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The Skin Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery Foundation offers specialized educational opportunities to the medical and scientific community who strive to achieve new knowledge in skin cancer management.

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Collaborative Care for Your Patients

SCARS Center specialists collaborate with referring physicians to establish customized care plans for patients. Primary physicians may refer patients, utilize the facility for combined treatment plans, or present cases at our monthly conference.  

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Right to Left: Gregory Bartlow, M.D. (Dermatology); Simon Madorsky, M.D. (Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery); Michelle Aszterbaum, M.D. (Dermatology); Ronald Barr, M.D. (Dermatopathology); Matthew Goodman, M.D. (Dermatology); Judith Harrison, M.D. (Radiation Oncology)

A TEAM APPROACH TO SKIN CANCER MANAGEMENT

Our acclaimed and experienced skin cancer specialists deliver exceptional care to our patients using a comprehensive team approach.

SCARS Center board certified skin cancer specialists include: dermatologists, dermatopathologists, radiation oncologists, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons and ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Together we offer specialized treatment options that range from non-surgical cure such as Photodynamic Therapy, Superficial Radiotherapy, and topical chemotherapy, to Mohs excision in combination with closure and, in many instances, reconstruction by our board and double board certified plastic surgeons. The combination of specialists and treatment options available at SCARS Center provides patients with the convenience and quality of service every person deserves after a skin cancer diagnosis.

Intraoperative Case Studies

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Patient Case Studies

Patient Case Studies

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION FOR OPTIMUM PATIENT CARE

The SCARS Foundation CME accredited Skin Cancer Conference is hosted regularly for the benefit of our patients, our specialists, and other local physicians involved in skin cancer management. The conference is designed to maximize our physicians’ effectiveness in patient care by highlighting high-risk skin cancer cases, difficult reconstructive cases, and other skin cancer treatment challenges. The monthly conference allows our physicians to stay ahead of the curve on treatment developments in the skin cancer community, and gives our patients access to a multi-faceted team approach in handling complex cases.

Skin Cancer Connection Articles

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Myxoid Lipoma of Scalp

HISTORY 61-year-old man presents with 40 year history of 2.5 cm mobile lipoma on left scalp vertex. Ultrasound performed on 11-14-17 revealed lipoma. Results from excision of mass showed myxoid lipoma. Consultation was obtained with Emory’s Sharon Weiss, MD, a soft tissue pathology expert.     DISCUSSION The benign myxoid lipoma should be differentiated from the malignant…
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Cerclage Closures

DISCUSSION Cerclage closure is a relatively straightforward approach to wound repair in certain locations. Body regions with no appreciable skin creases or relaxed skin tension lines are good candidates for this technique. Regions with inherently high tension of closure is all directions, such central chest and convex shoulder, heal better with a cerclage scar versus…
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Dysplasia of Lower Lip

HISTORY 51-year-old man presents with one-year history of lower lip nonhealing lesion. The patient has a many year history of extensive sun exposure with scaling and crusting.  A biopsy of the nonhealing lesion showed leukokeratosis with minimal keratinocytic atypia. Excisional biopsy done 11-1-17 showed moderate to focally severe squamous atypia. The patient was then treated…
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Lower Leg Wound Treatment At Scars Center

Lower Leg Wound Dehiscence

HISTORY 74-year-old man presents with BCC of left lower leg treated with Mohs excision and closure on 2-27-18. Patient presented 5 days post closure with wound dehiscence. Cutimed wound sponge dressing was used for wound management.  Debridement was performed 3-16-18. Plan is for closure with matrix xenograft.       DISCUSSION Lower leg wound dehiscence…
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Treatment for Multiple Skin Cancer Patients

Multiple Skin Cancers in an Organ Transplant Recipient

HISTORY 71-year-old organ transplant recipient presents with several SCC’s of scalp and face. Mohs excisions and closures were performed.  Tissue of the left temple incidental to reconstruction was submitted for histologic analysis. Incidental BCC was found in the specimen requiring additional treatment. 4 to 6 o’clock margin was involved.   The patient with bilateral kidney…
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Reconstructive Cases – Bilevel Grafts

DISCUSSION Nasal ala skin defects can be reconstructed with skin grafts generally with excellent results. However, deeper defects of the nasal ala repaired with a skin graft may result in a depressed deformity. Contraction of skin graft healing may also cause retraction of the nasal ala, especially with deeper defects. Adding a cartilage graft  to…
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