Dermatology Services

Mohs Surgery

woman looking at mirrorMohs surgery is a state-of-the-art procedure involving excising a lesion, layer by layer. Each piece of excised tissue is examined under a microscope on the same day as surgery. Tissue is progressively excised until no tumor cells are seen. The goal of this type of surgery is to remove all of the malignant cells and as little normal tissue as possible. It is often used with recurring tumors.

Generally, this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, under a local anesthesia. The types of cancers most likely to warrant Mohs Micrographic Surgery are:

  • Cosmetically sensitive or functionally critical areas such as around the eyes, nose, lips, scalp, fingers, toes or genitals, etc.
  • Tumors that are large, aggressive, or growing rapidly
  • Tumors that are recurrent
  • Tumors that have ill-defined edges

Advantages of Mohs Micrographic Surgery

  • Offers the highest potential cure rate--up to 99%--for skin cancer
  • By removing the least amount of tissue, it maximizes the likelihood for preserving function and it also offers superior cosmetic results
  • Fewer risks with local anesthesia compared with general anesthesia

Why Choose a Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon?

Mohs micrographic surgery has set a new standard in skin cancer treatment. An increasing number of physicians are performing Mohs surgery, which is now widely accepted as the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. However, not all Mohs surgeons receive the same level of training as Drs. Glen Bowen, Keith Duffy, Michael Hadley, Bradley Summers, and Payam Tristani-Firouzi, who are each fellowship trained Mohs surgeons.

When it comes to your skin cancer treatment, you deserve no less than the best. Drs. Glen Bowen, Keith Duffy, Michael Hadley, Bradley Summers, and Payam Tristani-Firouzi have achieved the highest degree of Mohs surgery qualifications by completing an American College of Mohs Surgery approved fellowship. For you, this means peace of mind, knowing that you will receive superior quality and competency, as well as an optimal outcome.

Our Physicians and ACMS - Committed to Superior Care

The ACMS ( was established by Dr. Frederic Mohs himself, and its fellowship training program is generally acknowledged as the benchmark in Mohs surgery training. Through an extensive application and interview process, only the most qualified physicians are selected by ACMS to participate in a fellowship program. Participants must undergo a rigorous 1 to 2 year training program subsequent to completing a residency in dermatology.

During fellowship training, Drs. Glen Bowen, Keith Duffy, Michael Hadley, Bradley Summers, and Payam Tristani-Firouzi studied and trained under the guidance of veteran Mohs College surgeons who have demonstrated expertise in Mohs surgery. A cornerstone of the ACMS fellowship training program is cultivating experience and judgment in each graduate. Since skin cancer occurs in a diversity of forms, degrees and locations, the program is set up to be thorough and stringent.

Drs. Glen Bowen, Keith Duffy, Michael Hadley, Bradley Summers, and Payam Tristani-Firouzi each met the following requirements in completing their ACMS fellowships:

  • Participated in a minimum of 500 Mohs surgery cases
  • Learned to accurately interpret slides of tissue samples removed during Mohs surgery
  • Performed a vast array of reconstructions, ranging from the simplest to the most complex, multi-step repairs
As ACMS graduates, Drs. Glen Bowen, Keith Duffy, Michael Hadley, Bradley Summers, and Payam Tristani-Firouzi gained an uncommon level of exposure, including everything from challenging tumor locations to rare tumor pathology and complex wound reconstruction. You can rest assured that they have the training and experience to achieve the best outcome from your skin cancer treatment.


ACMS Patient Education Video

The Process

What You Need to Know Regarding Your Mohs Surgery


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