Mohs Micrographic surgery is the most advanced and effective skin cancer treatment available today. As the most exact and precise of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of cancer recurrence and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.
This outpatient procedure utilizes a laboratory, microscope, and tumor maps to evaluate 100% of the surgical margin. With this technique, we are able to track skin cancer down to its roots. It offers the highest chance for cure of any removal technique.
Why Does My Skin Cancer Need Mohs Surgery?
Mohs Surgery is appropriate when:
- The cancer is in an area where it is important to preserve healthy tissue for maximal cosmesis and function such as the nose, eyelids, lips, ears, fingers, toes and genitals.
- The cancer has recurred after a previous treatment
- The cancer is large
- The edges of the cancer are difficult to see with the naked eye
- The tumor has aggressive characteristics
For other details on Mohs surgery, visit https://www.mohssurgery.org/patient-resources/patient-faqs/
Meet Dr. Shors
Dr. Andrew Shors received his M.D. with honors distinction from the University of Washington and then completed his dermatology residency in Seattle as chief resident. His strong interest in skin cancer led him to publish multiple articles on melanoma. In 2007, he was named the director of the Group Health Cooperative Dermatology and Mohs surgery services, which provided care for over 500,000 Washington residents. He was the primary surgical dermatologist for over a decade with Group Health, and worked closely with two Mohs surgeons in providing surgical care for skin cancer. During this time he became proficient at reconstructive procedures such as skin and cartilage grafting, complex repairs, and flaps. In 2015, he dedicated an additional year to learning Mohs surgery with one of the surgeons in his clinic. Prior to bringing Mohs surgery to the Flathead Valley, he assisted in over 800 Mohs procedures. This was in addition to the thousands of facial repairs he has done over his career. Since starting the Mohs surgery service at Dermatology Associates, Dr. Shors receives referrals from throughout Northwest Montana and performs 700-850 Mohs procedures annually. He averages 1.7 Mohs stages per skin cancer, which is considered an excellent benchmark.
Dr. Shors was voted by his peers as one of the top dermatologists in Seattle 9 times during his time there. These surveys were published in Seattle Met and Seattle magazines. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington, and a fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology, and a member of the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative and Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He is a past president of the Seattle Dermatologic Society. A native of Cut Bank, his medical career has taken him to hospitals in Africa and South America. His wife, Dr. Heidi Shors, is an upper extremity surgeon at Northwest Orthopedics, and they have three children.