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Waller Earns Board Certification in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery

Hattiesburg Clinic is proud to announce that William L. Waller, III, MD, FAAD, dermatologist with Hattiesburg Clinic Dermatology – South, has been certified by the American Board of Dermatology in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery.

Waller is one of the first in the nation to be double board-certified in Dermatology and Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery, also known as Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery has been used for decades, but this is the first time it has been offered as a board certification. Over the last five years, Waller has performed 1,100 Mohs surgeries at Dermatology – South.

“I am proud to be a part of the inaugural class of board-certified Mohs surgeons,” Waller said. “I am excited to offer my patients and Hattiesburg Clinic this service, which is now the gold standard for the treatment of many types of skin cancer, especially on the head and neck.”

Mohs surgery is minimally invasive and is performed in the office under local anesthesia. The surgeon begins by removing a thin layer of skin containing cancer cells and then examines the tissue under a microscope. Upon review, if any cancer cells remain at any of the edges, the surgeon will repeat the process until no more cancer cells are found. The layer-by-layer skin removal approach also allows surgeons to spare as much healthy skin as possible since they are only removing the skin with cancer cells.

“A significant advantage is that it has an extremely high cure rate and the highest cure rate of all treatments for basal and squamous cell skin cancers, which are two of the most common skin cancers,” Waller said. “Compared with other treatments, it has the lowest chance for recurrence of most types of skin cancer, often with superior cosmetic results.”

To learn more about Mohs Surgery and other services available at Dermatology – South, visit www.hattiesburgclinic.com/dermatology-south.

Emily Hall

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