What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a specialized, precise surgical technique used to treat different types of skin cancer. Also known as micrographic surgery, Mohs surgery may offer in many cases, the lowest recurrence rate of any skin cancer treatment method and the highest chance of a complete cure – up to 98-99 percent- for many skin cancers. Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia.

When is Mohs used?

Mohs surgery is most commonly used to treat basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and also in some cases, more unusual skin cancers. Mohs surgery can be especially effective for skin cancers that:

  • Develop on areas where preserving cosmetic appearance and function are important.
  • Have come back after previous treatment or are likely to recur.
  • Have edges or borders that are hard to define.

Mohs Surgery at The Polyclinic

The Polyclinic has two fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeons, Dr. Daniel Berg and Dr. Kelly Griffith-Bauer.

Dr. Berg, with more than 20 years of medical experience and education, has performed thousands of Mohs and reconstructive skin cancer surgeries. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Washington. During his tenure at Washington, he served as director of a fellowship program and trained dermatologists in Mohs and dermatologic surgery.

Dr. Griffith-Bauer completed a Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at the prestigious University of California in San Francisco.

Often a Mohs surgeon can treat the skin cancer after receiving the proper documentation from the referring provider without an initial consultation. However, some lesions do require a pre-operative consultation with the Mohs surgeon to determine specific treatment and identify post-procedure care coordination. Learn more about what to expect.

Contact Us

To schedule a consultation, call 206-860-5595.

To determine if you need an authorization or referral prior to surgery, please contact your insurance company. If not obtained, you may be responsible for the payment of the surgery.

For general questions: Please contact Andrea at (206)-860-5595.

If you cannot keep the scheduled surgery, please contact the office as soon as you know. You will need to ensure that you are rescheduled or otherwise appropriately followed for your skin cancer.

General Dermatology Services

The Polyclinic Dermatology Department provides comprehensive skin care over the course of a lifetime. Whether the patient is a young child with eczema, an adolescent with acne or an adult with skin cancer, you can expect outstanding and compassionate care from an experienced team of dermatologists.