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We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept BlueOptions Everyday Health 1431 near West Palm Beach, FL.

Dr. Howard Allen Green, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
120 Butler Street; Suite A
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Howard Green is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Green highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Green graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Green include: South Florida Super Doctors; Boca Raton Super Doctors; and Annual Trainee Award. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Green is affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital.

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

Dr. Barry Joseph Kuttner, PhD, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1000 N Olive Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Barry Kuttner specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Kuttner's clinical interests include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Kathleen Bernadette Herne, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1840 Forest Hill Boulevard; Suite 102
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Herne works as a dermatopathologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Herne average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Dr. Supriya Tomar, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1411 N Flagler Drive; Suite 3900
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Supriya Tomar practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Tomar's clinical interests include skin issues and cosmetic skin treatment. She graduated from Rush Medical College. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BlueOptions, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

Dr. Larisa Coye Kelley, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4477 Medical Center Way; Suite A
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Larisa Kelley is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kelley attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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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.