We found 7 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana Silver near Peoria, AZ.

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Dr. Anthony John Petelin, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
18699 N 67th Avenue; Suite 20
Glendale, AZ
 

Dr. Anthony Petelin is a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ, Gilbert, AZ, and Chandler, AZ. Clinical interests for Dr. Petelin include facial problems, rosacea, and dermabrasion. He is affiliated with Banner Health. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Petelin's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Dermabrasion, Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, CO2 Laser Treatment, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9191 W. Thunderbird Road; D-101
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Vernon Mackey's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Mackey's residency was performed at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mackey honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Dr. Bryan Robert Updegraff, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1300 N 103rd Avenue; Suite 60
Sun City, AZ
 

Dr. Bryan Updegraff is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatological immunologist, and dermatopathologist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. Dr. Updegraff takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from New York Medical College. Dr. Updegraff trained at Brooke Army Medical Center for residency.

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Dr. Julio Hernandez, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6525 W Sack Drive; Suite 307
Glendale, AZ
 

Dr. Julio Hernandez is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Hernandez is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Dr. James Orson Barlow, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
13090 N. 94th Drive; Suite 101
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. James Barlow is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Barlow is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Barlow is affiliated with Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

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Dr. Deborah Ellen Zell, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
13943 N 91st Avenue; Building C101
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Deborah Zell is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Zell attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Dr. James Brian Young, DO
Specializes in Other, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
18699 N 67th Avenue; Suite 20
Glendale, AZ
 

Dr. James Young is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. He is affiliated with Banner Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Young attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Nevada School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

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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.
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