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"Mohs surgery has become the standard of care for treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas on the face and other sensitive areas of the body. The ability to achieve higher cure rates while removing a smaller amount of normal tissue is a powerful technique that has led to significant improvements in the quality of patient care."
"Since the 1980s, the most successful procedure for removing nonmelanoma skin cancers has been Mohs Micrographic Surgery. The goal is to completely eradicate and remove nonmelanoma skin cancers, while at the same time, minimizing the amount of normal tissue that must be sacrificed."
"Annual skin self-examinations are recommended for most individuals, but more frequent checks should be done if you have a history of skin cancer. Coupled with a yearly skin exam by a doctor, self-examination of your skin once a month is the best way to detect the early warning signs of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma, the three main types of skin cancer."
Mohs Surgeons are dermatologists who have gained additional training in Mohs Surgery. Mohs Surgery focuses on the excision of skin cancers using a tissue-sparing technique that allows assessment of the tumor and its removal during the procedure.
View the Mohs Surgery animation to learn more about how this procedure is performed.
Five-year cure rates have been demonstrated up to 99 percent for first-treatment cancers and 95 percent for recurring cancers.
Mohs surgery involves the systematic removal and microscopic analysis of thin layers of tissue at the tumor site until the last traces of the cancer have been eliminated. The immediate and complete microscopic examination and evaluation of excised tissue is what differentiates Mohs surgery from other skin cancer removal procedures. Cancerous tissue is removed with minimal normal tissue sacrifice, minimizing both post-operative wound size and the chance of recurrence.
Mohs surgery is most commonly used for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Cancers that have recurred are often treated using this technique because the precision of Mohs surgery is ideal for the elimination of cancers in cosmetically and functionally critical areas such as on the head, neck, hands, and feet.
Mohs surgeons undergo additional training in surgery, pathology, and reconstructive surgery to provide the best possible cosmetic outcome and the highest quality of treatment for your skin cancer.
Andrew Jaffe, M.D. is a member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, The American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and The Collier County Medical Society. Dr. Jaffe is the founder and visionary behind Riverchase Dermatology. His goal was to have a facility where patients could obtain high level, cutting edge care for all of their dermatologic and cosmetic concerns by well trained and caring providers. He has lectured at major conferences and has published numerous articles in leading Dermatology journals. He has also authored many book chapters relating to the field of Dermatology.Naples, Fort Myers, and Marco Island, Florida.
Daniel Siegel, M.D. is a board certified New York dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who has been practicing Mohs surgery since completing his Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1986. He currently is member of the Board of Directors of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American College of Mohs Surgery.Smithtown, New York.
Andrew Kontos, M.D. is board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology. He is also certified by the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. Dr. Kontos is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Kontos completed fellowships in Clinical Research, Phototherapy, and Epidermolysis Bullosa within the Henry Ford Health System. Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Marco Island, Florida.
Thomas Rohrer, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon in the greater Boston area. Dr. Rohrer is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Rohrer was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Christine Brown, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery, the gold standard for treatment of skin cancer. Trained by nationally renowned dermatologist John Zitelli, M.D., Dr. Brown is among the top in her field. After completing a highly prestigious fellowship with ZItelli, Dr. Brown was voted one of the "Top Doctors in America." Since the founding of her practice at Baylor University Medical Center, she has performed more than 20,000 Mohs and reconstructive procedures. In addition to her extensive expertise treating skin cancer, Dr. Brown offers state-of-the-art care of sun-damaged and aging skin, including Lumenis One IPL and laser-based treatments.
Frank C. Saporito, M.D. is Board certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology, the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, and the Wisconsin State Board of Medical Examiners. He is also a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Dr. Saporito's research interests are nonmelanoma cutaneous oncology, melanoma, and cutaneous oncological surgery. He completed a fellowship in Mohs surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison. Dr. Saporito currently practices in Dallas, Texas.
