet Saanie Sulley, our SHP student representative to the Rutgers University Senate.  A student in the biomedical/healthcare management informatics doctorate program, Saanie looks forward to being a voice for students in the Senate from now through 2017.

His priorities are to improve communication with the administration and push for more graduate assistantships for SHP students to enhance their educational experience and make them stronger job candidates.

The first in his family to graduate college, Saanie has four degrees to his name. He began his post-secondary education at Essex County College, where he specialized in biology and pre-med. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees in health care management at Columbia Southern University, then got his medical degree at St. Martinus University in Netherlands Antilles.

Feeling he could improve the delivery of healthcare through better use of medical data, he postponed his residency to get a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics. Saanie plans to specialize in pediatrics, and hopes to eventually return to his native Ghana to practice.

Five things to know about Saanie

  • He is one of six children but says his extended family numbers in the hundreds.
  • He volunteered at hospitals, doing everything from transporting patients to restocking supplies to educating parents on immunizations
  • He played soccer and rugby.
  • He speaks four languages, English,Twi and Ga (Ghana languages) and Hausa (spoken in Nigeria)
  • He is engaged to be married.

“As a child, I grew up in the city with few healthcare resources. People had to travel far to go to a medical center. I felt we needed care in our own community. That is what encouraged me to be a doctor,” he said.

He is an adjunct faculty member at Hudson Community College, where he wants to see SHP’s many programs promoted aggressively to students.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Saanie as our SHP student Senate representative. As our school celebrates its 40th anniversary, SHP administrators look forward to working with Saanie to enhance our student engagement as well as the overall student experience,” Douglas Lomonaco, assistant dean for student affairs.

Saanie is ready to serve in the Senate, and is eager to learn what other students think and feel about their school. He can be reached by email at:




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