About the Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians

The Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians (SANP) was created as an organization of like-minded members with the view to mutually support each other professionally and culturally and to give back to our new home: the Southwestern United States. SANP is made up of a group of hardworking, vibrant, community-minded professionals dedicated to providing patients with the highest level of care here in the border region. Clinical and career collaboration has been the mainstay in most medical communities and the Southwest Association of Nigerian physicians is committed to upholding the same within its group and within the physician community at large. SANP is a forum for our members to continue to integrate into the community in meaningful ways as well as collaborate with other healthcare members and groups. With over 50 physician members, SANP is one of the largest non-profit medical organizations in the southwest United States. Individually, SANP members provide high-acuity, quality healthcare to thousands of individuals and families living in El Paso, Las Cruces, and beyond. Their members range from academic physicians providing care and education at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, the Burrell School of Medicine in Las Cruces, and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, to private community physicians who provide a host of primary care and highly skilled specialist care in Las Cruces and El Paso.



The Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians was started in 2016. We’re looking to spread the feeling of community and the celebration of Nigerian culture with Nigerian physicians throughout the Southwest of the United States.


Our mission can be divided into three main core categories; social connection, culture, and education. Social Connection: Nigerians are known at home and in diaspora for their love of social gatherings to bring friends and family together. SANP holds quarterly social meetings and a yearly scholarship and cultural gala in the community. SANP members were front and center when one of our own, Dr. Benedict Omalu, presented an amazing talk at a recent fundraising event in El Paso. Culture: Wherever Nigerians live, they rarely stray from their culture. SANP promotes Nigerian culture and hopes to share its culture in regular activities to show the diverse and rich culture of our home away from home. Education: SANP realizes that education is the cornerstone of the next generation and is committed to engaging in educational activities in the borderland. SANP members are already engaged in various academic institutions in the community. At every level, education is the key to success, and SANP is dedicated to organizing educational activities on various scales throughout the year.


Goals of the Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians include:

  1. Professional
    1. Clinical support
    2. Career collaboration
  2. Social
    1. Attend yearly and quarterly social gatherings
    2. Engage and collaborate with colleagues
    3. Mentor younger colleagues/children
  3. Cultural
    1. Express Nigerian pride and culture
    2. Stimulate city-wide pride about Nigeria
  4. Educational
    1. Participate in symposiums, teachings, training, and CMEs


Leadership is an important aspect of the Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians. We pride ourselves on being leaders in the field, community, and as representatives of Nigerian Culture. If you are interested in joining the association, contact us today!

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We’re dedicated to giving back to every member of our communities. Our association relies on donations in order to do our part and help our patients be successful. We appreciate any donation you can make.