Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is named for Frederick Mohs, a surgeon that developed the procedure in the 1950’s. It is the most effective technique available to treat skin cancer. Performed as an out-patient procedure, Mohs Micrographic surgery entirely removes the affected area while sparing the surrounding healthy skin.

Mohs micrographic surgery is commonly used to remove large tumors, tumors in hard-to-treat places, recurrent tumors, and those occurring in areas where preservation of normal skin is essential (such as the tissue surrounding the eyes or nose). It is most commonly performed on basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and is useful on melanomas in some cases.

The University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery offers a state-of-the-art Mohs surgical unit at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center . Dr. Keyvan Nouri is the Director of Mohs Surgery and Director of the Mohs/Laser Center at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Recent innovations in laser technologies now allow for the successful treatment of a variety of previously difficult-to-treat skin conditions. The University of Miami School of Medicine, Mohs/Laser Center, offers state-of-the-art lasers in the treatment of a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: hair removal, port wine stains, hemangiomas, tattoos, birthmarks, spider veins, facial and leg veins, pigmented growths such as freckles, nevus of ota/ito and café au lait macules, wrinkles/rhytides, scars, keloids, and destruction of growths such as viral warts and epidermal nevi. The full-time experienced staff assigned to the Center, coordinates laser treatments.

For further information or to arrange for a consultation, call Dr. Keyvan Nouri, Director of University of Miami Laser Center, 305-243-4183.