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We found 6 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Blue Shield HMO near La Jolla, CA.

Dr. Hubert T Greenway Jr., MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Hubert Greenway is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Greenway include mohs surgery and skin cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Greenway attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Greenway welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Mohs Surgery, Skin Issues

Dr. Daniel Ethan Zelac, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Zelac is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zelac graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Zelac's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Seaver Lee Soon, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Seaver Soon works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in skin issues, laser surgery, and mohs surgery. Dr. Soon accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University and a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Soon attended medical school at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Soon has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Soon (or staff) speaks Mandarin and French. He is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Soon is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Laser Surgery, Mohs Surgery, Skin Issues

Dr. Alice Yu-Chung Liu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 530
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Alice Liu practices pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery in Oceanside, CA and La Jolla, CA. Her areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Liu is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Liu is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin of Color, Phototherapy

Dr. Robert S Scheinberg, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 530
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Robert Scheinberg is a mohs skin cancer surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Scheinberg include skin cancer. Dr. Scheinberg is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

Dr. Reza S Jacob, MS, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
10820 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Reza Jacob specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Jacob performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jacob include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Jacob has an open panel.

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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.