Melanoma

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for melanoma treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

The Melanoma Clinic at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers patients a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

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 melanoma team treats patients with squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma and even rarer forms of melanoma, such as, mucosal melanoma and ocular melanoma.

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 groups and education classes for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

A suspicious lesion on the skin may prompt a doctor to perform the following surgical procedures to determine if a patient has melanoma:

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.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

Visit CancerQuest

Treatment options for melanoma will depend on a number of factors including the patient’s overall health, the thickness of the tumor and whether the disease has spread.

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. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.

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.

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 counselorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

Learn More About Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, we are ready to help you. Contact our Melanoma Team Coordinator, Margi McKellar at (404) 778-4919 or marjorie.mckellar@emoryhealthcare.org.
Or call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. 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.

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Walter J. Curran, Jr. MD, FACR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Walter J. Curran, Jr. MD, FACR

Walter J. Curran, Jr. MD, FACR

  • An international expert in advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors, Dr. Curran has been Executive Director of Winship since 2009.
  • Executive Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-3473

Keith Delman MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Keith Delman MD

Keith Delman MD

  • As Co-Chair of the melanoma team at Winship, Dr. Delman leads the multidisciplinary care of nearly half of all patients diagnosed with melanoma in the state of Georgia each year.
  • Co-Chair, Melanoma Working Group, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-3303

Ragini Kudchadkar MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Ragini Kudchadkar MD
Ragini Kudchadkar MD

Ragini Kudchadkar MD

David H. Lawson MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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David H. Lawson MD

David H. Lawson MD

  • Dr. Lawson's leads a program that incorporates the best of basic and clinical science with the goal of improving the care of patients with melanoma.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

  • Investigational Labs
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                                 Jack Arbiser MD, PhD
Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS
Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS

Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS

  • A surgical oncologist, Dr. Arciero primarily treats breast cancer patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory University Hospital.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW
Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • At Winship, Ms. Arnold works with patients affected by genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, sarcoma and aerodigestive cancers.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Paola Bonaccorsi MD

  • Dermatologist
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                                 Paola Bonaccorsi MD
Paola Bonaccorsi MD

Paola Bonaccorsi MD

Grant W. Carlson MD

  • Reconstructive Surgeon
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                                 Grant W. Carlson MD
Grant W. Carlson MD

Grant W. Carlson MD

  • Dr. Carlson is a leading expert in breast reconstruction and skin sparing mastectomy for patients with breast cancer, and microvascular surgery for head and neck cancer patients.
  • Wadley R. Glenn Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Suephy Chen MD, MS

  • Dermatologist
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                                 Suephy Chen MD, MS
Suephy Chen MD, MS

Suephy Chen MD, MS

  • Dr. Chen specializes in the treatment of malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Director, Dermatology Clinical and Outcomes Research Unit, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-3333

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Anne Englehart NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Anne Englehart NP
Anne Englehart NP

Anne Englehart NP

  • Ms. Englehart works with Dr. Bassel El-Rayes and Dr. Ragini Kudchadkar to provide care for gastrointestinal cancer and melanoma patients.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology , Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Mandy L. Ford PhD

  • Investigational Labs
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Mandy L. Ford PhD

Mandy L. Ford PhD

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR
Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Dr. Khan specializes in lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, skin (melanoma, squamous cell, basal cell, merkel cell), and pediatric cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc
Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc

Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc

Susan M. Maio MS, CCRC

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
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                                 Susan M. Maio MS, CCRC
Susan M. Maio MS, CCRC

Susan M. Maio MS, CCRC

  • Ms. Maio leads the coordination of clinical research for the melanoma and neuro-oncology working groups at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Clinical Research Coordinator IV, Melanoma and Neuro-Oncology Team Lead, Clinical Trials Office, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4520

Necia Maynard NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Necia Maynard NP
Necia Maynard NP

Necia Maynard NP

Margi McKellar MS, PA-C

  • Melanoma Coordinator
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                                 Margi McKellar MS, PA-C
Margi McKellar MS, PA-C

Margi McKellar MS, PA-C

  • 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) 778-4919

Robert J. Morris MD

  • Dermatopathologist
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Robert J. Morris MD

Robert J. Morris MD

  • Dr. Morris is board certified in dermatopathology and in combined anatomic and clinical pathology.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology and Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Kim Palmer

  • Chaplain
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Kim Palmer

Kim Palmer

  • Ms. Palmer provides spiritual care to patients, families, and staff in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Chaplain, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 712-7200

Douglas C. Parker MD

  • Dermatopathologist
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Douglas C. Parker MD

Douglas C. Parker MD

  • 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) 778-1900

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Kimberly Pizarek PA-C

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Kimberly Pizarek PA-C
Kimberly Pizarek PA-C

Kimberly Pizarek PA-C

  • Ms. Pizarek works with Dr. Maria Russell of the surgical oncology team to provide care for breast cancer, gastrointestinal, melanoma and sarcoma patients.
  • Physician Assistant , Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Brian P. Pollack MD, PhD

  • Dermatopathologist
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Brian P. Pollack MD, PhD

Brian P. Pollack MD, PhD

  • Board certified in dermatopathology, Dr. Pollack specializes in laboratory medicine for melanoma and skin cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Nancy Reynics NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Nancy Reynics NP

Nancy Reynics NP

  • Working with the surgical oncology team, Ms. Reynics coordinates care for breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, melanoma and sarcoma patients.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Monica Rizzo MD, FACS
Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

  • Dr. Rizzo is a board certified surgeon who specializes in the management of melanoma, breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-1343

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Maria C. Russell MD
Maria C. Russell MD

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Dr. Russell's treats melanoma and metastatic melanoma, tumors of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, spleen and gallbladder, metastatic tumors to the liver, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, and neuroendocrine tumors.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-3203

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Vinita Singh MD
Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Benjamin Stoff MD

  • Dermatopathologist
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                                 Benjamin Stoff MD
Benjamin Stoff MD

Benjamin Stoff MD

  • Dr. Stoff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and is a member of the multidisciplinary melanoma team at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Emily Walters RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Emily  Walters RD, LD
Emily Walters RD, LD

Emily Walters RD, LD

  • Ms. Walters offers personalized nutrition advice to cancer patients treated at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
  • Registered Dietitian, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7115

Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH
Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

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