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We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Healthfirst near Fresh Meadows, NY.

Dr. Joshua L Fox, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
188 Street; 58-47
Fresh Meadows, NY

Dr. Joshua Fox is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Fox is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: hair problems, rosacea, and dermabrasion. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Fox attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Fox (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Huntington Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Chemical Peels, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Shaoul Applebaum, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Advanced Dermatology; 58-47 188th Street
Fresh Meadows, NY

Dr. Jason Applebaum's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery; he sees patients in Fresh Meadows, NY, Albertson, NY, and New York, NY. Dr. Applebaum (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Yiddish. His clinical interests include academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. Dr. Applebaum's professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Applebaum's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Elderplan, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Michael Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
110-45 Queens Boulevard; Suite 116
Forest Hills, NY

Dr. Michael Shapiro is a physician who specializes in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Shapiro highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of hair problems, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shapiro trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shapiro (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

Dr. Aza Lefkowitz, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
18815 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows, NY

Dr. Aza Lefkowitz practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Lefkowitz (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Yiddish. He is affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, POMCO, and Humana ChoiceCare Network.

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Specializes in Other, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8441 149th Avenue
Howard Beach, NY

Dr. Richard Berry specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Brooklyn, NY and Howard Beach, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Berry average 1.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Berry include skin issues. Dr. Berry accepts Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Elderplan, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Berry (or staff) speaks Spanish, Yiddish, and Russian.

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Clinical interests: Skin Issues

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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.