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We found 6 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Glendale, AZ.

Dr. Bryan Robert Updegraff, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1300 N 103rd Avenue; Suite 60
Sun City, AZ
 

Dr. Bryan Updegraff is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatological immunologist, and dermatopathologist in Sun City, AZ and Sun City West, AZ. Clinical interests for Dr. Updegraff include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Updegraff is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Updegraff trained at Brooke Army Medical Center for his residency. He is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil Peter Superfon, DO
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2224 W Northern Avenue; Suite D300
Phoenix, AZ
 

Dr. Neil Superfon practices dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Superfon honors.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
14155 N 83rd Avenue; Suite 110
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Deborah Zell is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Goodyear, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Peoria, AZ. These areas are among her clinical interests: nail issues, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin cancer. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Zell attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Zell completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Zell's professional affiliations include Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

Dr. Artthapol Tanphaichitr, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
13660 N 94th Drive; Suite C-2
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Artthapol Tanphaichitr's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Tanphaichitr include cosmetic skin treatment, laser treatment, and skin cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Tanphaichitr accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Northeast Ohio Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
13090 N 94th Drive; Suite 160
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. James Barlow is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Surprise, AZ, Peoria, AZ, and Surpirise, AZ. Dr. Barlow is especially interested in nail issues, nail surgery, and cosmetic skin treatment. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Barlow's medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Clinical interests: Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9191 W Thunderbird Road; Suite D101
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Vernon Mackey specializes in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, nail issues, and phototherapy (light therapy). Dr. Mackey is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Mackey honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

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What is MOHS-Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical treatment for skin cancer that was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s. It is the most effective technique for removing the most common types of skin cancer. For the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs has a 98-99% cure rate. The remarkable thing about Mohs is that it manages to be extremely good at removing all of the cancer cells while at the same time leaving behind most of the healthy tissue, so there is a smaller wound. This makes the procedure safer, speeds up the the recovery time, and minimizes scarring.

During Mohs surgery, skin around the cancer site is mapped out and removed in thin layers. Then each layer is examined under a microscope for cancer cells, while the surgery is in progress. If cancer cells are detected, the surgery continues and another layer is removed. If the skin is clear, the surgery can be stopped. This eliminates the guesswork for surgeons. There is no need to estimate the borders or roots of the cancer and no need to remove a margin of healthy tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

Even though Mohs has a high cure rate, is safer than other treatments, and takes less tissue, not every skin cancer is treated with Mohs. First, Mohs takes quite a bit longer than traditional surgery because each layer of skin must be carefully cut, prepped, and examined. It is also more expensive and may not always be covered by insurance. In addition, for smaller or less aggressive cancers that are easier to treat, the cure rate for non-Mohs treatments is close to that of Mohs; thus, the extra time and cost of Mohs might not be justified. Other kinds of skin cancer, such as melanoma, are hard to see under a microscope. Since melanoma is so dangerous, Mohs has traditionally not been used to treat it, as there is too much risk for missed cancer cells being left behind in the body. However, recent developments in stains (which make cancer cells more visible under a microscope) may change the role of Mohs in melanoma treatment.

Mohs microsurgery has changed the way doctors treat skin cancer in the past 80 years, and it continues to gain in popularity as it increases the effectiveness and safety of skin cancer treatment.