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You will be seeing Dr. Akhavan's PA, Sarah Porter, PA-C, working under Dr. Akhavan's guidance.
Sarah Porter, PA-C is a licensed board certified Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Richmond where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. After her undergraduate studies, she went on to receive her Master’s Degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she was inducted into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. During her studies, she focused on Dermatology for her extensive elective rotation.
Sarah is passionate about skin cancer prevention and helping her patients achieve healthy, clear skin. She is involved in both the medical and cosmetic services offered at The Dermatology and Laser Group. At our practice, she aims to provide compassionate and expert level care to all patients.
Dr. Akhavan is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Mount Sinai Medical Center trained dermatologist specializing in Cosmetic, Medical, and Surgical Dermatology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and is certified by the American Board of Dermatology.
Verified Patient Reviews
He was very thorough and explained everything very clearly. I highly recommend.
The office is one of the nicest medical offices I've ever seen...and I've been in A LOT! It feels like you're in a modern living room. All the staff were very accommodating to my infant in a stroller. Dr. A was great! Personable and professional!
Extremely knowledgeable and no wait time!
Was seen right away at my appointment time. Dr. Akhavan is very helpful, patient, and thorough.
Excellent physician with excellent staff and a beautiful clinic! Great experience and highly recommend to others!
Very professional and pleasant staff and physician. I highly recommend him and his practice.
I researched Doctors for close to 3 years before a friend recommended Dr. Akhavan - that was 2 years ago. Since then, I've recommended at least 5 -- and we all feel the same. He is simply wonderful and whatever he does, he does it perfect! Highly recommend.
Dr Akhaven and his assistant were professional , courteous, and knowledgable. I am definitely going to return and will recommend to my friends.
Wonderful doctor and friendly staff, highly recommend
Incredibly knowledgable, took time to answer all my questions, highly recommend.
He was very understanding of my situation.
Dr Akhavan was informative, laid out my treatment options with pros and cons, and his staff was just as awesome!
Nice and friendly, quick and easy. I came in early and they were able to see me. Staff is professional and friendly. Overall a nice experience.
Spa-like! Love, love, love Dr. Akhavan. He is truly the best!
Great experience. Went in for a routine skin check and was in and out in less than 30 minutes, thankfully did not feel awkward whatsoever. No pressure to have any procedures or do anything differently. I really appreciated that he looked at two moles that were previously removed and asked why the doctor had done that, rather than take a small biopsy and assess. Exactly what I was looking for.
Great physician. Fully explained all of my options to me. Kind, caring, and extremely professional. As a fellow doctor I can tell he knows what he is talking about. Great staff and office. Very happy with Dr. Akhavan!
I've been to Dr. Akhavan quite a few times and on every visit, the doctor and the entire staff has shown the utomost professionalism. I highly recommened the doctor.
Dr. Akhavan was great, and he communicates very well. He answered all of my questions much, much better than most doctors.
He was very rushed, didn't build rapport with me as the patient, saw me for about 5 minutes flat and when I asked for a prescription for something he wouldn't give it. He didn't ask about my background or history and barely spent a second inspecting the area that I told him I was having problems with. He asked me to book a follow up which I am not going to do. I hope the co pay isn't a lot because I don't want to spend a cent after that horrible experience.
my visit was great! he identified the problem with my skin, recommend a facial routine that works well with the prescribed face cream. I am seeing improvements. had one follow up, and will make another one soon. Adult acne is frustrating, he understands.
Dr. Akhavan is amazing! I am so glad I picked to go see him. He was very kind. He answered all my questions and the doctor's office is magnificent! Hardly any wait time. I was early and I was seen early as a result too.
Outstanding Physician. Beautiful new office. Friendly, highly competent new staff. I feel lucky to have found Dr Akhavan.
Great, I got exactly what I came for.
I had a really good experience with the doctor as well as the rest of the office staff. They were very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. The doctor did a thorough exam of my dermatology issue and recommended the simplest/least invasive solution first. He also gave me some practical suggestions to help manage my skin. He let me know to come back in if it I needed more treatment. I felt really comfortable and like I got the best treatment possible. I also had a few questions regarding cosmetic procedures that were not related to my appointment and he was really great about giving me information and resources to check out. The office is very easy to get to via train. (yay!) I was able to fill out all of my medical history and insurance information online before the appointment, which I find very convenient. Overall had a great experience and would recommend Dr. Akhavan.
