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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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Virginia's Best in Medicine
Chief Gene Saunders Project Lifesaver
The American Health Council has welcomed Chief Gene Saunders as " Best in Healthcare" in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the non-profit sector in founding the non-profit organization Project Lifesaver.
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Ronnie Mease, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of her outstanding dedication in the fields of Organic Chemistry and Radiology.
After receiving his Bachelors & Masters Degrees from Boston University, Dr. Shervin Naderi proceeded to pursue his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania – Hahnemann University School of Medicine. Dr. Naderi continued to complete his General Surgery Internship followed by a vigorous surgical residency in the field of Head & Neck Surgery.
Dr. Emilio Canal, Jr. DDS is a dentist at Dental Group at Reston Station. Dr. Canal has spent the past 26 years in the healthcare industry. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1990.
Dr. Kristina Manion treats up to 21 patients daily, reviews laboratory results, performs phone assessments and supervises three advanced registered nurse practitioners. Since entering the healthcare industry over 12 years ago, Dr. Manion has expanded her skills and knowledge in osteopathic manipulation therapy, patient care and medicine.
Dr. Appel maintains an active schedule as she currently serves as both director of the Transport Program and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. While she has held the latter role for 20 years, Dr. Appel has spent the last 24 years gaining expertise in pediatric critical care medicine, pediatric sedation, pediatric transport and education.
Dr. Shadi Ayyas, MD is a Medical Director and Internist for the Department of Justice, specializing in internal general medicine for over 18 years.
With 24 years in the healthcare industry, which includes the 20 years in his current role, Dr. Robert Sikora provides exceptional knowledge and expertise in Food Allergies, Immunology, Allergies, Patient Care and Medicine.
Initially, Dr. David Lasseter chose to pursue a career as a physician after being inspired by his biology teacher, who was a physician, during his undergraduate years. This led him pursue studies for his MD, which he achieved in 1985 from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In addition to this, he completed a fellowship specializing in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the National Capital Consortium and a residency at the Mount Carmel Medical Center specializing in internal medicine.
Preeti Rana, MD
Preeti Rana, MD, PC in Arlington, Va. Dr. Rana and her husband, Dr. Irmindra Rana founded their practice more than a decade ago and have provided high-quality care since. Specializing in general medicine, obesity, diabetes, thyroid disorders, asthma, arthritis and depression.
Board Certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Jorandby utilizes her decade of expertise in the field of Medicine in her role as an Addiction Psychiatrist at Amen Clinic.

Shadi Ayyas, MD

Medical Director Internist

David Lasseter MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU

Bayview Physicians

Gelareh Naenifard, DC

Pain and Rehab Center

Preeti Rana, ABIM/ NBPAS

Preeti Rana MD PC

Shahriar Shahzeidi, MD

Medical Director
Grand Health Institute

Robert Sikora, MD


Jacqueline Yuille, MS

Physician Assistant
Unity Healthcare Inc