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We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Boston, MA.

Dr. Victor Allen Neel, PhD, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
50 Staniford Street; Suite 270
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Victor Neel works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, minimally invasive procedures, and cosmetic surgery. He is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Neel is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Neel completed his residency training at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Neel has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors and NIH Mstp Fellowship. In addition to English, Dr. Neel (or staff) speaks Arabic, Bosnian, and French.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, Academic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
50 Staniford Street; 2nd Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jessica Fewkes practices MOHS-micrographic surgery in Boston, MA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Fewkes's practice, she is particularly interested in wounds, mohs surgery, and skin cancer. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fewkes graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Other Specialty:dermatologic Surgery; and National Board Of Directors, Acmmsco. Dr. Fewkes (or staff) speaks French. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Wounds, Skin Cancer, Mohs Surgery, Skin Issues, Aging

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
50 Staniford Street; Suite 270
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Maryam Asgari is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Asgari include basal cell carcinoma, minimally invasive procedures, and cosmetic surgery. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Asgari takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Cosmetic Surgery, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Skin Cancer, Mohs Surgery, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
50 Staniford Street; 2nd Floor
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Molly Yancovitz's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yancovitz include skin cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Yancovitz average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Yancovitz is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. Dr. Yancovitz is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
50 Staniford Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Zeina Tannous specializes in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Boston, MA. In addition to English, Dr. Tannous (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Tannous has a special interest in skin issues, cosmetic skin treatment, and cosmetic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Tannous takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.