Meet Our Team…

We strive to provide our patients with the highest quality medical care in a warm, compassionate and emotionally intelligent environment.

Hema Sundaram, M.D., FAAD

Dr. Hema Sundaram is a graduate of the world-renowned University of Cambridge in England where she completed, with honors, her undergraduate degree in genetics, her masters degree and her medical degree. She was awarded the James Anderson Prize for Medicine and Surgery.

After an internship at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Hema completed her dermatology residency at the University of Chicago where she won the Chicago Dermatological Society Research Award. After a research and clinical dermatology fellowship at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) during which she served in the Public Health Service, she entered private practice in 1995.

Dr. Hema is Board Certified in dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is recognized as an expert in cutting-edge cosmetic surgery and is dedicated to educating both the public and her fellow physicians. She is a faculty speaker at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, speaks at medical conferences for physicians and allied health care professionals and serves as a Principal Investigator for FDA studies of new treatments and technologies. Dr. Hema is a national advisor and teacher for several laser and other cosmetic surgery technologies including Restylane treatment, and one of a small group of thought leaders selected to teach other cosmetic surgeons about the new wrinkle filler, Perlane. . Her national television appearances include CNN's show, "The FlipSide", where she explained the latest cosmetic surgery breakthroughs, NBC Channel 4, where she introduced viewers to the new wrinkle filler, Juvederm, NewsChannel 8, where she discussed Botox, and Comcast’s “Healthline” show. Dr. Hema has also been interviewed by XM Radio and numerous other national radio stations. She has been honored by the National Press Club and contributes regularly to leading health and beauty magazines.

Dr. Hema’s new book, FACE VALUE: THE TRUTH ABOUT BEAUTY - AND A GUILT-FREE GUIDE TO FINDING IT [Rodale] has been acclaimed by both reviewers and readers. Her skills and her groundbreaking philosophy bring women and men of all ages to consult her from throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Dr. Hema is committed to community service. She volunteers at, and donates to, many health and education-related charities and outreach programs. She serves as an advisor to several pharmaceuticals, laser and skin care companies, sharing her expertise in teaching, research and the development of new medical therapies.

Dr. Hema lives in Maryland with her husband, a cardiologist, and their two children. Her interests include Indian classical singing, yoga, biking and Vedantic studies. She is currently working on her next book.

Rana Leichliter, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Ms. Rana Leichliter completed her undergraduate training at the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She served as a medical technician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ and then commenced her graduate studies at Arcadia University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, including special dermatology experience. Rana joined Dr. Hema in May 2003 after passing the National Physician Assistant certifying exam.

Rana is licensed to practice dermatology in Maryland and Virginia as part of Dr. Hema’s team and she collaborates closely with Dr. Hema to optimize the care of our patients. She is qualified to diagnose and prescribe medications for patients and to perform dermatologic surgery. She is also certified in laser hair removal, natural salt macrodermabrasion, chemical peels and other cosmetic surgery procedures. Rana is dedicated to patient education and she is actively involved in medical teaching and research.

Rana lives in Northern Virginia with her fiancé. She enjoys swimming, exercising and watching movies, and is currently preparing for her wedding this fall.

Meredith Wickline, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Taj Hassan, M.B.B.S.
Cosmetic Consultant and Office Manager

Rania Elbashir, M.B.B.S.
Cosmetic Consultant and Aesthetician

Jillian Aburub

Licensed Aesthetician

Allison Gorey, BA

Front Office Assistant

Ashley Josh

Licensed Aesthetician

Susan Ly, BA
Front Office Assistant

Deepa Subramanian, CA
Insurance and Billing Specialist

Saroja Sundaram, MA

Practice Administrator

Starlene Truslow, BA

Aesthetician and Medical Assistant

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