Skin Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for skin cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-0680.

As a patient at Winship, your care team offers you a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of skin cancer.

Your Winship care team draws on Emory's vast resources and expertise in dermatology, surgical oncology, medical oncology and others to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for skin cancer. We provide 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. We treat patients with various forms of skin cancer including:

  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • basal cell carcinoma
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
  • cutaneous lymphoma or lymphoma of the skin
  • other rare cutaneous malignancies

Our team members are leaders in the treatment of melanoma, a more aggressive form of skin cancer.

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 program coordinator to assist you through out the treatment process.
  • Access to support groups and social services for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, 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.

Refer a Patient

Referring providers, you or your staff may refer a patient by contacting us at (404) 778-0680 or email to winship.referrals@emoryhealthcare.org.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Skin cancers start with changes in the skin called lesions.

A suspicious lesion on the skin may prompt a doctor to perform the following surgical procedures to determine if the lesion is cancerous.

A skin biopsy is when 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.

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

Treatment options for skin cancer will depend on a number of factors including your overall health, the size and type of the cancer, and whether the disease has spread.

Non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal and squamous cell carcinoma are common and usually very treatable. Other types of skin cancer such as Merkel cell carcinoma are aggressive and if spread beyond the skin can be difficult to treat.

Surgery is the first line of treatment if a skin cancer has not spread throughout the body. For some patients, removing the tumor will offer a cure. Surgical procedures include:

  • Excision - cutting and removal of tumor from skin.
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation - scraping of tumor along with use of an electric needle to destroy any remaining cancerous cells.
  • Mohs surgery - a surgical technique that removes layers of skin until the tumor is removed. This procedure results in better outcomes and allows for more normal skin to be saved.
  • Lymph node surgery - 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.

Patients with advanced disease may require additional surgery, radiation therapy or immunotherapy following surgery.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. Your care team may use radiation by itself to treat certain types of skin cancers based on the size or location of the tumor, or to shrink tumors before surgery.

Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy delivered through medication that stimulates or suppresses your body's immune system to fight cancer. This is a promising new treatment for patients with Merkel cell carcinoma and potentially other types of skin cancer, particularly if it has spread to other parts of the body.

Targeted therapies: With targeted therapies, your care team uses drugs that more selectively target cancer cells with fewer side effects. This personalized form of medicine identifies unique characteristics of tumors that make them vulnerable to known drugs so therapy can be tailored to an individual's cancer.

Chemotherapy may be used to treat advanced skin cancers that have spread to other organs. It is not often used during initial treatment because of the availability of immunotherapy and targeted therapy.

Clinical Trials

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 skin cancer and other cutaneous malignancies offered anywhere. Our clinical researchers have helped pioneer new immunotherapies that have improved outcomes for many patients with various types of skin cancers including Merkel cell carcinoma.

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 program coordinator and our team of counselors, dietitians and social service professionals.

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Zachary S. Buchwald MD, PhD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Zachary S. Buchwald MD, PhD

Zachary S. Buchwald MD, PhD

Ragini Kudchadkar MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Ragini Kudchadkar MD
Ragini Kudchadkar MD

Ragini Kudchadkar MD

  • Dr. Kudchadkar specializes in the treatment of cancers of the skin including metastatic melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and other cutaneous malignancies.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0680

Michael C. Lowe MD, MA

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Michael C. Lowe MD, MA
Michael C. Lowe MD, MA

Michael C. Lowe MD, MA

  • Dr. Lowe specializes in the treatment of cutaneous malignancies including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0680

Margi McKellar MS, MMS PA-C

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

Margi McKellar MS, MMS 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) 778-0680

Erica S. Tarabadkar MD

  • Dermatologist
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                                 Erica S. Tarabadkar MD
Erica S. Tarabadkar MD

Erica S. Tarabadkar MD

  • Dr. Tarabadkar's clinical interest is in cutaneous oncology, particularly in treating patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and cutaneous toxicities.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3333

Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

  • Dermatologist
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                                 Jack Arbiser MD, PhD
Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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                                 Wendy Baer MD
Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

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

  • Ms. Barrett leads the nutritional services team at all Winship locations providing personalized nutrition advice to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Manager of Winship Dietitians, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5646

Travis W. Blalock MD

  • Dermatologist
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Travis W. Blalock MD

Travis W. Blalock MD

  • Dr. Blalock's primary focus is dermatologic surgery including treatment of skin cancers with a specialized surgical procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3333

Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C
Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C

Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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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

Keith Delman MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Keith Delman MD, FACS
Keith Delman MD, FACS

Keith Delman MD, FACS

Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD
Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

  • A Registered Dietitian, Ms. Huskey provides cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Winship Cancer Institute with personalized nutrition advice.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4526

Rachel Keller RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Rachel Keller RD, LD
Rachel Keller RD, LD

Rachel Keller RD, LD

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO

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

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO

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

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) 778-5000

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) 712-5947

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Provider
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                                 Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv
Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Caroline leads the Winship Spiritual Health Team in the work of offering compassionate, inclusive, supportive, evidence based care to patients, families and staff.
  • Director of Spiritual Health, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (470) 446-7844

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) 778-3333

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD
M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • A cancer pain management expert, Dr. Qadri collaborates with oncologists at Winship to treat patients with cancer suffering from chronic pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Margaret A. Riso MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Margaret A. Riso MD
Margaret A. Riso MD

Margaret A. Riso MD

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.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3333

Emily C. Vereen MSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Emily C. Vereen MSW
Emily C. Vereen MSW

Emily C. Vereen MSW

Nan Xiang MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Nan Xiang MD
Nan Xiang MD

Nan Xiang MD

Howa Yeung MD, MSc

  • Dermatologist
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                                 Howa Yeung MD, MSc
Howa Yeung MD, MSc

Howa Yeung MD, MSc

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Palliative Oncologist
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                                 Ali J. Zarrabi MD
Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

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