Doctor Babar K. Rao
Our founder and medical director, Doctor Babar K. Rao, has over twenty years of specialty experience, is board certified in both Dermatology and Dermatopathology, and is an affiliate member of The American Society for MOHS Surgery. Doctor Rao has trained at the University of London, UT Southwestern, New York University, and Cornell University, and is considered a pioneer and international authority on Dermoscopy, a non-invasive method of skin cancer detection, and Confocal Microscopy. As one of the very few expert Dermoscopists and Confocalists in the country, Doctor Rao can more accurately assess when a biopsy is absolutely necessary. Doctor Rao is also the Acting Chair and an Associate Clinical Professor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. As a pathologist and surgeon, Doctor Rao's experience and knowledge of the underlying skin structure enable him to have a greater depth of understanding and precision when diagnosing and treating the skin. Learn more about Doctor Rao (PDF) and some of his projects and publications. *Dr. Babar K. Rao works in all three locations.
Aliona Buga, MS PA-C
Aliona Buga is a licensed, NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant who joined Rao Dermatology in November 2010. She is a 2006 graduate of Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, where she earned with Honors a Baccalaureate Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor Psychology. She completed her Master of Science, Physician Assistant degree, at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey / School of Health Related Professions ( UMDNJ/SHRP) in 2010. Ms. Buga has a special interest in Adolescent Dermatology, Eczema and Psoriasis Management. She is especially passionate when counseling her patients on skin cancer prevention measures including sun protection and yearly skin exam. As Ms. Buga moves forward in her career in Dermatology, she plans to get involved in a teaching/ mentoring opportunity at UMDNJ/SHRP. For more information on Physican's Asisstants, visit the AAPA website.
Doctor Omar Noor
Dr. Omar Noor was born and raised in New York. He completed his medical education at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC and completed his dermatology residency at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine where he was the chief resident. His interests include skin cancer and medical dermatology with a special interest in Cosmetic Dermatology, including Botox, Fillers, and Lasers. Dr. Omar Noor has received several distinguishing awards from the New York Academy of Medicine in the field of dermatology, is currently a member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corp, and is certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD).
Dr. Sairah Khokher
Dr. Sairah Khokher is a board certified dermatologist. She obtained her dermatology degree at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. Her interests include skin cancer and medical dermatology with a special interest in Vitiligo, Cosmetic Dermatology, including Botox, Fillers, Lasers, Hair loss and Sclerotherapy. She has published several scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and is currently a member of the AAD, ABD, ASDS and National Vitiligo Foundation. Dr. Khokher is now accepting new patients!
Lauren Riley, MS NP-C
Lauren Riley is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who joined Rao Dermatology in April of 2016. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Cruz, a Masters in Business from Seton Hall University and both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in 2013. She has clinical experience in Family Medicine practicing in Manhattan and New Jersey and brings a passion for Dermatology to her practice at Rao Dermatology. She has a personal interest in Acne, Psoriasis, and Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention.