Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship

The Fellowship in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology at Dermatology Professionals, Inc. is a one-year ACGME-approved program offered to board eligible/board-certified dermatologists. All aspects of advanced dermatological surgery are seen in our clinics, providing a broad educational experience. The service is very busy with a high patient load, complex tumor biology,  complicated reconstructive procedures, and exposure to a broad range of cosmetic procedures.

Three fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons instruct the fellow in all aspects of Mohs surgery, including the indications for, limitations of, and applications of the procedure. The fellow will obtain extensive experience in the repair of surgical defects resulting from Mohs surgery, with instruction provided in complex reconstructive dermatologic surgery, including advanced skin flaps and grafts, cartilage grafting, and other reconstructive procedures. Appropriate laboratory techniques are taught, including the mapping and processing of tissue specimens and the preparation of frozen sections to be microscopically examined during Mohs surgery. In addition to Mohs surgery, the fellow will be instructed in the general principles involved in the management of various cutaneous neoplasms, both common and rare. The fellow also will receive exposure and training in excisional surgery, dermabrasion, and scar revision. There is dedicated weekly time for cosmetic dermatologic surgery, and includes experience with laser surgery (fractionated resurfacing, vascular, hair removal), sclerotherapy, botulinum toxin injection and various fillers.

Dermatology Professionals, Inc. is a stand-alone private practice. The fellowship faculty members have appointments at The Warren Alpert Medical School’s Department of Dermatology and The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Division of Dermatology. The faculty has a strong relationship with the local medical centers’ Departments of Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmology, and there is emphasis on using a multidisciplinary approach in the management of difficult cutaneous neoplasms, including appropriate staging and adjuvant care. The fellow will become familiar with the advantages of and the application of this philosophy to the removal of difficult cutaneous tumors and the reconstruction of the subsequent surgical defects. The fellow is expected to complete an in-depth research project by the time he or she finishes the fellowship and to prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Previous fellows:

2015-2016:     Thomas Knackstedt, MD

2014-2015      Ashlynne Clark, MD

2013-2104      Nicole Velez, MD

2012-2013      Alyssa Findley, MD

2011-2012      Katherine Cordova, MD