Sanbar was born in Haifa, and received his MD at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He did a residency in Internal Medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Universities of Oklahoma. He completed his training at the University of Michigan Medical Centers, with an advanced Cardiovascular fellowship of the Michigan Heart Association. His J.D. is from Oklahoma City University.
Sanbar was inducted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a CAPTAIN and was promoted to MAJOR, while at Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Finally, Sanbar was promoted to LT. COLONEL while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, U.S. Army Hospital, Danang, Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his efforts in Vietnam prior to being Honorably Discharged on July 4, 1970.
He has practiced in Oklahoma City for decades both as an Attorney at Law and Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Sanbar is a Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) and he has received numerous awards from the American College of Legal Medicine. He was the Chairman of the American Board of Legal Medicine (ABLM); and is Adjunct Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Sanbar has authored over 200 articles, and serves as editor of several books in his specialties. He publishes articles for the LAW AND MEDICINE section of the BULLETIN, by the Oklahoma County Medical Society. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar, the Oklahoma County Bar, the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma County Medical Society. He is a State, National and International Lecturer on Medical Ethics and Legal Medicine.
Sanbar is an advocate and has a keen interest in personal behavioral issues of people, which includes issues such as privacy, the rights of nursing home residents, and the highly charged and sensitive matters involving sex, intimacy, love and romance in the elderly and Alzheimer’s sufferers.