Meet The Doctors 2017-06-12T02:35:51+00:00

Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD- Founder & Director 

Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD is a board certified dermatologist in practice on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan for the last decade. Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award Winner 2016 and 2015, Dr. Akhavan is also member of the faculty of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he is involved in the education of dermatology residents in their cosmetic and medical clinics. Dr. Akhavan’s particular areas of interest and expertise are in non-invasive and minimally invasive Cosmetic Procedures of the Face, Neck, and Body, as well as in the detection and management of skin cancer and skin lesions.

Dr. Akhavan is on the forefront of advanced techniques in cosmetic medicine and was amongst the first to bring newer technologies such as SculpSure for Body Contouring and Cellfina for Cellulite to the NYC area. Dr. Akhavan heads one of the most advanced cosmetic laser centers in Manhattan, with state-of-the-art devices and years of expert experience combining to provide patients with amazing results and safety. All non-invasive laser procedures of the face and body and are offered at his NYC center, The Dermatology & Laser Group.  Dr. Akhavan also has special expertise and interest in other aspects of cosmetic dermatology, including the use of Botox, injectable fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse, and others), and chemical peels and other procedures for facial rejuvenation. He has also received specialized training in Digital Mole Analysis, a process that combines total body photography with a procedure called epiluminescence dermatoscopy, in order to more fully analyze moles and follow them over time. Digital Mole Analysis has the potential to diagnose melanoma at an earlier stage, and to decrease the number of biopsies of non-cancerous moles to which a patient is subjected. Dr. Akhavan is an author of several textbook chapters on therapeutics in dermatology, as well as numerous articles published in a variety of journals. Dr. Akhavan has been involved in a variety of medical research studies, including extensive work studying the protective effects of a variety of natural compounds against skin cancer.

Dr. Akhavan’s training in dermatology, internal medicine, and medical education were all completed at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. He was awarded the Basic Science Achievement Award in 2003. Dr. Akhavan received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.  Dr. Akhavan enjoys playing golf, hiking, and traveling in his time off.

rahatazfar-e1451103744470Dr. Rahat Azfar, MD FAAD MSCE- DERMATOLOGY

Dr. Rahat Azfar is a board certified Dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatology, as well as holding a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Azfar completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard University in Boston, her dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, one of the top dermatology training programs in the nation, and received her Masters of Science in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania, earning her the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health and the American Skin Association. As a member of clinical faculty at Mount Sinai, she trains other dermatologists in the latest methods, as well as actively participates in new research. She is proud to be published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, Dermatology edition.

As well as her rigorous medical dermatology background, Dr. Azfar prides herself in her careful and natural application of the latest injectables and chemical peels. As a member of the dermatology team at The Dermatology & Laser Group, Dr. Azfar focuses on blending cosmetic and medical care to provide the highest level of comprehensive care for her patients.

AlalehAkhavanDr. Alaleh Akhavan, MD, FAAD- DERMATOLOGY

Dr. Alaleh Akhavan is a board certified dermatologist who believes in helping her patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin at all stages of life, and is committed to caring for her patients with an open-minded approach to skin wellness. As a member of the dermatology team at The Dermatology and Laser Group, Dr. Alaleh Akhavan offers a thoughtful balance of medical, surgical and cosmetic services. After studying political science as an undergraduate at Columbia University, and graduating with honors in poetry from the esteemed Creative Writing program, Dr. Alaleh Akhavan left an exciting career in journalism to pursue her dream of caring for patients. She attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a prestigious Sue Golding Scholar, graduating with Distinction in Research in Dermatology. She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society.

Realizing her passion for caring for patients of all ages, she completed her internship in pediatrics at the NYU Langone Medical Center before returning to Albert Einstein for her dermatology training. In addition to her excellent medical and surgical training, she received extensive hands-on experience in achieving beautiful, natural results in cosmetic dermatology. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Women’s Dermatologic Society.

Dr. Alaleh Akhavan sees patients of all ages, and her unique life experiences have allowed her to develop her own approachable style of dermatology that her patients have come to rely on.

Sarah Porter, PA-C, Dermatology

Sarah Porter, PA-C, MPAS is a licensed board certified Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology.  She received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she was inducted into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.  During her rigorous elective clinical rotation, she studied under a board certified dermatologist where her passion for dermatology developed.  For her Capstone Research Project, she performed a comprehensive literature review aimed to determine whether skin cancer education enhanced sun protection practices.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Richmond where she graduated with honors.

Sarah is passionate about helping her patients achieve healthy, clear skin.  She is involved in both the medical and cosmetic services offered at The Dermatology and Laser Group.  Sarah offers  a compassionate approach at each visit and is enthusiastic about patient education.  At our practice, she aims to provide expert level care to all her patients.

Dermatology and Laser Group Testimonials

Came here to see Dr. Akhavan and the experience from start to finish was more than I could hope for. From the moment I booked the appointment I could tell the office is extremely well organized and thoughtful towards their patients’ needs…
Doug R., ( Via Yelp )
I cannot recommend Dr. Akhavan’s practice enough. Dr. Akhavan answers all my questions, no matter how dumb. Unlike my last dermatologist, I felt that they listened to me and allowed me to have input on decisions regarding my health care…
Patricia O., ( Via Yelp )
Dr Akhavan is an outstanding dermatologist. I went in for a skin check and he discovered an abnormal mole. Note that I was 8 months pregnant at the time…
Anda B., ( Via Yelp )
Dr. Akhavan came highly recommended by my close friend and colleague. Although I trust my friend’s word, I still checked the doc out on Yelp. As of today, Dr. Akhavan only has FIVE STAR reviews and you know what? Everything everyone says about him is true!…
Helen L., ( Via Yelp )
Dr. Akhavan was prompt, courteous and informative. I went on the day of snowpocalypse 2014. It didn’t matter, the doctor and his staff were in the office ready for my visit…
Radoslav A., ( Verified ZocDoc Patient )