News Release

December 5, 2008

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Dr. Siobhan C. Collins, