Dr. Sanni

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.

Aliu Sanni, MD FACS

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

Eastside Bariatric & General Surgery, LLC

Eastside Medical Training

Manuscript Reviewer
European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Georgia  068948

American Board of Surgery Certification (#058378)


Doctorate Degree in Medicine
Ogun State University

General Surgery Residency 
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne UK

Research Fellowship
Department of Surgery & Reproductive Sciences
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

General Surgery Residency
Chief Resident in General Surgery
State University of NY at Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, New York

Gastrointestinal & Laparoscopic Surgery Fellowship
Emory Endosurgery Unit
Division of GI & General Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Committee Memberships:

Committee on Citizenship and Social Responsibility
Association of Surgical Education

Committee on Surgical Simulation
Association of Surgical Education

OR Governance Team 2016- Present
Eastside Medical Center, Snellville GA

Graduate Medical Education Resident Committee
State University New York at Downstate Medical Center

Honors and Awards:

Poster of Exceptional Merit & Press Release
American College of Surgeons Meeting

Best Clinical Research Presentation
Department of Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Golden Apple Teaching Award
Department of Surgery, SUNY Downstate Medical Cente

Posters of Distinction
European Society of Transplantation Annual Meeting, Prague.

Posters of Distinction
American Transplant Congress, San Francisco

Outstanding Resident Teacher Award
Department of Surgery, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals

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 Physicians Plaza


1800 Tree Lane, Suite 350


Snellville, GA 30078

Phone: 770.559.0778


Fax: 770.559.0821