Mohs micrographic surgery

If you have a skin cancer diagnosis, we will partner with you to find the best course of treatment. Among all types of cancers, cancers of the skin are most common, and they are nearly always cured when diagnosed early and treated. So it's important to see your doctor if you have changes in your skin.

There are different types of skin cancer, and Providence Medical Group Dermatology (PMG) offers you education, choices, and compassion along the road to recovery. Mohs micrographic surgery is an excellent treatment option. This precise surgical technique is the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer and has a very high cure rate.

PMG Dermatology’s Dr. Erin Allen is a highly experienced and skilled Mohs surgeon. She performs the dual role as both surgeon and pathologist, removing layers of cancerous skin and microscopically examining them until only cancer-free tissue remains. Dr. Allen then repairs the wound for the best cosmetic and functional result. This can involve reconstructive surgery, and our dermatologists have extensive experience in the latest techniques.

At PMG Dermatology, our Mohs surgeon is backed by a highly trained staff. Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed in the state-of-the-art surgical suite at our Glisan Clinic. This clinic also has a specialized pathology lab on-site to examine cancerous tissue while surgery is in progress.

Dr. Allen performs more than 1,400 Mohs surgeries each year to remove basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. In addition, she is certified by the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). While all board-certified dermatologists can perform Mohs surgery, only members of the ACMS have undergone additional rigorous training through a fellowship program. This includes extensive work in removing skin cancer, examining skin tissue for cancer and reconstructive surgery for repairing the wound.

To learn more about Mohs surgery at Providence, contact Mohs Surgery at our Glisan Clinic.