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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042


Suraj S Venna, MD

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Suraj Venna, MD


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Clinical Interest

Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Melanoma, Moles, Skin Cancer

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About Suraj Venna, MD

Dr. Suraj Venna is a board-certified dermatologist and Medical Director of the Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center. He practices at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA, and is fellowship trained in melanoma and cutaneous oncology. He is actively involved in medical student and resident education and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. 

Prior to his position at Inova, Dr. Venna was the founding Medical Director of the Melanoma Program at the Washington Cancer Institute in Washington, DC. The melanoma team was the recipient of the President's Patients First Award, given for outstanding delivery and coordination of care. He was faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he taught medical students and trained residents in dermatology and was Fellowship Director for the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program. 

Dr. Venna's career in academic medicine began at Boston University and then to the University of California, San Francisco at the Mt. Zion Cancer Center, Melanoma Program, where he served as Director of the Pigmented Lesions Clinic. He is actively engaged with dermatologists both on a local and national level. 

Dr. Venna was on the Executive Committee of the Washington DC Dermatological Society and is also past President of the Society. On a national level, Dr. Venna has served the American Academy of Dermatology on the State Policy Committee and continues to serve on the Pigmented Lesions Subcommittee and was also on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Melanoma Education Committee. In 2019, he received the Melanoma Research Foundation Humanitarian Award. 


  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Pochi Award for Excellence in Dermatology, Boston University, 2001
  • AOA Medical Honor Society, 2005
  • National Institutes of Health Ruth Kirchstein Research Service Award, 2005
  • American Skin Association, Melanoma Research Award, 2005
  • Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco, 2009
  • American Academy of Dermatology Presidential Citation Award, 2011
  • Melanoma and Skin Cancer Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2012-2015
  • Melanoma Research Foundation, Humanitarian Award, 2019
  • Top Doctors, Washingtonian, 2015-2022
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine, 2018-2020

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Medical Education

Boston University School of Medicine 2001


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Training Specialty: Preliminary Internal Medicine
6/20/2001 - 6/30/2002


Boston University Medical Center
Training Specialty: Dermatology
7/1/2002 - 6/30/2005


Boston University Medical Center
Training Specialty: Research Fellow
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006
University of California San Francisco
Training Specialty: Dermatology
7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007

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