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We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Tufts Health Plan near Wellesley, MA.

Dr. Christine Marie Hayes, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
49 Walnut Park; #4
Wellesley, MA

Dr. Christine Hayes works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Chelmsford, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. Dr. Hayes graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She honors Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hayes has received the following distinctions: Excellence In Teaching Award From The University; Of Iowa Residents; and Added Specialty In Dermatologic Surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Helen A Raynham, PhD, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
154 East Central Street; 3rd Floor
Natick, MA

Dr. Helen Raynham specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Chelmsford, MA and Natick, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raynham include mohs surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Raynham is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna. She attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Raynham include: D.Phil. Oxford University England and Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 1991-4.. Her professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Raynham's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
332 Washington Street; Suite 355
Wellesley, MA

Dr. Steven Smith's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Smith attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Norwood Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Smith is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Carin Litani, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
65 Walnut Street; Suite 480
Wellesley, MA

Dr. Carin Litani is a mohs skin cancer surgeon. Dr. Litani offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Litani takes. She has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha society. She has an open panel.

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Dr. Gary Wayne Mendese, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1 Washington Street; Suite 401
Wellesley, MA

Dr. Gary Mendese's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Winchester Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Mendese trained at Boston Medical Center for his residency. Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mendese accepts. Dr. Mendese has an open panel.

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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.