May 30, 2013
Riya V. Anandwala

SLU Chair of Dermatology to Hold National Leadership Position

ST. LOUIS - Scott W. Fosko, M.D., chairman of dermatology at Saint Louis University has been elected president of the American College of Mohs Surgery for 2013-2014, after serving in other leadership roles for the organization since 2011.

Scott W. Fosko, M.D. is a SLUCare dermatologist
and professor of dermatology at SLU.

"It's a great honor to be elected as the president for the American College of Mohs Surgery," said Fosko, SLUCare dermatologist and professor of dermatology at SLU. "This appointment will give me the opportunity to strengthen the standards of patient care related to Mohs surgery and continue the development of the members of the College who are experts in skin cancer."

More than 1200 surgeons who have received advanced, fellowship training in Mohs surgery, pathology and reconstructive surgery are members of the college.

Mohs surgery is the preferred treatment for many skin cancers on the face and in other sensitive areas. It is a state-of-the-art treatment for skin cancer that involves removing an entire cancerous tumor, layer by layer, while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue. Because Mohs surgery precisely targets the skin cancer, tumors are less likely to regrow and scarring is minimized. It is often utilized for complex tumors, such as those that are recurrent, appear to be aggressive when viewed under a microscope or have spread along a nerve.

College members who perform the procedure are sub-specialty trained physicians and have completed a three-year dermatology residency and at least one additional year of fellowship training under the supervision and guidance of a Mohs College physician.

"Saint Louis University has given me the opportunity to develop and advance my career to provide leadership for such a prestigious national, and now expanding international organization," said Fosko. "It's a reflection of the expertise that we have at SLU and how our environment both nurtures and mentors us to be leaders at the University and within organized medicine."

SLUCare dermatologists perform Mohs surgery at two locations, midtown at Anheuser Busch Institute, 1755 S. Grand Blvd., and West County SLUCare Des Peres' Medical Arts Pavilion II, 2315 Dougherty Ferry Road.

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