MOHS Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery (also known as Mohs chemosurgery) is a state-of-the-art treatment for skin cancer in which the diseased area is removed with the accuracy and precision of a microscope. Of all techniques to remove skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery has the highest cure rate and minimizes the extent of scarring. Mohs surgery is a one day, outpatient treatment which is generally reserved for use only with certain skin cancers. Those that are large, have recurred following conventional treatment, or those found in certain anatomic locations such as the central face are very effectively treated with this technique. Mohs surgery is utilized most often for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and lentigo maligna (an early form of melanoma usually occurring on the face). However, the Mohs technique is also useful for other, less common forms of skin cancer, including sebaceous carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma, atypical fibroxanthoma, microcystic adnexal carcinoma and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.
Mark A. Chastain, M.D.
Our Mohs unit and laboratory are directed by Mark A. Chastain, M.D. Dr. Chastain graduated from Emory University, and received his medical degree from Tulane University, and then remained at Tulane for his internship and Dermatology residency. He received specialized training in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstructive surgery by completing an accredited Mohs fellowship at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Dr. Chastain then returned to Tulane where he was assistant professor of Dermatology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and director of the Mohs unit. Dr. Chastain then moved back to his home state of Georgia and into private practice. He still holds a faculty position at Tulane. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine and is active in their teaching program. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.
Another provider in our Mohs unit is Matthew Hughes, M.D. Dr. Matthew P. Hughes is an Atlanta native who stayed in Georgia for both his undergraduate and medical studies. After graduating from Lovett, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors at the University of Georgia in Athens and then attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. While in medical school, he received the prestigious Excellence in Medicine Clerkship, awarded annually to one junior student who demonstrates the utmost in skill and dedication. After graduation, Dr. Hughes completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. Thereafter, he remained in Little Rock for a dermatology residency. Dr. Hughes specializes in dermatologic surgery, focusing his work on Mohs micrographic surgery and advanced reconstruction.