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Ashany Sundaram, MD

Meet Dr. Ashany Sundaram

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Q&A with Ashany Sundaram

Q: Tell us about your background as a doctor.

A: I consider myself fortunate having had the opportunity to live amongst various landscapes and cultures throughout my life. Most of my childhood was split between my native country of Sri Lanka and Southern California. I finished an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of California Irvine in 2004 after which I completed my medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2010. While in residency at the Duke-SRAHEC Family Medicine Residency program from 2011-2014, I was selected to participate in the Duke University Clinical Leadership program where I participated in additional coarse work designed to instill young physicians with invaluable skills in the design and delivery of modern healthcare.

Q: Why did you choose to become a doctor?

A: Truthfully speaking, all my life I was groomed to take the steps necessary to become a doctor. I didn’t quite have the ownership I wanted until I started interacting with patients during clinical rotations. I knew this was the right path for me because, when it comes down to it, this career is the best way for me to serve humanity. It is a privilege and a challenge that I now proudly embrace despite the ever-changing demands and evolving delivery of healthcare. Each day I strive to empower people in my community by providing them with the knowledge, guidance and support they need to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?

A: As a family physician I enjoy seeing patients at all ages and stages of life. I like to utilize evidenced based medicine, combined with insightful cultural awareness, to customize a practical application of preventative measures to optimize the unique needs of every individual within a family.

Q: What unique skills do you possess?

A: Innately, my listening and communication skills are invaluable to me. These skills allow me to give my patients the care and concern everyone deserves. Otherwise, having been trained at an unopposed residency program (which means there were no other medical residents in training to share the work load within that town) in North Carolina, near a busy military base, I learned a lot of hands on valuable skills. This versatility allows me to provide medical services to a variety of patients within a primary or urgent care setting. In addition to preventative care I work closely with my patients to outline an effective plan of care to treat, control and monitor common diagnoses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, cholesterol and mood disorders.

Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?

A: As I mentioned before, it is both a privilege and a challenge being a primary care physician in today’s healthcare. My patients have 100% of my energy when I am at work and I strive to approach every patient interaction with positivity. I prioritize open communication and dedication to mutually agreed upon treatment plans as essential components to achieving health care goals.

Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

A: Hands down, I pride myself in my ability to juggle and balance all the important roles that I play in life as an immigrant ethnic female physician. I feel like a boss knowing that I give my all to be a good mother, wife, physician, friend, sister, daughter, etc. I am by no means perfect, but, I have grown so much through my journey and have found such a balance that is priceless.

Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?

A: The delivery of primary care is ever changing and comes with demands that are outside of the science and art of healing. Providers of my time are also expected to skillfully navigate through electronic medical records, capture meaningful health information to document preventative measures and counseling efforts, learn appropriate billing and shoulder the responsible distribution of potentially harmful medications. Learning to say “no” to my patients for their own safety and benefit was a challenging skill to acquire but I believe it is a part of my responsibility as a modern-day physician.

Q: If you couldn’t be a doctor, what would you be doing?

A: I would probably explore my creative side and involve myself in photography, wedding cake making or event and home décor.

Q: What makes working at Care Station special?

A: Care Station provides our communities with the opportunity to seek care within a uniform setting whether it be for urgent needs, preventative measures, ongoing care for emerging issues or surveillance and maintenance of chronic conditions. This model of care is exceptional and convenient for busy families. I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this team.

Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?

A: Care Station is the type of practice I would take my own family to because of the ease of access, extended hours, availability for preset and last-minute appointments and hands on care for minor injuries as well as chronic conditions provided by skillful providers. My husband and I both work in demanding full-time careers which we balance with our roles as parents. We empathize with many of our patients, knowing how challenging it can be to care for yourself or a sick family member while also working. I hope to ease some of that stress and navigate my patients through a seamless experience when they walk through the Care Station doors.

Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.

A: I am a wildly happy and confident individual. I love to laugh and be surrounded by my dearest friends and family. Over the years I’ve learned to love life for the simple things. There is beauty in both the bad and good moments in our lives and all these experiences help to shape us. My husband and daughter are my world. I value humility, loyalty, generosity and hard work. These are the pillars by which I balance my life with.

Q: How do you like to spend your free time?

A: In my spare time I enjoy watching movies in various languages, photography, running outdoors, cooking, art projects with my little munchkin, and traveling with my family experiencing new cultures and cuisines.