Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery is a highly specialized surgical procedure to remove skin cancers.  Dr. Frederic Mohs, Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin developed this surgical procedure more than 50 years ago.

Diseases and diagnoses treated by UNC Dermatology Skin Cancer and Mohs Surgery include:

  • Basal cell carcinomas
  • Highly specialized Mohs treatment & Repairs Treatment
  • Other skin cancer
  • Squamous cell carcinomas


Mohs surgery involves three separate steps:

  1. The surgical removal or excision of tissue
  2. Processing the specimen for microscopic review
  3. The microscopic examination of the prepared slides

The Mohs Surgery Suite consists of several operating rooms and a comprehensive lab.  The UNC Mohs Clinic is a division of the UNC Department of Dermatology and Skin Center.  We are located in the Southern Village development in Chapel Hill.

Mohs PhotoLocation:
UNC Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center
410 Market Street, Suite 400
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Telephone: 984-974-3685
Fax: 984-974-3692

Financial Counselor:
Telephone: 984-974-4798

UNC accepts most insurance plans

Physician referrals are required for Mohs clinic appointments.  Referrals for patients with basal and squamous cell carcinomas as well as a variety of other cutaneous malignancies (Merkel cell carcinomas, sweat gland carcinomas) should be made after confirmed by a biopsy.  The physician's office may contact our office by telephone to initiate the referral so appropriate demographic and clinical information can be collected before appointments are made for the patient.  Due to the insurance requirements of many plans, it is necessary to send insurance information as part of the patient referral.  As a service to patients, UNC files insurance plans for patients.  Should patients need additional assistance or have specific insurance questions, we have a financial counselor available.  Follow up care is coordinated with the referring physician.

Your Physicians:
Brad G. Merritt, MD
Raj Varma, MD