We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Tufts Health Plan near Wellesley, MA.

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Dr. Carin Litani, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
65 Walnut Street; Suite 480
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Carin Litani sees patients in Wellesley Hills, MA. Her medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: xeomin injection, rosacea, and dermabrasion. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Litani honors. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, Dr. Litani performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha society. Dr. Litani offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Helen A Raynham, PhD, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
154 East Central Street; 3rd Floor
Natick, MA
 

Dr. Helen Raynham practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In her practice, Dr. Raynham focuses on mohs surgery. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Neighborhood Health Plan, and Cigna. Dr. Raynham is accepting new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. She completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Raynham has received professional recognition including the following: Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 1991-4 and D.Phil. Oxford University England.

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Clinical interests: Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery

Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
332 Washington Street; Suite 355
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Steven Smith specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare. After attending Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Smith completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Smith (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Norwood Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton (BID - Milton), and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Smith's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Christine Marie Hayes, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
154 East Central Street; 3rd Floor
Natick, MA
 

Dr. Christine Hayes is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hayes is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Hayes completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Hayes is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, Aetna, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Gary Wayne Mendese, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1 Washington Street; Suite 401
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Gary Mendese, who practices in Stoneham, MA, Boston, MA, and Wellesley Hills, MA, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is affiliated with Winchester Hospital (Winchester, MA), Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) (Lawrence, KS), and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Cigna, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mendese is open to new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Mendese's training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center.

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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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