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We found 8 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Lubbock, TX.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6104 Avenue Q South Drive
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Russell Akin is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Akin include academic dermatology, nail issues, and psoriasis. Dr. Akin is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Akin has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Nail Issues, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3601 Fourth Street; Stop 9400
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Michael Wells practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Wells has a special interest in academic dermatology, nail surgery, and cosmetic skin treatment. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Academic Dermatology

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2202 Ithaca
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Brent Paulger specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Paulger's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Paulger focuses on nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Paulger has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2202 Ithaca Avenue
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Keith Wisniewski is a dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Lubbock, TX. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Wisniewski's clinical interests encompass psoriasis and skin cancer. He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

Dr. Justin Wayne Clark, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3601 22nd Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Justin Clark is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and mohs skin cancer surgeon. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Clark's clinical interests encompass psoriasis and cosmetic skin treatment. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3413 20th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Robert Bloom's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in tropical skin diseases. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Bloom is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Tropical Skin Diseases

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery, Pathology
3615 19th Street; Pathology Department
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Brackeen is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery and pathology. He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Brackeen accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6104 Avenue Q South Drive
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Ikue Shimizu is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System. Dr. Shimizu attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shimizu takes.

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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.