Meet Dr. Buenaventura



Susan Kelly Buenaventura, MD, FACS



Dr. Susan Buenaventura is a board certified plastic surgeon and Medical Director of The Sendi Cosmetic Surgery Center.  She is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  She offers aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgical procedures.  Caring for breast cancer patients is one of her passions and she is an advocate for breast cancer reconstruction.   She performs surgery in her fully AAAASF (American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities) accredited office surgical suite and at INOVA Alexandria Hospital. 

Dr. Buenaventura received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from The University of Virginia followed by a Master of Science in Toxicology from The George Washington University. She received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the Medical College of Virginia.  Her general surgery residency and Chief Residency training was done at Yale University. She completed her Plastic Surgery Fellowship at The University of North Carolina. She has been in practice in Alexandria, VA (her hometown) since 1995.

Dr. Buenaventura considers it a privilege to practice the art of Plastic Surgery and LOVES her job!  She meets personally with each surgical consultation and enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them meet their aesthetic and reconstructive goals.  

On a personal note, she is married to David Sendi and has two children.  Her daughter Charlotte is 19 and a graduate of Georgetown Visitation and is now at The University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering majoring in chemical engineering. Her son Matthew is 14 and is a freshman at Bishop Ireton high school, taking advanced math and science and playing on the JV soccer team.  She enjoys spending her free time with her family and devotes volunteer time at her childrens' schools.  She loves the violin, pilates, classical music and tea.  She is proud to practice surgery at the same hospital where her father, Frank Buenaventura MD, was an anesthesiologist for 32 years.  She is honored to have practiced plastic surgery with Dr. Michael Sendi from 1995 to 2005 in Alexandria.

Top Plastic Surgeon  Northern Virginia Magazine  2010 to 2018


Board of Governors, Bishop Ireton High School

Chief of Plastic Surgery, INOVA Alexandria Hospital 2005-2017

Fellow, American College of Surgeons 

Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons,member 

The Medical Society of Virginia, Member