Your Winship care team draws on Emory's vast resources in dermatology, surgical oncology, and medical oncology to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for melanoma. Our Melanoma Program is a coordinated, cohesive program with a dedicated treatment plan established for each patient.
As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers. Our care team treats patients with melanoma of the skin as well as rarer forms of melanoma such as mucosal and ocular melanoma. We also treat non-melanoma malignancies such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and other skin cancers.
The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:
- Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
- Access to the Pigmented Lesions Clinic for high risk cases.
- Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
- Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
- Access to our melanoma coordinator to assist you through out the treatment process.
- Access to support services and programs for you and your caregivers.
- Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.
Request an Appointment
If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, we are ready to help you. Call us at (404) 778-0680 to request an appointment with a skin cancer specialist. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.
We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.
Skin biopsy: a small sample of an abnormal lesion is examined under a microscope. Skin biopsies can be performed in various ways:
- Shave biopsy: the top layers of the skin are removed when the risk of melanoma is very low.
- Punch biopsy: a doctor uses a small cookie-cutter shaped tool to remove several layers of the skin.
- Excisional biopsy: the entire tumor is removed and examined by a pathologist.
Additional tests including imaging and scans may be used to determine whether the cancer has spread or metastasized.
The Emory Healthcare dermatology clinic offers a variety of screening and diagnostic tests.
Surgery is the first line of treatment if melanoma has not spread throughout the body. For some patients, removing the tumor will offer a cure. Patients with advanced disease may require additional surgery, radiation therapy or immunotherapy following surgery.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy beans to kill the cancer.
Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy delivered through medication that stimulates or suppresses the immune system to fight cancer.
Certain skin cancers of the lower extremities may require removal of the local lymph nodes. Here at Winship, our doctors have pioneered a groin dissection technique for the removal of lymph nodes that improves recovery and lowers the risk of infection.
Targeted therapies: Winship's most promising research in treating melanoma is in personalized medicine and targeted therapies. In personalized medicine, researchers identify unique characteristics of tumors that make them vulnerable to known drugs so therapy can be tailored to an individual's cancer. In targeted therapies, investigators look for new drugs that more selectively target cancer cells with fewer side effects.
Chemotherapy may be used to treat advanced melanoma. It is not often used during initial treatment because of the availability of immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
One of your best treatment options may be participation in a clinical trial. Our patients have access to some of the most advanced cancer treatments and clinical trials for melanoma and cutaneous malignancies offered anywhere. Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship.
Supportive Oncology Care
In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from our melanoma coordinator and our team of counselors, dietitians and social service professionals.
Your Treatment Team
- Physician Diagnosticians
- Nurse Navigators
- Adv Practice
- Support Services
- Clinical Trials
- As the melanoma coordinator, Ms. McKellar serves as the point of contact for referring physicians and their patients from their initial referrals through long-term follow-up.
- Physician Assistant, Surgical Oncology and Dermatology , Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 778-0680
- A surgical expert in the care of complex gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies, Dr. Russell as Chief Quality Officer collaborates with Winship leadership on tracking and improving patient services and satisfaction as well as focusing on cancer outcomes.
- Chief Quality Officer, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 686-1001
- Dr. Kunihiro works to improve quality of life for patients with cancer, no matter the stage of illness - from initial diagnosis, during treatment, in remission or closer to end of life.
- Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-6448
- Dr. Maxwell collaborates with the multidisciplinary care team at Winship to help patients address symptoms and improve their quality of life during their journey with cancer.
- (404) 778-6448
- A board certified medical oncologist, Dr. Natarajan sees patients with cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
- (404) 778-1900
- Board certified in anatomic pathology and in dermatopathology, Dr. Parker is involved in the histopathologic interpretation and diagnosis of skin lesions for patients at both Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital.
- Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 712-5947
- Dr. Prologo's clinical specialties include diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, interventional pain management and bone tumor ablations.
- Vice Chair for Imaging Intervention and Division Director for Interventional Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-4747
- A palliative care specialist, Dr. Soodalter provides specialized outpatient medical care with a focus on relief from the symptoms and stress of cancer and other illnesses.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-6448
- Ms. Stanislaw provides genetic counseling, including risk assessment and test coordination, for individuals concerned about the possibility of hereditary cancer susceptibility.
- Director of Genetic Counseling, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 778-1900
- Raymond provides administrative leadership to the Winship Spiritual Health Team, supporting and assisting in their work of compassionate and inclusive care of patients, staff, and their loved ones.
- Process Improvement Specialist III, Senior Spiritual Health Clinician, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 778-1900