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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4200 N Armenia Avenue; Suite 2
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. George Bondar is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Bondar's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Summa Western Reserve Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Bondar attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Bondar speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Steven Al Proper, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2835 W De Leon Street; Suite 103
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Steven Proper specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Proper speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Proper include contact dermatitis, hair problems, and psoriasis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Proper's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He 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.

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

Dr. Fitzgeraldo Antonio Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
603 S Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Fitzgeraldo Sanchez is a pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology specialist in Tampa, FL, Plant City, FL, and Sarasota, FL. Dr. Sanchez (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. His areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, nail issues, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Sanchez attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Francis Alberto Caban, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4164 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Francis Caban sees patients in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Caban accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Hoka Lisa Nyanda-Manalo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4238 W Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Hoka Nyanda is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. She works in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Dr. Nyanda speaks Swahili. Clinical interests for Dr. Nyanda include academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Nyanda trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical 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.