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Meet The Doctor

Aliu Sanni, MD FACS began his medical training at Newcastle Upon Tyne, England before coming to the United States. He completed his residency at SUNY Downstate in New York and his fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He now lives in Gwinnett County where he prides himself on providing quality care and improving the lives of his patients.

A devoted husband and father that enjoys playing tennis and soccer in his spare time, Dr. Sanni holds many positions throughout the medical community and has a passion for patient healthcare.


As a premier surgeon, he practices general surgery regularly at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville and Duluth, as well as Eastside Medical Center in Snellville.


He also has his own specialty practice focused on bariatrics where he has developed a comprehensive, complete program in Snellville. His staff and colleagues are dedicated to helping each of their patients succeed in their weight loss journey as they strive to take charge of their personal health.

As the Medical Director at Eastside Medical Center, he helps run the Department of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for the hospital, which has received distinction as being a Medical Center of Excellence.


He also is dedicated to giving back to education. He’s an associate professor of surgery for Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University and a clinical professor of surgery for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Georgia Campus. Dr. Sanni has also developed his own intern program at the request of several medical schools.



Experience and Education


Current Titles and Affiliations:


Medical Director

 Department of Metabolic & Bariatric Center of Excellence (MBSAQIP)

 Eastside Medical Center

 Snellville, GA 30078



Clinical Professor of Surgery

 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus

 625 Old Peachtree road NW

 Suwanee, GA 30024


Associate Professor of Surgery,

 Medical College of Georgia/ Augusta University

 1120 15th Street,

 Augusta GA 30912





Georgia  068948





1994-2000  Doctorate Degree in Medicine

   Ogun State University



2001-2005  General Surgery Residency 

   Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust

   Newcastle upon Tyne UK



 2005-2007  Research Fellowship

    Department of Surgery & Reproductive Sciences

    University of Newcastle upon Tyne

    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK





Committee Memberships:


2012-present  Committee on Citizenship and Social Responsibility

   Association of Surgical Education


2013-present  Committee on Surgical Simulation

   Association of Surgical Education




Honors and Awards:

 2016   Poster of Exceptional Merit & Press Release

    American College of Surgeons Meeting


 2014   Best Clinical Research Presentation

    Department of Surgery, Emory University Hospital


 2013   Golden Apple Teaching Award

    Department of Surgery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center




Society Memberships:

2010 - present            Association of Surgical Education

2010 - present            Association of Academic Surgery

2010 - present            Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons


Research Focus:

Clinical Research:

• Surgical outcomes of bariatric surgery

• The effect of bariatric surgery on satiety hormones (ghrelin)


Educational Research:

• Developing and improving educational opportunities for medical students and surgery residents using standardized teaching curriculums.

• The role of simulation (FLS/ FES) in surgical education.



Grant Support:


Research Project: Use of kidneys with small renal tumours for renal transplantation.

Principal Investigator: Aliu Sanni

Co-Investigator: Professor David Talbot

Research Grant Sponsor: Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund (NCKRF)

Grant:           $54,271


Clinical Service Contributions:

• Patient care quality improvement using daily allocation of surgical residents to the operating room and outpatient clinics at

Kings County Hospital, NY (2012).


• Creation of a Resident driven structured Bedside Teaching Curriculum for Medical Student on General Surgery rotation at

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NY (2012-2013)



 Eastside Bariatric & General Surgery, LLC






 Eastside Medical Training




Manuscript Reviewer

  European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery

2007-2013  General Surgery Residency

    Chief Resident in General Surgery

    State University of NY at Downstate Medical Center

    Brooklyn, New York



2013-2014  Gastrointestinal & Laparoscopic Surgery Fellowship

      Emory Endosurgery Unit

      Division of GI & General Surgery

      Emory University School of Medicine

      Atlanta, Georgia

2016-present  OR Governance Team 2016- Present

  Eastside Medical Center, Snellville GA


2010-2012  Graduate Medical Education Resident Committee

  State University New York at Downstate Medical Center


 2007   Posters of Distinction

    European Society of Transplantation Annual Meeting, Prague.


 2007   Posters of Distinction

    American Transplant Congress, San Francisco


 2005   Outstanding Resident Teacher Award

    Department of Surgery, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals

American Board of Surgery Certification (#058378)