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There’s Celebration and Surprises When Completing 10,000 Mohs Surgeries

Ten thousand is a big number, and for Dr. Mohsin Mir’s patients it’s life-changing.

On March 24, Dr. Mir, a board-certified physician specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology at Kelsey-Seybold’s Tanglewood Clinic, reached an exciting milestone by completing 10,000 Mohs surgeries at Kelsey-Seybold.

Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. The goal of this procedure is to completely remove the skin cancer while keeping the wound as small as possible and minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

To celebrate, the Mohs Surgery department surprised Dr. Mir with a surprise luncheon on April 1. The department staff and Dr. Mir’s wife, Seema, catered the luncheon and had a special 10K cake made in his honor.

Dr. Mir says this accomplishment was a team effort. “We have a dedicated, hard-working team, which includes medical assistants, nurses, patient care coordinators, a physician assistant, and a lab technician, all of whom contributed to this achievement.”

Row 1, sitting: Dr. Mir; Row 2, from L to R: Tricia Ridley, PA-C; Maria Martinez, CMA; Rene Galaviz, CMA; Row 3, from L to R: Rhonda Batiste, LVN; Edith Zavala, Patient Care Coordinator; Chanti Vallery, CMA; and Mercedes Lewis, CMA; Row 4: Gerae Vallery, Administrative Coordinator; Chandra Goodman, Mohs Histotechnologist.

“Since joining Kelsey-Seybold, patients have expressed their appreciation for having Mohs surgery as an option to treat skin cancer.  Previously, patients were referred outside of our group, but are much happier to have the opportunity to receive this treatment here at Tanglewood Clinic,” said Dr. Mir.

Mohs surgery cure rates are up to 99% for most skin cancers.  The microscopic evaluation during the procedure allows the surgeon to accurately target and remove cancerous cells while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.  This process also minimizes scarring and improves cosmetic results.

Procedures are performed in the clinic under local anesthetic. Afterward, patients sit with a friend or family member to wait for results during the microscopic evaluation.  The wounds are repaired immediately in the office after the surgical margins are clear.

Dr. Mir completing Mohs surgery on a patient.

Kelsey-Seybold began offering Mohs surgery in 2014.  Dr. Mir joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in September 2015 as utilization for this service expanded and, in just over five years, completed 10,000 cases.

Slice of skin seen through microscope.
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