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We found 6 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Tufts Health Plan near Wellesley, MA.

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

Dr. Rebecca O'Sullivan-Hunnewell sees patients in Wellesley Hills, MA. Her medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her clinical interests include skin cancer. Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Sullivan-Hunnewell accepts. Before performing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Columbia University, Dr. O'Sullivan-Hunnewell attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Fellow Of The American Academy Of Dermatology; Fellow Of The American College Of Micrographic; and Surgery And Cutaneous Oncology. Dr. O'Sullivan-Hunnewell speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. O'Sullivan-Hunnewell welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Skin Issues, Skin Cancer

Dr. Helen A Raynham, PhD, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
49 Walnut Street; Building 4
Wellesley Hills, MA
 

Dr. Helen Raynham is a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Chelmsford, MA, Natick, MA, and Wellesley Hills, MA. The average patient rating for Dr. Raynham is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Raynham's clinical interests: mohs surgery and skin of color. She accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Raynham obtained her medical school training at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and Oxford University Medical School and performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center. Her distinctions include: D.Phil. Oxford University England and Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 1991-4.. Her hospital/clinic 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, Skin of Color

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

Dr. Christine Hayes' area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Hayes graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna. She has received distinctions including 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 is open to 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's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Litani (or staff) speaks Hebrew. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. In Dr. Litani's practice, she is particularly interested in nail surgery, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. She is affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, Dr. Litani performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha society. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment

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

Dr. Gary Mendese's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He trained at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mendese include skin issues and laser treatment. Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mendese honors. In addition to English, Dr. Mendese (or staff) speaks French and Italian. Dr. Mendese's hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Laser Treatment, Skin Issues

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

Dr. Steven Smith is a mohs skin cancer surgeon. Patients rated Dr. Smith highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Norwood Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is in-network for Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Smith graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Smith (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Mandarin.

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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.