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Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3200 S. University Drive; Nova Southeastern Univ. Department of Dermatology
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Nousari is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. His clinical interests include telemedicine. He is affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Nousari is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nousari graduated from Catholic University of Cordoba Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the following distinctions: Chief resident, department of dermatology.Johns Hopkins University; Attending of the year, department of dermatology.Johns Hopkins University; and Boca Raton Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Telemedicine

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
603 N Flamingo Road; Suite 350
Pembroke Pines, FL
 

Dr. Aton Holzer is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Weston, FL and Pembroke Pines, FL. Dr. Holzer is affiliated with Memorial Hospital West. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew.

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Dr. Matthew Jared Elias, DO
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4939 Sw 33rd Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Elias is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. He works in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and 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.