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

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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 works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon. She has a special interest in mohs surgery. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Raynham accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Raynham include: Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 1991-4 and D.Phil. Oxford University England. Her professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery

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

Dr. Steven Smith is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Wellesley Hills, MA and West Roxbury, MA. Dr. Smith (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Mandarin. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Norwood Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton (BID - Milton), and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Christine Hayes is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hayes takes. Dr. Hayes speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Carin Litani specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her clinical interests include rosacea, dermabrasion, and acne. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, and more. Dr. Litani attended Albany Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha society. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Litani is professionally affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Gary Mendese, who practices in Stoneham, MA, Boston, MA, and Wellesley Hills, MA, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. His professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) (Lawrence, KS), and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Dr. Mendese is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. He takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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.
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