An attorney, a global health advocate, and a champion of the arts, E. Ginger Sullivan has given many speeches around the world, including the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden; Uganda, Namibia, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Alaska, and Hawaii. From 1989-1993, she was a spokesperson for the National Cancer Institute on the early detection and treatment of breast and prostate cancers.
Mrs. Sullivan is the wife of Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., founding dean and first president of Morehouse School of Medicine, (MSM). Dr. Sullivan served as president of the school for more than two decades. In 1976, Mrs. Sullivan founded, and served as president of the Friends of MSM, Inc.; an organization which raised funds for MSM student scholarships. The Sullivan’s continue to support MSM, including its national fund-raising activities.
The Sullivan’s moved to the Nation’s Capitol when Dr. Sullivan was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1989 – 1993). Mrs. Sullivan served on the White House Fellows Selection Panel for three years.
Mrs. Sullivan serves as co-sponsor of The Sullivan 5K Run/Walk Road Race for Health & Fitness on Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. Now in its 21st year, the popular event has raised almost $200,000 to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Firm believers in daily exercise, the Sullivan’s have walked in more than 50 countries throughout their travels. In recent years, they have added walks in Senegal, Nigeria, Gabon, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Egypt, Morocco, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Algeria.
A renowned champion of the arts, Mrs. Sullivan has served on the boards of the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre and True Colors Theatre in Atlanta; Wolf Trap, and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. She also served on the board of the Arthritis Foundation of Georgia and has been a strong supporter of Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB) and Africare.
Mrs. Sullivan attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Woodrow Wilson School of Law in Atlanta. She worked as a hepatic research technician at Yale Medical School and as a cardiovascular researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital with Drs. C. Miller Fisher and Raymond Adams.
She is a member of the Buckhead Cascade Chapter of Links, Inc., and the auxiliaries to the Atlanta Medical Association and the National Medical Association.
The Sullivan’s have three children: Paul, an alumnus of MSM and Howard University College of Medicine, is a radiologist in Dallas, Texas, and is married to Dr. Laura Brady, a pharmacologist. Paul and Laura have two sons, Paul Jr. and Brent; Shanta, a graduate of Dartmouth College, is an art historian and an actor. She has appeared in television roles on 'Port Charles, Sunset Beach, and AUSA,' as well as regional theatre productions in Santa Barbara and the Martha's Vineyard; Halsted, a Harvard Law School graduate and comedy writer, has written for Chris Rock and Will Smith, several television network programs, and is co-producer of the popular NBC primetime sitcom, ”The Office.”
(Updated December, 2009)