Mohs Skin Cancer Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most advanced and effective procedure available today to treat skin cancer. This state-of-the-art treatment is performed by dermatologists who are trained in the specialized technique.  This is the most precise method of tumor removal, minimizing the chance of cancerous re-growth while leaving the smallest scar. Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – over a 99 percent cure rate. The Mohs procedure is the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas because the accuracy of the microscopic surgical procedure. Mohs surgery has become the gold standard of treatment of skin cancer.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer and affects one out of every 5 Americans. It is most often caused by overexposure to the sun. If diagnosed early through a biopsy, BCC can be treated easily by a few different methods such as: topical creams, curettage-electrodessication, cryosurgery or if necessary, surgical removal. Treatments vary and are best determined by a qualified dermatologist.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. Most cases are caused by overexposure to the sun; however some SCCs can occur spontaneously or are inherited. Most are not serious if identified and treated early. Advanced, SCC can be harder to treat and possibly cause disfigurement. It may even become life threatening. With early detection from a biopsy by a qualified dermatologist, SCC can be treated as easily as by application of topical medicine, surgical excision and/or other treatments determined by your dermatologist.


Heidi Anderson-Dockter, M.D.

Dr. Anderson graduated with highest honors from the University of Virginia College of Medicine. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago and dermatology residency at Roger Williams Medical Center which is nationally recognized for both medical and surgical dermatology. In her third year of dermatology residency, she served as the chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Anderson completed a Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center. She initially was a faculty member at Roger Williams Medical Center and trained resident dermatologists in general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Anderson has written numerous articles on general and surgical dermatology topics. Her work has been published in journals including Dermatologic Surgery and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has also spoken at national meetings on the topics of Dermatologic Surgery and Dermatopathology.

Dr. Anderson is board certified in dermatology, and a member of the American College of Mohs Surgeons, American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. She is also a member of many honorary societies including AOA and Phi Beta Kappa.

As a Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Anderson has completed an intense one-year fellowship that is approved by the American College of Mohs Surgeons. She is an expert in all aspects of skin cancer surgery. This includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, as well as other forms of skin cancer. Dr. Anderson specializes in the diagnosis and repair of skin lesions, including cosmetic reconstruction following skin cancer removal, skin grafts, and skin flaps.

Dr. Anderson-Dockter

Heidi Anderson-Dockter, MD

American Academy of Dermatology  American Society for Dermatologic Surgery  American College of Mohs Surgery