He's so great, really comforting, and good bedside manner.
Dr. Akhavan was terrific!! His quality of service was superb!! I highly recommend him
Very nice staff, very nice doctor, beautiful office. I felt like he took his time to talk to me and explain his diagnosis and treatment plan. Would definitely recommend.
The office is located in a great location - accessible to many subway lines. I felt very comfortable with the staff immediately, and Dr. Akhavan answered all of my questions, and was not trying to push any products. I was in and out of the office in less than 30 minutes for my consultation. I would recommend him to anyone!
Attractive offices, attractive personnel, very pleasant and caring. Dr. Akhaven's manner and professionalism is outstanding.
very nice new offices
The clinic is spotless and seems to be fully digitized.
So helpful -was patient and explained everything thoroughly. Office is also really nice and welcoming (better than any I've been to)!
Dr. Akhavan was professional, informative and helpful. Offices were very clean and modern. Staff was welcoming and timely.
Being in and out. Not having to wait! Getting good service
I have been coming to Dr. Akhavan for years. He is always very efficient & professional. The new office is also pretty swank. It has a nice decor with friendly / smiling faces out front to welcome you. You do not feel like you are in a doctor's office. Way to go on the office move and I'd highly recommend him to anyone in need of his services.
Great bedside manner, very thorough and did not rush. The staff was polite and attentive. Wonderful experience.
Comfortable and nice office
My visit was really great. The appointment started promptly, the staff was friendly and helpful, and Dr. Akhavan was thorough. His office also followed up quickly. Overall, a very good experience.
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. He went beyond giving me, "nothing to worry about" and actually explained in some detail what he was seeing. I will be going back for my next screening. P.S. Having the option to fill out all my new patient forms online was a huge plus. I hate the endless forms most offices still hand out and make you fill out on paper.
Great all around.
Dr Akhavan was very concise and informative. Besides the slight wait in the beginning, I was in and out in less than 30 mins. Staff was very pleasant and accommodating. I would definitely go back.
GREAT...NO PROBLEMS AT ALL
The doctor was nice and understanding. The appointment was quick and easy. And there's always someone in the office to help me if I need to renew my prescription or send it to a different pharamacy.
He is kind and super down to earth. You don't feel weird talking to him about any kind of skin issue you may have, no matter or minor or strange. He is also totally honest, which is great!
very informational and I will be booking for services
Clean office, professional manner
Dr. Akhavan was great. Extremely professional, patient, and willing to answer all of my questions. I would highly recommend him.
Very pleasant experience. Doctor very knowledgable and staff was very professional (and pleasant). Highly recommend.
Just wanted a quick sale rather than caring about my skin. Do not recommend at all.
Will know in a couple of weeks by the result of the treatment.
Professional, great bedside manner, beautiful office space, nice staff, takes the time to explain everything, gives lots of samples so you can make sure the items work before you fill prescriptions, doesn't try to sell on cosmetic procedures, honest...I will definitely be going back!
I've always had excellent care w/ Dr. Akhavan and his brand new office made my latest appointment even that much better. I can recommend him highly enough.
Definitely one of the best experiences I've ever had with a dematologist. I went in for an annual skin screening, and he was extremely thorough and professional. His PA (I believe her name was Lisa) was also excellent. He noticed a skin condition I've had for years while performing the screening, and told me about a new treatment for it as well. All in all, excellent experience, and I will absolutely visit him again.
Overall was excellant. I would suggest that you bring the printer to the wall behind the reception/billing desk so that your office people don't have to keep jumping up and running to the back office. An entire day of that, will be very annoying.
It was my second time going to Dr. Arash Akhavan and he is AWESOME!
Great doctor and presented several options for my skincare (that ranged in effectiveness and price). In the end, he recommended the best option for my needs!
Great experience. Office is very efficient.
Extremely professional and very thorough.
Dr. Akhavan is wonderful! Very patient and thorough, with an exceptional "bedside" manner. He considers my questions carefully and I trust his advice. The office & assistants are pleasant and efficient. Always a lovely experience.
Dr Akhavan is very professional, knowledgeable, calm, reassuring and gentle.
Dr Akhavan was very kind and patiently answered and explained all of my questions and concerns.
