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MD Dermatology of Maryland Team

Sanjiv K. Saini, MD

"I am a big advocate of patient education. I feel that by educating our patients, we can help save their lives and their family and friendís lives as well. Skin cancer is a serious thing and it affects all of us. The more we know about skin cancer the more lives we can save. I love being able to remove cancers and leave great results for each of my patients."

Dr. Sainiís extensive training includes George Washington University, Georgetown University Medical School and an internship in General Surgery at Washington Hospital Center. He then served for our Nationís Air Force as a General Medicine Officer. Soon thereafter, he was promoted to Chief of Aerospace Medicine at the US Air Force Clinic in Los Angeles. It was here that he was directly involved in the healthcare of manned space flight engineers and astronauts.

When Dr. Saini returned to the DC area, he completed his Dermatology residency at Howard University Hospital and then completed his fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery at the Burkes Farber Clinics in Kennar, LA. He became Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1991 and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and, of course, the American Medical Association.

Since 1995, heís been providing care for dermatology problems that his patients have in St. Maryís and Anne Arundel Counties. Diagnosing hundreds of melanomas, Dr. Saini realized the need for a Surgery Center. Dr. Saini began the South River Ambulatory Surgery Center in Edgewater in 2003. He went beyond just establising this state of the art center by becoming Joint Commission Accredited. Itís here that he works to remove skin cancers and dermatological ailments for patients while maintaining strict regulations set forth by the Joint Commission.

Working within the community, Dr. Saini has been the Corresponding Dermatologist with the Washington Nationalsí Baseball organization for their annual skin cancer screenings for the players, staff, friends, family, and the fans. While teaching at some of the local universities, Dr. Saini has also participated in many of the community health fairs and events.

Nicole Masson, PA-C

"I love my job because I get to make people look and feel great every day. I am blessed to have amazing patients and a wonderful staff who truly make my job not only enjoyable but also fun!"

Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology. Right after she received her masters in Physician Assistant studies from Chatham University she joined the practice in 2009.

She has been a Presenter at MAPA 2012, where she presented biopsy techniques to her fellow colleagues. Sheís also worked alongside Dr. Saini assisting with his role in Corresponding Dermatologist for the Washington Nationals Baseball team. Nicole mentors up and coming Physician Assistants throughout the year. This earned her the vote from her students as "Best Elective Preceptor of the Year" 2012. She also has memberships at AAPA and MAPA Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants.

Not only does she practice clinical dermatology, she is first assistant in surgery to Dr. Saini at our Joint Commission Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Nicole also has an interest in Cosmetic Dermatology. Working alongside Dr. Saini, Nicole leads the CosmesisMedical Spa where she and our Esthetician provide clients cosmetic services.

Nichole Thomas, PA-C

"Dermatology is a fascinating field, and I was drawn to this specialty because of the variety it offers and the opportunities to establish rewarding relationships with patients among multiple generations. I enjoy being able to offer and perform multiple services for my patients that include all aspects of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology."

Nichole is a physician assistant board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Bridgewater College. She then completed her graduate work with specialized training in dermatology at Shenandoah University and received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. During the course of her graduate training, Nichole was recognized as a Dr. James C Laidlaw Scholar and received the Physician Assistant Foundation Scholarship and the PA Outstanding Clinical Performance Award.

She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA). She regularly attends conferences hosted by the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Physician Assistants to stay well informed on the latest dermatologic treatments and procedures.

Jodi Blazel, MSN, APRN, ANP-C

"Dermatology is a complex and intriguing specialty that allows me as the practitioner to help save lives and enable people to look and feel better every day, there is nothing more rewarding."

Jodi is an adult nurse practitioner (she can see those age 13 and up) board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She grew up in the mid-west and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marquette University and was subsequently accepted into their first class of Direct Entry (accelerated) M.S.N program, graduating with honors and as a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.

She moved to the East Coast in 2004 and to Maryland in 2009 where she resides with her family. She is a member of the American Nurses Association as well as the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland. She has 13 years of experience caring for patients in a variety of settings as well as teaching in the nursing program at Norfolk State University.

The South River ASC is a Medicare and JCAHO Certified Ambulatory Center. Procedures performed are out-patient surgeries, meaning patients leave our center and return home the same day. :: More ::
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