Karen Kim, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon in the greater Boston area. After her residency, Dr. Kim completed a Mohs and laser surgery fellowship at the renowned Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York in Manhattan. Dr. Kim is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Robert Strimling, M.D. is a Las Vegas dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who received his medical degree from University of Miami, School of Medicine. He performed his residency at the Barnes Jewish Hospital and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Strimling is a fellow of the American Board of Dermatology. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Edward Yob, D.O. is an Oklahoma dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. Dr. Yob is a past president of both the American Society for Mohs Surgery and the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. He has lectured throughout the nation on skin cancer and Mohs Surgery. Dr. Yob is a member of the core faculty of the Annual Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery. For the last 5 years, he has served as the Program Director of the Annual Clinical Symposium, 'Focus on Skin Cancer,' sponsored by the American Society for Mohs Surgery, a national education conference focusing on the treatment of skin cancer as well as reconstruction of post-surgical defects. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
James Barlow, M.D. is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who is Board-certified in dermatology. He is a Member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology (ACMMSCO), fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and member of the Phoenix Dermatologic Society. Dr. Barlow has Hospital Staff privileges at Arrowhead Community Hospital. Peoria, Sun City West, and Goodyear, Arizona.
Ashish C. Bhatia, M.D., F.A.A.D. is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who has published extensively through medical journals and textbooks, and lectures nationally and internationally. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Bhatia's memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American College of Mohs Surgery. His expertise includes face and body aesthetic surgery, skin cancer therapy, Mohs micrographic surgery, laser surgery, and skin resurfacing procedures, as well as advanced techniques in liposuction, leg vein treatments, Botox, collagen, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Sculptra and Radiesse. Naperville, Illinois.
Garin Barth, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic laser surgery. In 1994, he attained board certification as a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and was elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Barth is also a member of the American Society for Mohs Surgery, the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, the Georgia Society of Dermatologists, and the Atlanta Dermatological Society. LaGrange, Georgia.
Anthony Benedetto, D.O. was the first physician in Pennsylvania to practice Mohs surgery for skin cancer. He completed his surgical training at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Both of his surgery centers in Center City and Drexel Hill are certified not only by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (MMS), but also are accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Aleksander Krunic, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist with outstanding skills in both clinical dermatology and dermatologic surgery. He completed his Mohs surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Krunic is currently Assistant Professor of Dermatology at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Krunic was previously the Mohs surgeon at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Krunic also has a PhD in skin oncology and has authored numerous papers in major medical journals. He is a highly respected dermatologic surgeon, he was chosen as one of the elite faculty for the dermatologic surgery course presented at the 2003 annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Northbrook, Illinois.
Ken Gross, M.D. is a Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology since 1977. Dr. Gross is co-author of a textbook on Mohs surgery: "Fundamentals and Techniques of Mohs Surgery" by Mosby Publishers, 1999, now in its second printing. Dr. Gross's second textbook: "Mohs Surgery and Histopathology--Beyond the Fundamentals" by Cambridge University Press was published in 2009. San Diego, California.
Steven Proper, M.D., JD, MPH, CHRM has been practicing Dermatologic, Mohs, and Cutaneous Cosmetic Surgery in the Tampa Bay Area for twenty-five years. He completed a one-year Specialty Fellowship in Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer at Baylor University. Dr. Proper is Board Certified by the American Boards of Dermatology, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Proper is fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. Dr. Proper also has a Master of Public Health Degree in Management and Finance and is a Certified Healthcare Risk Manager. He has been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Legal Medicine and holds an appointment as Affiliate Associate Professor in Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of South Florida. He is a member of many scientific and medical societies and has published over 20 peer-review journal articles. Tampa, Florida.
Ronald Wheeland, M.D. is a dermatologist who specializes in Mohs cutaneous micrographic surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Wheeland is board certified in dermatology, dermatopathology and laser surgery. Columbia, Missouri.