The doctor was great, his office staff was not as great. Office policy is to collect co-pay before you see anyone, which I wasn't aware of and did not appreciate. The "cashier" gave me attitude when I questioned the policy. Walking back to the exam room looked like walking through a mental hospital or science lab- very clinical. Dr. Akhavan was fantastic and really has great bedside manners!
The reviews were correct - he's super. professional. answers questions thoroughly. not in a rush. good bedside manner.
Always a pleasure.
I think he needs to do a little more training on administering filler. It was ridiculously painful compared to many subsequent visits with a different doctor. Nice though.
Very informative and fast.
Great bedside manner and easy to talk to.
This office is not used to self pay clients and insisted on creating mounds of paperwork as opposed to just letting me pay......very strange.
very professional, I would recommend him to anybody
Extremely knowledgeable and professional, but a bit aloof. If you're the type of person that just wants facts and unbiased answers to medical questions, then Dr. Akhavan is the one for you. He's super smart and I never once doubted his knowledge. I just want someone who is more genial/personable.
Great dermatologist. Had moved to NYC and had a few poor or mediocre experiences before finding a derm I really enjoyed! Very effective treatment prescribed, friendly office, good stuff!
Best Dr. I've ever had!
he is a great knowledgable doctor who likes to explain the situationand gives u options to choose from
Dr. Akhavan is incredible, and easily the best, most thoughtful dermatologist I've visited.
First time visit, in and out in less than 45 minutes. The young lady at the front desk who attended me was very nice. Dr. Akhavan was also nice and professional, he gave me several options but opted to start with the most practical which I really liked.
Fast, caring, sincere, and smart. Really everything you'd look for in a doctor.
The office is in a residential building, so it seems at first like you are about to walk into someones apartment, but once you're in its definitely a doctors office. I was seen pretty much as soon as I had filled in the paperwork and paid. Dr. Akhavan and his nurses were very friendly. I at first got the impression from the literature that maybe they did more cosmetic procedures than basic dermatology, but once I spoke with the doctor I felt very comfortable that this was not the case. He seemed very knowledgable and no one made me feel they were trying to pressure me in any way. I would definitely recommend this office/doctor.
My visit today was very convenient, the waiting area is very nice and Dr. Akhavan is great. I will definitely return.
Excellent doctor. Very knowledgeable and professional.
Great experience, didn't wait long at all - very professional, helpful and didn't seem rushed or anything.
Very easy-going, great listener and shows that he really cares.
Dr. Arash Akhavan is very professional, pleasant, and helpful. Moreover, his office is very clean and attractive, and everyone who works there is very friendly.
he is very good straight to the point ...answered clearly questions
He was a great doctor and he knows what he is talking about and is very helpful in answering questions and very to the point.
Very Thorough and really nice staff.
Always a pleasure!
Efficient but attentive as usual - I feel very confident in his suggestions and the care I recieve in the office.
Not only a good doctor, but a good human being. Listens to the patient, and explains clearly.
Dr. Akhavan was extremely patient and attentive. He took his time examining me thoroughly, answered all of my questions, and repeated instructions on how to use the medication he prescribed to me when I asked him to.
He was very professional and empathic and really knowledgeable. He took time to explain things properly.
He was so helpful and took his time to answer my questions even though it seemed like a busy day. Easygoing but very professional, a good and empathetic listener. I am very very happy to have found Dr. Akhavan!
Excellent visit as always! Dr. Ahkavan is very knowledgeable and professional.
Doctor is very thorough about explaining the problem and pleasant to talk to.
Dr Akhavan was thorough and very professional. I didn't wait long and I was very pleased with the appointment and his advice.
Absolutely a wonderful, soft spoken, caring doctor. I have been going to him for the past 18 months or so for laser work on my face. His nurse Gracie is another person in the office that I look forward to being there when I visit. Highly professional, listen well, attentive to the end. Now my daughter visits Dr.Akhavan and is most pleased with him! I do have an issue with the front desk where people tend to be a little careless in taking messages for appointments etc,
Dr. Akhavan understood that I'm extremely sensitive to a lot of astringent topical applications. This translates to: I can't use chemical heavy stuff! So- he decided to go with a more natural approach with my prescriptions. I didn't think doctors did that these days, what a rare fella! Thanks a bunch.
