Mohs

Hearing a diagnosis of skin cancer can cause anxiety. We understand the questions our patients may have, and take the time to hear your concerns while providing you with the latest technology for the removal of skin cancers.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery provides for the highest level cure rates for most skin cancers. This technique allows for systematic microscopic evaluation of the affected tissue, and is known as one of the best methods of skin cancer removal today. The procedure allows for the most complete microscopically controlled tumor eradication prior to repair. Our patients may have their Mohs consultation the same day they learn of skin cancer, obtaining necessary information right away. Designed for quick, effective removal of non-melanoma cancers, Mohs is completed in one visit, and you are back to life as usual within one to two weeks.

Mohs skin cancer surgery, first developed in the 1930s, is intended for the highest standard of lesion and tumor removal. This surgical procedure differs from the traditional excision removal in the following ways:

  • The technique used in Mohs surgery allows for the preservation of a higher amount of healthy tissue surrounding a cancerous lesion, and therefore leads to better aesthetic results.
  • During Mohs surgery, we are able to view 100% of the margins around a lesion.
  • Tissue removed during Mohs surgery is immediately evaluated under a microscope, allowing us to confirm all affected tissue has been removed.
  • Mohs is highly effective, with a cure rate between 97- 99% for most cancerous lesions. Following this procedure, there is as low as 1 percent chance of recurrence in the same area.
  • With head and neck reconstruction specialist Dr. Gilbert Selkin in our practice, a secondary reconstructive procedure can be performed the same day. This also allows our patients to enjoy full repair within our by our team of physicians.

NICHOLAS R. SNAVELY, MD, YOUR MOHS SPECIALIST

Dr.Snavely completed residency in dermatology at the University of Virginia, serving as Chief Resident during his final year. His pursuit of knowledge and skill did not end there. Under the tutelage of renowned surgeons, Dr. Anna Bar and Dr. Neil Swanson, he completed a rigorous Fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstructive surgery. This training, along with subsequent years of clinical experience in caring for many patients and a vast number of skin cancers, makes Dr. Snavely a true expert in skin cancer treatment. He understands the anxiety a skin cancer diagnosis can produce, and handles each patient with compassion and concern.

Janet Li, MD – Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon

Dr. Li earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and her Doctorate of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She completed an internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Ct., and a Dermatology Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

She recently completed a micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle and is trained in Mohs surgery.

“The most rewarding part of my job is being able to talk with my patients and getting to know their stories,” Dr. Li says. “I also enjoy providing the best care for patients diagnosed with skin cancer through Mohs surgery which has the highest cure rate for treating most skin cancers.”

Dr. Li is especially interested in cutaneous oncology, facial reconstructive surgery, nail disorders and cosmetic dermatology.

She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and trying new cuisines and restaurants.

Howard Steinman, MD – Mohs Surgeon

Dr. Howard Steinman joined U.S. Dermatology Partners in 2018 and sees patients in Carrollton and Plano, Texas. He specializes in treating skin cancer and has performed over 15,000 Mohs surgery cases in his career.

“It is rewarding to guide patients and their families through the often-frightening process of skin cancer surgery in a reassuring and caring manner,” says Dr. Steinman. “As a cancer survivor, I know how important it is for every patient to have an informed, safe and comfortable surgical experience.”

Dr. Steinman graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, California and earned his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He performed his dermatology residency at the University of California at San Diego and as the Overseas Registrar at St. John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin in London, U.K. He then completed a one-year fellowship in Mohs surgery and dermatological surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

After practicing and teaching in San Diego for over 25 years, he moved to Texas in 2009 to serve as Director of Mohs Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery Scott & White Clinic in Temple, Texas. He moved to the Dallas area in 2012.

Dr. Steinman is a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and a founder and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. He has served as an officer, director and president of several local and national dermatology associations. He has co-authored two Mohs surgery textbooks, twelve textbook chapters and over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles. A list of his peer-reviewed journal articles may be found HERE.

He is passionate about mentoring and teaching medical students, residents and practicing dermatologists. He has served on the medical school faculties of the University of London, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of California, San Diego, Texas A&M, and Campbell University. In 1995, he established and co-directs an annual physician course in Mohs surgery and frequently is asked to give talks to Mohs surgeons and dermatologists.

Dr. Steinman enjoys travel, playing the clarinet, reading science and history, and spending time with his wife and family, including his two granddaughters.

We provide for full-service treatment of skin cancer, and ensure our patients are comfortable throughout their treatment program. Before and after your Mohs procedure, you are welcome to sit and relax in our well-appointed waiting room, complete with television and reading material. Upon the completion of removal and repair, we continue to follow your progress while the site is healing to ensure a satisfactory outcome.

We are committed to providing superior service and results to our patients. Contact us to schedule your dermatology appointment today.

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About our Doctors

Center for Dermatology is committed to helping patients achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Our dedicated team is comprised of Dr. Bryan Selkin, M.D., F.A.A.D., Board Certified in Dermatology; Gilbert Selkin, M.D., D.M.D., Board Certified Maxillofacial Surgeon; John “Jay” Wofford, MD., F.A.A.D., Board Certified Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist; M. David Meyer, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist; Janet Y. Li, MD, F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist & Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon, Sam Awan, M.D.,F.A.A.D, Board Certified Dermatologist; Trisha J. Patel, MD, F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist; Howard Steinman, MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon; Nicholas R. Snavely, MD, FAAD - Board Certified Dermatologist Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon, an expert in the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer, as well as advanced reconstruction