Developed by Frederic E. Mohs, MD in the 1930s and refined in the 1970s which collaboration with reconstructive surgeons, the Mohs Micrographic Surgical procedure has been refined and perfected for more than half a century. The heart of the surgery is the color-coded mapping of excised specimens throughout their microscopic examination remains the definitive part of the process. This state-of-the-art treatment in which the formerly trained physician serves as the surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon, relies on the accuracy of the microscope to see beyond the visible disease and to remove the entire tumor down to its roots leaving healthy tissue unharmed. The Mohs procedure offers the highest cure rate of all the treatments for skin cancer (up to 98 to 99 percent) even if other forms of treatment have failed. It is primarily used for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, but the procedure can be used for less common skin cancers and tumors. Indications for this procedure include large tumors, recurring tumors, scar tissue in the area of cancer, large cancers, rapidly growing cancers, and cancers discovered in cosmetically sensitive areas (eyelids, nose, ears, lips and face/forehead). This procedure is also shown to be highly cost effective.

John G. Hancox, M.D., FAAD, FACMS
A native of Cumberland, MD, Dr. Hancox graduated from the WVU School of Medicine and completed his dermatology residency at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He completed a Mohs Micrographic and cosmetic procedure fellowship (Procedural Dermatology) at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. He serves on the editorial board of and reviews articles for dermatology journals. He has authored or co-authored over 35 publications. He has a special interest in skin cancer surgery and cutaneous oncology. He is board certified in dermatology and a Fellow in the American College of Mohs Surgery.

David C. Carlisle, M.D., FAAD, FACMS
A native of Weirton, WV and graduated from WVU School of Medicine and served his residency at Wright State University. He completed his Mohs Micrographic fellowship at Columbus, OH. He is a certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow in the American College of Mohs Surgery.


Thomas E. Sturm, HT (ASCP)
A native of Grafton, WV and graduate of the School of Clinical Pathology, Whichita Falls, TX and Histotechnology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C., Tom brings over 35 years of technical expertise in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology with direct emphasis on frozen sectioning, routine and special histology, Mohs surgical assistance and wound management. His special interest/training is in Immunohistochemistry and Forensic Pathology. He is assisted by his wife Jill, who is also a trained histology technician.

Nursing/Clinical Staff
A dedicated and well trained staff with extensive knowledge in surgical techniques and wound management. This staff affords all patients at Mountain State Dermatology a professional, compassionate atmosphere throughout the treatment process.

If you have any questions regarding our Mohs Surgical Unit, please feel free to contact Tom or Jill Sturm at (304) 554-0414.