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mohs surgery from Illinois Dermatologist In the last 30 years, more individuals have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. With early detection and treatment, most skin cancers are curable using techniques such as Mohs surgery. Dr. Khanna is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology in Mohs micrographic surgery and is now thrilled that he can provide this convenient and precise outpatient treatment method to his patients.

What is Mohs micrographic Surgery?

Mohs surgery is an outpatient surgical method performed under local anesthesia. It is named for Dr. Frederick Mohs, who developed the process in the mid-twentieth century. This technique involves the removal of layers of the affected skin until the tissue no longer contains cancer cells. Mohs is very precise. It can take several hours to map the tumors correctly, but treatment is done while the patient waits. With this procedure, the patient gets pathology results immediately and does not leave the office until all the cancer cells have been removed.

Benefits of Mohs surgery

Mohs surgery is advantageous in treating basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, some melanomas, and other more unusual types of skin cancer.
There are several reasons Mohs surgery should be considered:
  • It is effective for cancers that are large or more aggressive.
  • The precision of this technique allows the removal of cancers that do not have defined borders.
  • The technique preserves healthy tissues for minimal cosmetic impact in areas such as eyelids, ears, nose, mouth, fingertips, or genitals.
  • It has a high success rate for removing cancers that are recurring or have a higher risk of recurrence.
In recent years, guidelines have been laid out for the proper utilization of the Mohs technique. It is not suitable for every skin cancer. Our providers work with Dr. Khanna, our lead dermatologist at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois, and together will determine the best action plan for you and your diagnosis.

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With over 20 years of experience in dermatology, Dr. Vikram "Vic" Khanna began his education and training at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University. He was the chief resident at the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and continues to update and refine his extensive skills with daily advances in the industry.

As a board-certified dermatologist, he continues to dedicate his time to serving his patients of all ages and provides general, cosmetic, and medical solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body. He was also recently certified for Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Lauren Boshnick is committed to providing her patients the highest-quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. She is passionate about cosmetic dermatology and is also interested in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. She pursued specialized training in dermatology at top medical centers worldwide, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai, and Oxford before completing her residency at Florida State University, where she served as chief resident.

After training, Dr. Boshnick worked in a private practice in Florida, performing complex skin cancer surgeries and providing cosmetic dermatology services. She is a member of the AAD.

A board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon, Dr. David Othman has over 10 years of experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

With a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Othman completed his training at Indiana University. He is currently Program Director of the Cook County Hospital residency program, Assistant Professor at Rush University, Clinical Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Having published numerous articles and presented at national conferences, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.