Cutaneous Oncology Program

The Cutaneous Oncology Program

The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Health System, established a world-class Cutaneous Oncology Program in South Florida to care for patients with skin cancer or those at high risk for developing one. The program combines patient care, research, and education in skin cancer, to offer a comprehensive evaluation of patients, with access to experts in the field and state-of-the-art advanced technologies.

Services & Clinics

  • Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Clinic
    • Basal cell carcinoma
    • Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Merkel cell carcinoma
    • Other skin tumors
    • High-risk patients
  • Organ Transplant Recipient Skin Cancer Clinic
    • Organ transplant recipients
    • Immunosuppressed patients
  • Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic
  • Cutaneous Oncology Support group
    • Graft-versus-host disease
    • Skin reactions to oncologic treatments
  • Dermatopathology
  • Skin Cancer Prevention Group
    • Education for the community
    • Education for Health Professionals
    • Skin cancer screening
  • Multidisciplinary skin cancer team

Our Team

George Elgart, M.D., is a Professor of Dermatology, the Vice-Chair for Education, Director of Dermatology Residency Education Program and the Director of Dermatopathology Service at the Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami. A NIH-trained dermato-immunologist, Dr. Elgart’s research and expertise are in the fields of cutaneous oncology and wound healing. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles. A world-renowned dermatopathologist. Dr. Elgart increasingly contributes on the National Dermatology Education, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the American Board of Dermatology, and Resident Review Committee to assure high quality training is provided not only at UM but throughout the United States.

Shasa Hu, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Hu developed interest in melanoma prevention and disparity of melanoma among minority populations during her training as a resident at the Miller School’s Department of Dermatology. Dr. Hu main research interest are focusing on melanoma prevention, early detection, and disparity of melanoma among minority populations. She has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and also received funding from the Dermatology Foundation (Career Development Award). Dr. Hu’s clinical practice focuses on skin cancer detection and surveillance, skin cancer treatment, concerns of aging and ethnic skin, and skin rejuvenation.

Natalia Jaimes, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Jaimes is a dermatologist with specific training, interest and expertise in early detection and management of skin cancer and pigmented lesions. She completed a fellowship in cutaneous oncology with a focus on Merkel cell carcinoma at CBRC/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and University of Washington in Seattle. Following the completion of her dermatology training in Medellín, Colombia, she completed a two-year fellowship in skin cancer and pigmented lesions at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Jaimes clinical practice is dedicated to high-risk patients, patients with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, nevi/dysplastic nevi and other risk factors for skin cancer. She spearheads the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic, where she uses different skin-imaging techniques, such as dermoscopy, digital dermoscopy, total body photography, digital monitoring, confocal microscopy, to improve early detection of skin cancer. Dr. Jaimes research interests are focused on melanoma, nevi, dermoscopy, and other imaging techniques to enhance early detection of skin cancer; as well as in disparities of melanoma among Hispanics, and education on primary and secondary prevention of skin cancer. She is committed to education, and frequently lectures on these topics at national and international meetings. She is the author of several book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Anna Nichols, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Nichols main clinical and research interests are focused on preventing nonmelanoma skin cancer and developing novel, cost-effective ways to treat tumors non-invasively. She spearheads the Organ Transplant Recipient Skin Cancer Clinic, dedicated to serving patients at risk for multiple or aggressive nonmelanoma skin cancers. She was recently awarded with the 2018 Skin Cancer Foundation Research Grant to test the novel hypothesis that intratumoral delivery of the 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine is an effective treatment strategy for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Additionally, Dr. Nichols is the Co-Director of our Department’s Clinical and Translational Research Unit where she oversees a team of research coordinators and fellows who support the department’s numerous research projects. She is currently involved in projects on skin cancer chemoprevention and treatment, inpatient and emergency department dermatology consults, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and androgenic alopecia. She is a member of the University of Miami’s Institutional Review Board.

Keyvan Nouri, M.D., is a Tenure Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology and Surgery, Louis C. Skinner, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Dermatology, Richard Helfman Professor of Dermatologic Surgery, Director of Mohs, Dermatologic & Laser Surgery Center, Director of Cutaneous Surgical Training and Director of the Dermatology Graduate Education Specialty Training Program. Dr. Nouri’s research and expertise are in the fields of cutaneous oncology, lasers, dermatologic surgery, and acute wound healing. He serves as the editor-in-chief of the Lasers in Medical Science journal and the editor of 8 well known textbooks in Dermatology. He is an author on nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles and more than 130 book chapters. Dr. Nouri’s research interests include identification of molecular pathways common to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, acute surgical wounds and application of lasers and light-based devices in treatment of wounds, scars and non-melanoma skin cancers. Considering the progress in non-invasive diagnostic imaging tools, Dr. Nouri is currently working on skin imaging modalities such as Optical Coherence Tomography to avoid invasive diagnostic methods.

Alyx Rosen, M.D., is a newly recruited board-certified Assistant Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Rosen graduated cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Following medical school, Dr. Rosen completed both a dermatology research fellowship and internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before relocating to Miami for dermatology residency at the University of Miami. Dr. Rosen then went on to complete a Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at The Skin Institute of South Florida under the instruction of Dr. Eli Saleeby, a disciple of Dr. Frederick Mohs, the founder of Mohs Surgery. Dr. Rosen’s clinical and research interests focus on dermatologic and oncologic surgery, skin cancer treatment, dermatologic adverse events from cancer therapies, and optimizing aesthetic outcomes following oncologic surgery. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Jennifer Tang, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology. She completed a Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery fellowship. Her clinical and research interests are mainly in skin cancer. She is interested in the appropriate staging and management of high-risk squamous cell carcinomas, and the use of hedgehog inhibitors for unresectable basal cell carcinomas. She has a background in wound healing, participating in clinical trials and translational research for chronic non-healing wounds. Her clinical practice is focused on Mohs micrographic surgery, complex reconstruction, and other dermatologic procedures.