He was a pleasure to work with, very knowledgable and made me feel very comfortable.
Dr. Akhavan was pleasant and he didn't keep me waiting more than 10 minutes, but he also seemed to zoom in and out of the office before I even noticed he was there. He looked at my face up close for MAYBE 30 seconds,then he had his assistant write my prescriptions. I guess I should have paid attention to the fact that he has 15 minute intervals for appointments. Overall,he seemed to be okay, I just wish I didn't feel so rushed.
He was very informative and took the time to explain the treatment approach and answer my questions about hair loss. I didn't feel like he was rushing me out to get to his next patient, which is pretty typical these days.
Good contact. Open, easy to talk to.
dr listens and treats each patient as a person. very good md! highly recommended
Probably the best dermatologist I have come across in the past 10 years here in NYC. Dr. Akhavan is very knowledgable, patient and very informative. I high recommend his services.
I went for an emergency session as I have a business trip coming and a huge pimple on my cheek. For me availability was key, but I read several reviews and Dr. Akhavan seemed good. He was very personable, gave a lot of advise, gave me some samples of a cream to try and then did what i had come for, inject Cortison into 3 cysts. The only negative I have to mention is the grumpy receptionist. I was already distressed, i did not need anybody make me feel like a non person. For heavens sake, smile! It won't mess up your hair....
Highly recommended! Dr. Akhavan is professional, knowledgable, and was great with me from a patient's perspective.
Dr. Akhavan is exceedingly friendly, reassuring and seems very knowledgeable.
My visit was very satisfactory.
Dr. Akhavan was friendly, helpful, and seemed to really know his stuff.
I do not usually write this things but he's just excellent!
Great doctor. Nice, clean office. Nice nurse.
He made me feel very comfortable and was very informative. I will recommend him to my friends.
Dr. Akhavan was great. He took his time, truly listened, and gave thoughtful suggestions and responses. He both put my mind at ease and made me feel comfortable while in the office. I was also seen right away.
This is my second time to see Dr. Akhavan. Excellent both times!!!
My second visit with him. Great again!
I've seen him 3 times in the past, and he's good at what he does. Visits usually are much longer than my visit today. I went for a mole screening, but it was about 5 minutes long. Last time it was a bit longer, but no biggie. I have a feeling that he was rushing because the person who was scheduled before me was running late, and got there when I got there. He has great bedside manner though, which is hard to come by these days. One thing that I do think needs to be worked on is the front desk. They are very curt, not friendly at all really. You could be standing there at the window for a good 2 minutes before they acknowledge you. Maybe they need to hire another person to lighten the load?
Fast, very professional and spends time walking you through your condition. Best doctor I have seen in NYC.
My first visit with Dr. Akhavan was great! I was quite nervous to find out the severity of my skin condition, and when he evaluated me he never made me feel horrible. He was warm, genuine, calm and took his time to explain his findings. The trust in his diagnosis and treatment was immediate. He answered all of my questions, and remained focused on me - not the papers in front of him, or the next patient. I truly enjoyed my visit, and look forward to my visits in the future!
For some reason zoc doc didnt work and I wasn't in the Dr's appointment book for the day. That said, they still accomodated me on-time and without any complaints. He was the best dermatologist I have seen in NYC. Did not feel rushed and took time to listen to my concerns and addressed them. Would definitely use him again in the future.
Great dr. Highly recommend him..
Great experience. Really knew what he was talking about. Took a lot of time to explain my medications to me- even showed me how to use them on his own skin!!! I really liked him and would definitely recommend him.
Dr. Akhavan was very knowledgeable and had a calm, comforting demeanor. The visit wasn't rushed and he went over all my questions. He offered sound medical treatments and not ones that would just make money. I highly recommend him!
Dr. Akhavan was very pleasant, helpful, and calming. I have been seeing dermatologists since I was a teenager and this was my best experience by far. His nurse was also very nice. Highly recommend!
This was easily the most pleasant meeting I've ever had with a doctor. He listened and asked questions, responded with thoughtful treatment options, and even has a pleasant sense of humor. As he warmed up with me, I felt more comfortable. I will see he again to pursue the treatment options he recommended. Oh, and he does cosmetic dermatology, too, so if you're interested in Botox or lasers, I highly recommend seeing Dr. Akhavan.