Sarmela Sunder M.D.


Dr. Sarmela Sunder
Sunder Plastic Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery – Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Sarmela Sunder is a board certified and fellowship trained surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Sunder believes that you should put your best face forward. She dedicated years of training to the face and neck, knowing that a surgeon should properly focus on one field in order to be truly exceptional. Her extensive training combined with her innate sense for aesthetics gives her a distinctive approach for patient counseling and management. Additionally, Dr. Sunder represents a woman’s perspective, allowing her to offer her patients a unique and exclusive experience.

Dr. Sunder began her training at the Johns Hopkins University, where she received dual degrees in Public Health and Anthropology and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. Dr. Sunder continued her medical education at the world-renown Cornell Medical College where she spent years doing research, and published several articles in leading scientific journals. Her academic excellence took her to an elite residency program at Stanford University where she completed her internship in General Surgery, followed by residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, culminating with her serving as Chief Resident. During her residency, she trained under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Goode, a pioneer in rhinoplasty and former president of both the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Sunder, whose artistic talents were recognized from a young age, was able to merge her artistic ability with her passion for medicine when she was accepted to a prestigious fellowship accredited by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She trained under internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Vito Quatela, another past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Sunder has the rare honor and privilege of being trained by two past presidents of this distinguished Academy. Besides writing multiple articles in the leading scientific journals, she has authored or contributed to several book chapters, including a guide for surgeons to prepare for the facial plastic surgery board certification.

In addition to dedicating herself to her practice, Dr. Sunder has devoted time and effort towards humanitarian causes in various parts of India, Ecuador and the Philippines. She performs cleft lip and cleft palate repairs as well as ear reconstructions for patients born without an ear (microtia repair). She is also a participant in Face to Face, a national program offering her services pro bono to victims of domestic abuse.

While Dr. Sunder’s exceptional training and impressive accolades positions her among the most successful facial plastic surgeons in the nation, her patients have sought her out for the exclusive, personalized patient experience that her practice offers. Dr. Sunder’s attentiveness and accessibility are unparalleled because she firmly believes that an educated patient is a happy patient. To achieve this end, Dr. Sunder and her team are dedicated to guiding you through your procedure: from the decision-making process, through the actual treatment, to the recovery process and beyond.


Vito Quatela, MD/University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
July 2009-July 2010 Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California
2005-2009 Residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
2004-2005 Internship in General Surgery

Cornell University Weill Medical College, New York, New York
September 2000-June 2004 M.D. degree

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
September 1996-June 2000
B.A. Anthropology, Honors Thesis on Political Manipulation of Classical Dance in Sri Lanka
B.A. Public Health: Honors Research Thesis on the Use of Cost-Utility Indexes in Medicine,
Harvard School of Public Health

April 2010     American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck-Surgery
June 2010    American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

License to practice medicine in the states of California and New York

2008  Resident Research Award, Stanford University Medical Center
2003  Woman Leader of the Year Award, Cornell University Weill Medical College
2000  Phi Beta Kappa, The Johns Hopkins University
2000  Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award, The Johns Hopkins University

American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
American Association of Cosmetic Surgery
American Medical Association
American Rhinologic Society


Sunder S and Quatela VC. “Microtia: Diagnosis and Surgical Management”. Current Diagnosis and Treatment – Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, 3rd Ed. Ed Anil Lalwani. New York: McGraw Medical, 2010.

Sunder S and Hwang, P. “Anesthesia in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery”. Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures, 4th Ed. Ed Richard Jaffe & Stanley Samuels. New York : Lippincott, Williams & Wilkinson, 2008.

Sunder S, Oshima K, Teo D, Senn P, Heller S. Bone-morphogenetic-factor 4 promotes neuronal differentiation of spiral ganglia cells. (Submitted for publication.)

Sunder S, Oshima K, Senn P, Heller S. Neuronal Differentiation of Spiral Ganglia Cells with BMP-4. Poster presentation at Annual Meeting of American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, September 2007.

Sunder S, Mendelsohn AH, Berke GS, Damrose EJ. Complications of stenting in the treatment of upper airway stenosis.  American Bronchoesophagological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego , CA , April 26 – 27, 2007.

Sunder S, Yan Y, Damrose EJ. Impact of androgen therapy in a singer undergoing female to male gender reassignment.  American Bronchoesophagological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego , CA , April 26 – 27, 2007.

Sunder S, Yan Y, Damrose EJ. The use of calcium hydroxylapatite to alleviate aspiration in the near-total laryngectomy patient.  American Bronchoesophagological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego , CA , April 26 – 27, 2007.

Sunder S, Jackler RK, Blevins NH . Virtuosity with the mallet and gouge: the brilliant triumph of the “modern” mastoid operation.Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2006; 39: 6: 1191-210.

Sunder S, Yan Y, Damrose EJ. Qualitative study of vocal fold motion using stroboscopy.  American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery Annual Meeting, Toronto , Ontario , September 18, 2006.

Thevarajah S, Carew J, Selesnick SH. Bilateral squamous cell carcinoma of the external auditory canal. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.2005 Jun;132(6):960-2.

Thevarajah S, Polanecsky M, Scherl EJ, Frissora CL. Hormonal influences on the gastrointestinal tract and irritable bowel syndrome.Practical Gastroenterol. 2005; May:62-74.

Thevarajah S, Huston TL, Simmons RM. A comparison of the adverse reactions associated with isosulfan blue versus methylene blue dye in sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer. Am J Surg. 2005 Feb;189(2):236-9.

Frissora CL, Thevarajah S, and Koch KL. GI Consult: Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Emerg Med 36(6):9-15, 2004

Simmons R, Thevarajah S, Brennan MB, Christos P, Osborne M. Methylene blue dye as an alternative to isosulfan blue dye for sentinel lymph node localization. Ann Surg Oncol. 2003 Apr;10(3):242-7.

Thevarajah S and Krishnasatry KV. Acute mesenteric ischemia presenting as terminal ileitis, managed with angioplasty and stent placement. Presented at the Eastern Vascular Society Annual Meeting, May 2003 in New York, New York .

Simmons R, Thevarajah S, Brennan MB, Christos P, Osborne M. Methylene blue dye as an alternative to isosulfan blue dye for sentinel lymph node biopsy. Presentation at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Conference, March 2002 in Denver, Colorado .

Simmons RM, Burrell W, Thevarajah S, Brennan MB, Christos P and Osborne MP. Local and distant recurrence rates in skin-sparing mastectomies compared with non-skin-sparing mastectomies. Presentation at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Conference, March 2002 in Denver, Colorado .


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