We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons near Norfolk, VA.

Dr. Lawrence Kuo Chang, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
601 Medical Tower
Norfolk, VA
 

Dr. Lawrence Chang's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Chang is professionally affiliated with Dermatology Specialists. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Chang has received the distinction of Hampton Roads Super Doctors. Dr. Chang (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Korean.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
721 Fairfax Avenue; Suite 200
Norfolk, VA
 

Dr. Bryan Carroll's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Hampton VA Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Carroll attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Carroll honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
110 Kingsley Lane; Suite 410
Norfolk, VA
 

Dr. Michael Gross is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gross honors MAMSI, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. Dr. Gross has received professional recognition including the following: clinical instructer of the year, ghent family practice residency program. Dr. Gross (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, and Bon Secours Depaul Medical Center.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
 

Dr. Bruce Feldman's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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Dr. Brian L Johnson, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
241 Corporate Boulevard; #215
Norfolk, VA
 

Dr. Brian Johnson's specialties are general practice, pediatric dermatology, and dermatological immunology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Johnson is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

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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.