Why Choose a Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon

Mohs surgery has set a new standard in effective and safe skin cancer treatment. An increasing number of physicians are performing Mohs micrographic 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 Dr. Michael Shapiro, a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon here at Vanguard Dermatology.

When it comes to your skin cancer treatment, you deserve the absolute best. Dr. Shapiro has achieved the highest degree of Mohs surgery qualification by completing an American College of Mohs Surgery approved fellowship. For you, this means greater peace of mind with the knowledge that you will be receiving superior quality and competency of care.

The Advantages of ACMS Training

Established by Dr. Frederic Mohs himself, the ACMS and its fellowship training program is widely acknowledged as the benchmark in Mohs surgery training. Only the most qualified physicians are selected by ACMS through an extensive application and interview process┬áto participate in a fellowship program. Participants must undergo a rigorous 1 – 2 year training program subsequent to completing a residency in dermatology.

During fellowship training, Dr. Shapiro 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.

Dr. Shapiro met the following requirements in completing his ACMS fellowship:

  • 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 an ACMS graduate, Dr. Shapiro 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 he has the training and experience to achieve the best outcome from your skin cancer treatment.

Vanguard Dermatology is a comprehensive dermatology practice with offices in SoHo, Sheepshead Bay, Greenpoint, Forest Hills and Staten Island, dedicated to treating skin conditions for patients of all ages.