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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' specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Hayes's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna. Her distinctions include: Excellence In Teaching Award From The University; Of Iowa Residents; and Added Specialty In Dermatologic Surgery. She is accepting new patients.

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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 practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her clinical interests include mohs surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. Before performing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center, Dr. Raynham attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Raynham takes several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna. She has received the following distinctions: D.Phil. Oxford University England and Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 1991-4.. Her 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 is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Smith's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center, Dr. Smith attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Norwood Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He welcomes 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 and Wellesley Hills, MA, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Mendese is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. He is affiliated with Winchester Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Dr. Mendese 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 and practices in Wellesley Hills, MA. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, Dr. Litani performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha society. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She 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.