Mohs micrographic surgery is named in honour of, Dr Frederic Mohs, the physician who developed the basic technique in the 1950s. You may hear it called Mohs surgery, chemosurgery, microscopically controlled excision or Mohs micrographic surgery. In the years since Dr Mohs pioneered the procedure, many improvements and refinements have contributed to making this surgery a safe and highly effective means of treating skin cancers.

Every layer of tissue removed is inspected under the microscope for evidence of cancer cells. As long as cancer cells remain anywhere within the specimen, the surgeon continues to remove and examine layers of tissue until no cancer cells are present. Because each layer is examined microscopically, dermatologists can be confident that all the cancer has been eradicated and that no tumour nests have been left behind. In addition, only the cancerous tissue is removed, saving as much normal skin as possible. Studies have shown that greater than 95% of all patients treated at the Skin & Cancer Foundation by Mohs surgery are cured of cancer.

Mohs surgery is now universally recognized as a precise method for treating skin cancers of the face and other cosmetically sensitive areas, because it can eliminate all the cancer cells while causing minimal damage to the surrounding normal skin. Mohs surgery is also ideal for the removal of recurrent skin cancers; tumours that reappear after previous treatment and can plague a patient repeatedly. While skin cancers are usually visible to the patient, individual cancer cells are microscopic and any cells left behind can cause the tumour to reappear.

The tumour may spread beyond its obvious external margins, with ‘nests’ of cells growing in unpredictable areas. With the Mohs technique, all tumour nests can be identified and removed with a high degree of accuracy, so that high cure rates are possible even when the tumour is recurrent.

A dermatologist is best trained to determine when this technique should be used rather than other procedures. Many dermatologists throughout Australia have been trained in skin cancer surgery. When patients require more extensive surgery, however, they are referred to a qualified Mohs surgeon. The period of training to be a qualified Mohs surgeon is a one-year fellowship, during which the dermatologist acquires extensive experience with all aspects of the technique.

The Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia has the largest Mohs surgery centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Click on the following link to view profiles of the surgeons undertaking this technique at our day surgeries: Mohs Surgeons

 

 

Mohs Surgeons

Dr Saleem Loghdey

Dr Saleem Loghdey is a Dermatologist who moved to Australia from the UK in 2013.  He grew up in South Africa where he did his undergraduate medical training at the University of Cape Town…

Dr Tasman Lipscombe

Dr Tasman Lipscombe graduated medicine in 1990 with an MBBS from Adelaide University. After 3 years of hospital rotations as an intern and a general resident, he commenced Dermatology training. This…

Darlinghurst, NSW View details
Dr Nicholas Stewart

Dr Nicholas Stewart graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biomedicine) in 2000 and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2004, both from the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He…

Dr Howard Studniberg

Dr Howard Studniberg graduated from Sydney University and undertook his dermatology specialist training at Royal Prince Alfred, St Vincent's hospitals and the Skin & Cancer Foundation

Darlinghurst, NSW View details
Cl A/Prof Duncan Stanford

Clin A/Prof Duncan Stanford graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 with MBBS and graduated from the University of NSW in 1997 with MSc(Med).

Dr Adrian See

Dr Adrian See graduated from Medicine from Sydney University in 1996, and worked at Wollongong and Westmead Hospital before successfully passing the Australasian College of Dermatology entrance exam…

Dr Simon Lee

Dr Simon Lee is a consultant dermatologist at The Skin Hospital at both Darlinghurst and Westmead. He became a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2002 and completed the Mohs'…

Darlinghurst, NSW View details
Dr Michael Lee

Dr Lee has published in an extensive range of leading dermatological journals in Australia and internationally.

Darlinghurst, NSW View details
Dr Sam Kalouche

Dr Sam Kalouche is a Visiting Medical Officer at The Skin Hospital Westmead.

Subspecialisation: Cosmetic dermatology; Mohs

Dr Michelle Hunt

Dr Michelle Hunt graduated in Medicine at the University of Sydney in 1989, and worked at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord Hospitals before successfully obtaining her Dermatology entrance exam in

Dr Rhonda A Harvey

Dr Harvey graduated with honours in medicine from the University of New South Wales in 1999. As part of her post graduate training,

Darlinghurst, NSW View details
Dr Phillip Artemi

Phil Artemi is a Mohs surgeon at both Darlinghurst and Westmead day surgeries for the Skin & Cancer Foundation

Dr Shawn Richards

HEAD OF LASER SERVICES Chairman: SCFA Medical Advisory

Dr Tanya Gilmour

Dr Tanya Gilmour is a Dermatologist and Mohs

A/Prof Rob Paver

A/Prof. Rob Paver is a Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon at The Skin Hospital at Westmead.

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