Sion Roy

Harbor UCLA Medical Center faculty member Dr. Sion Roy has announced he is running for the position of Santa Monica College Trustee. The Indian American physician said he wants to bring “a new vision and real-world leadership” to the college board. (photo provided)

Dr. Sion Roy, a cardiologist and faculty member of Harbor UCLA Medical Center, has announced he is running for a spot on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.

Roy, 35, of Santa Monica, Calif., announced his candidacy May 8.

“I am running to bring a new vision and real-world leadership to the Santa Monica College Board,” Roy said on his campaign page.

The Indian American physician is a chairman of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Health and Safety District Advisory Committee and has been an advocate for the implementation of SB 277, which removed many of the roadblocks to vaccinations in schools and helped to curb the outbreak of measles.

In addition, Roy serves as Santa Monica College vice-chair of the Board Oversight Committee and is a member of the committee’s Public Policy Institute Academic Resources Council and General Advisory Board.

Last year, he became an adjunct faculty member at the college. He also served on the college’s Presidential Search Committee, helping to find the current president Dr. Kathryn Jeffery.

“As an adjunct professor at Santa Monica College and member of its General Advisory board, I have seen the enormous opportunities we have to create a world-class community institute for our students,” he added. “We need to transform those opportunities into reality.”

Among his goals, should he obtain a seat, is to expand coursework and degrees within medical professions and increasing ties between the college and school district. Additionally, he is pushing for more full-time faculty at the college.

“I’ve worked hard to ensure that our students in Santa Monica — and throughout the state — have the best possible future available to them,” Roy said, referencing his experience on several boards and committees. “I am committed to bringing fresh ideas to SMC, and I look forward to communicating our ideas to voters throughout the campaign,” he added.

Three seats are available for the November election. Rob Rader, Susan Aminoff and Margaret Quinones-Perez currently hold the seats that are up for election.

A native of Austin, Texas, Roy grew up in Phoenix, Ariz. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, followed by a year as an Americorps volunteer tutoring students in Baltimore, and later his medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Georgetown and did his cardiac CT and cardiology fellowship at Harbor UCLA hospital.

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