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

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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. Dr. Hayes's professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hayes include: Excellence In Teaching Award From The University; Of Iowa Residents; and Added Specialty In Dermatologic Surgery.

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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's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Raynham's clinical interests encompass mohs surgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna. Dr. Raynham attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Raynham include: D.Phil. Oxford University England and Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 1991-4.. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery

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's clinical interests include rosacea, dermabrasion, and acne. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha society. Dr. Litani offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Steven Smith's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Smith is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Smith completed residency programs at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Smith (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Mandarin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Norwood Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He 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 is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. He attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mendese's professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. His practice is open to 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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