Dr. Hema Sundaram is a fellowship-trained, American Board-Certified dermatologist, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester in England, and founding director of her cosmetic dermatology, laser & surgery clinics in suburban Washington, DC, USA. She has a special interest in elucidating the scientific basis of new technologies, and a commitment to applying science in the service of patient safety. Dr. Sundaram holds masters and medical degrees with honours from Cambridge University in England. She completed dermatology residency at the University of Chicago in the USA, post-doctoral research in molecular biology, and a Medical Staff Research Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health where she served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service.
Dr. Sundaram has served as a Visiting Professor for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), chairs the ASDS International Travelling Mentorship and Fellowship Recognition Programs Work Group, and has served as a Mentor for the ASDS Future Leaders' Network to prepare the next generation of leaders in dermatologic surgery. She has received awards for her clinical and research work and her publications. She serves as a Session Director, Moderator and Faculty Speaker at the ASDS and American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meetings, on the ASDS Cutaneous Events Procedures Event Registry (CAPER) Task Force, the AAD Sulzberger Dermatologic Institute and Education Grants Committee, and the Skin of Color Society Scientific, Development and Research Committees. She is a keynote speaker at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology academy congresses worldwide.
Dr. Sundaram is a Principal Investigator for US FDA clinical trials of injectables, lasers, devices, and topical therapies, and an advisor on regulatory submissions, development of study protocols and assessment scales in North America, Europe, and Asia. She directs educational initiatives and conferences worldwide including the SEASON Aesthetic Conferences (https://seasonaesthetics.org/) and founded the Global Aesthetics Alliance, which brings together dermatologists, plastic surgeons and scientists from throughout the world to forge collaborations that optimise procedural safety and outcomes.
Dr. Sundaram is an Associate Editor and Editorial Advisor for dermatology journals, and a reviewer for journals including the official publications of the ASDS, AAD, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV). Her book, Face Value, was honoured by the National Press Club. Her scientific publications include chapters and papers on injectables, lasers, regenerative medicine, threads and topical therapies, Guest Editorship of an upcoming special supplement in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) journal, and a new fillers book currently in press. Her patient care philosophy is integrative, drawing upon lifelong experience as a dedicated practitioner of yoga.