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We found 4 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana HMO near Manitowoc, WI.

Dr. Sean Forrest Pattee MD, FAAD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1515 Randolph Court
Manitowoc, WI
(920) 683-5278; (920) 923-0788

Dr. Sean Pattee is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is especially interested in skin cancer. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pattee accepts. Dr. Pattee obtained his medical school training at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and performed his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. He is professionally affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County.

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Clinical interests: Medical Dermatology, Skin Cancer

Dr. Kurt Walter Grelck DO
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), MOHS-Micrographic Surgery, Pediatric Dermatology
801 York Street
Manitowoc, WI
(920) 849-2100; (920) 725-4100

Dr. Kurt Grelck is a pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Chilton, WI, Grafton, WI, and Kenosha, WI. Clinical interests for Dr. Grelck include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Grelck is affiliated with ThedaCare. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Dermatology, Birthmarks, Contact Dermatitis, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Hair Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Thomas Burnett MD, FAAD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
801 York Street
Manitowoc, WI

Dr. Christopher Burnett's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Burnett's areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Clinical interests: Academic Dermatology, Medical Dermatology, Psoriasis, Skin Cancer

Kenneth Henry Katz MD, FAAD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery, Dermatopathology
801 York Street
Manitowoc, WI
(920) 683-5278; (920) 746-4434

Dr. Kenneth Katz is a physician who specializes in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He has a special interest in skin issues and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Katz takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school, he completed his residency training at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Katz is affiliated with Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County.

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Clinical interests: Cosmetic Dermatology, Medical Dermatology


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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.