Sharon F. Hajjar '79SVC, '86P & John H. Hajjar, M.D. '77C
John H. Hajjar, M.D., is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Health System. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from St. John’s College in 1977. Upon graduation, John went on to Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating in 1981, and completed his surgical and urological training at New York University. After conducting research into the genetics of renal cancer following residency, Dr. Hajjar entered the private practice of urology in northern New Jersey in 1987. In 1992, he established one of the first Ambulatory Surgery Centers in New Jersey. That center served as a prototype for the many ambulatory surgical centers in New York, New Jersey, and Florida now operated or under development by Surgem L.L.C., a management and development company Dr. Hajjar founded in 2005. Today, John devotes all of his professional energies to the growth of Sovereign Health System, a fully integrated community healthcare organization providing clinical expertise and state-of-the-art technology for patients throughout the tri-state area.
Sharon F. Hajjar graduated St. John’s with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from St. Vincent’s College in 1979. She then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions in 1986. For some years, Sharon played a dual role, working as a registered pharmacist while spending considerable time raising three sons, Michael, Brian, and Marc. Sharon, along with husband, John, is deeply committed to the Vincentian values of helping the poor and underserved. In 2011, they received the St. Joseph’s Health Care System’s William F. Johnson Award for their commitment to the hospital and community. The Children’s Hospital was renamed the Sharon and John Hajjar Women’s and Children Pavilion at St. Joseph’s. Their philanthropy also extends to education and other efforts with Sharon actively ensuring that their cherished values of caring for those in need are fully realized.