Division of Dermatology Opens Mohs Surgery Suite
Director: Eric Berkowitz, M.D.
Mohs Surgery Suite
Division of Dermatology Faculty Practice Offices
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
3514 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Appointments: 866-MED-TALK (1-866-633-8255)
With great pleasure, the Albert Einstein Department of Medicine announces the opening of the Mohs Surgery Suite in the Division of Dermatology Faculty Practice Offices of Montefiore Medical Center. These newly renovated offices reflect a state-of-the-art facility under the direction of Dr. Eric Berkowitz. Dr. Berkowitz completed his Mohs Fellowship at Mount Sinai before joining our faculty.
Mohs surgery is microscopically controlled surgery that is highly effective for common types of skin cancer, with a cure rate cited between 97 to 99% for basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, and for squamous cell carcinoma. Because the Mohs procedure is micrographically controlled, it provides precise removal of the cancerous tissue, while healthy tissue is spared. For this reason, Mohs surgery is recommended for skin cancer removal in anatomic areas where maximum preservation of healthy tissue is desired for cosmetic and functional purposes (the face, eyelids, nose, ear, fingers, genital area), for cancers with indistinct margins, and for recurrent cancers in scar tissue. It is especially indicated for lesions that have recurred following prior treatment, or for lesions in anatomic areas that have the greatest likelihood of recurrence (e.g., the side of the nose).
Mohs surgery was created by Dr. Fredrick E. Mohs, a general surgeon.
Mohs and other surgical, medical, and dermatopathology services are among many new programs resulting from the leadership of Steven Cohen, Chief of the Division of Dermatology. Other Einstein-Montefiore Dermatology services include the Psoriasis Treatment Center, Occupational and Environmental Skin Disease Unit, and Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology.