09 September 2013

American Academy of Dermatology launches mobile app to help physicians identify best candidates for Mohs surgery

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2013) —App designed to aid physicians with implementing appropriate use criteria in practice

Whether you are a Mohs surgeon, a general dermatologist, or other referring physician, the American Academy of Dermatology’s (Academy) new mobile app will provide users with evidence-based guidance on which types of skin cancer cases are most appropriate for Mohs surgery.

“Physicians must consider a variety of factors, including tumor and patient characteristics, when determining whether to use Mohs surgery for the treatment of skin cancer,” said board-certified dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “This new app is a great tool that will help dermatologists and other physicians provide the highest quality care to the patients who will benefit the most from this specialized surgery.”

Payers and purchasers may also find this new app helpful as they review and develop coverage policies for this surgical technique.

The free Mohs Surgery Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) app is available at and contains valuable clinical information including:

  • Decision support on the appropriateness of Mohs surgery for 270 unique scenarios.
  • Guided navigation through tumor and patient characteristics.
  • Color-coded body maps for high, medium, and low-risk areas.
  • Supplemental clinical algorithms.
  • Quick reference that can be shared with referring physicians and patients.

Mohs surgery is a specialized skin cancer surgery in which a dermatologist who has completed additional training in Mohs surgery is able to remove skin cancer layer by layer until the entire tumor has been removed. The Mohs surgeon uses a microscope to examine each tissue layer to look for cancer cells until no further ones are found at any spot around any edges of the tumor. This technique allows the Mohs surgeon to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, yet remove the entire cancer.  

The AUC for Mohs surgery was co-published as a manuscript in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) and Dermatologic Surgery. The Mohs AUC represents a collaborative initiative by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA), and the American Society for Mohs Surgery (ASMS). 

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Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).