About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer begins in the epidermis, which is made up of three kinds of cells:

  • Squamous cells: Thin, flat cells that form the top layer of the epidermis.
  • Basal cells: Round cells under the squamous cells.
  • Melanocytes: Cells that make melanin and are found in the lower part of the epidermis. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its natural color. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes make more pigment and cause the skin to darken.

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Skin Cancer Medical Team

Surgical Oncologist

A surgical oncologist is a surgeon who specializes in the surgical removal of cancerous tumors.

J. Camilo Barreto, M.D.
J. Camilo Barreto, M.D.
Surgical Oncologist
J. Ralph Broadwater, M.D.
J. Ralph Broadwater, M.D.
Surgical Oncologist
Kent C. Westbrook, M.D.
Kent C. Westbrook, M.D.
Surgical Oncologist

Medical Oncologist

Medical oncologists specialize in the treatment of solid tumors, usually with chemotherapy or by referral to a surgeon for removal of the tumor.

Fade Aziz Mahmoud, M.D.
Fade Aziz Mahmoud, M.D.
Medical Oncologist

Dermatologist

A dermatologist treats diseases, in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.

Ling Gao, Ph.D., M.D.
Ling Gao, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatologist Oncologist
Thomas Jennings, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Jennings, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatologic Surgeon
Henry K. Wong, Ph.D., M.D.
Henry K. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatologic Surgeon

Radiation Oncologist

A radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancers with radiation therapy by using high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells.

Loverd Michael Peacock, M.D.
Loverd Michael Peacock, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Fen Xia, M.D., Ph.D.
Radiation Oncologist

Palliative Care

Palliative Care doctors focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

Megan Davis, M.D.
Palliative Care
Sarah E. Harrington, M.D.
Sarah E. Harrington, M.D.
Palliative Care
Heather Moore M.D.
Heather Moore, M.D.
Palliative Care
Elizabeth Rogers, M.D.
Elizabeth Rogers, M.D.
Palliative Care
Clark Smith M.D.
Clark Smith, M.D.
Palliative Care

Geneticist

A geneticist is a biologist who studies genetics, the science of genes, heredity, and variation of organisms.

Kent D. McKelvey Jr., M.D.
Kent D. McKelvey Jr., M.D.
Geneticist

Interventional Radiologist

Interventional Radiologists diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes.

James Meek, M.D.
James Meek, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist
Mollie Meek, M.D.
Mollie Meek, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist

Skin Cancer Support Team

Carrie Calhoon
Carrie Calhoon, LCSW
Social Worker
Peggy Cosgrove
Peggy Cosgrove
Dietitian
Harriet Farley
Harriet Farley, LCSW
Social Worker
Shayna Fendley, LCSW
Shayna Fendley, LCSW
Social Work
Kim Kenser. LCSW
Kim Kenser, LCSW
Social Worker
Dana McClendon
Dana McClendon
Dietitian
Michelle Morgan
Michelle Morgan
Dietitian
Leann Mullens
Leann Mullens
Dietitian
Ryan Pritchard, PharmD
Ryan Pritchard, PharmD
Pharmacist
Pam Prutzman
Pam Prutzman
Dietitian
Amanda Tennyson
Amanda Tennyson
Dietitian