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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
23961 Magdalena; #520
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Michelle Algarin's medical specialty is dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Algarin accepts. Dr. Algarin studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Algarin is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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Dr. Lorrie Jan Klein, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
30201 Golden Lantern; Suite B
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Lorrie Klein practices dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery in Laguna Niguel, CA. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klein takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Dr. Gary Cheukman Lee, PhD, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4980 Barranca Parkway; #202
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Gary Lee is a mohs skin cancer surgeon. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Lenore Mary Sikorski, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
25500 Rancho Niguel Road; Suite 290
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Lenore Sikorski practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Sikorski a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sikorski honors. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1572 Skyline Drive
Laguna Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mamad Bagheri's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Bagheri an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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Dr. James S Waldman, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 506
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. James Waldman practices MOHS-micrographic surgery in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Waldman is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Waldman include moles, acne, and rashes. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Waldman attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Moles, Skin Cancer, Acne, Mohs Surgery, Rashes

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
26732 Crown Valley Parkway; Suite 445
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Brian Toy is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Toy accepts Health Net and Medicare insurance. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is affiliated with CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
29833 Santa Margarita Parkway; 100
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
 

Dr. James Wang is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatological immunologist, and dermatopathologist in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Dr. Wang's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
26730 Crown Valley Parkway; Suite 250
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Moul is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Moul studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
26342 Oso Parkway; Suite 204
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Ronnie Dawood is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dawood is an in-network provider for Health Net insurance. He studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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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.