Sunny Jha, M.D., M.S. is an anesthesiology resident at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in Chicago, IL. As our VP of Healthcare and Medicine, Sunny overseas and contributes to clarifying medical issues, healthcare policy and reviews our results for implications and validity in fields of medicine. He currently serves as the Chair of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) Resident and Fellow’s Section (RFS) and as the RFS Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) and ISMS assemblies. Within the AMA, he has served as members of the Committee on Medical Education and Committee on Legislation and Advocacy. He also serves as the Region 2 Executive Vice Chairman. At Rush, Sunny is the Vice President of the House Staff Association and has been awarded for his research accomplishments concerning quality initiatives and post-operative pain. Additionally, he serves as the Vice President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Residents and Fellows Section.
Prior to Rush, Sunny received his medical degree and masters degress from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, VA. As a medical student, Sunny served on the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), his class Executive/Student Councils, and the Pan Student Council. He also served on the AAMC’s Questionnaire Advisory Board. Within the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Sunny was a Medical Student Component Governing Council member serving as a Delegate from the ASA to the AMA. Within the AMA, he authored over a dozen policy resolutions and served as Chair of the Committee on Legislation and Advocacy (COLA), member of the AMPAC Student Advisory Board, and as a Student Ambassador for the AMA Foundation. Notably, Sunny received the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award as a 2nd year. Additionally, he founded and was inducted into the EVMS chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). He has completed research projects at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Rush University and EVMS. Sunny has also been active with free clinics and community activities. He assisted in organizing and has coordinated Community Care Day, an annual daylong health fair at EVMS. Sunny also created a partnership with the Chesapeake Care Clinic and EVMS. Sunny also led a team of medical students to transition EVMS’ student run free clinic to a new location. Additionally, he brokered an agreement with Physicians for Peace to create a sustainable scholarship to support medical student participation in international medical missions.
Prior to his medical education, Sunny received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. While there, he served as Clinic Coordinator for the Suitcase Clinic, an acute care free medical clinic. He was also a Commissioner on the City of Berkeley’s Community Health Commission helping set the city’s progressive health policy.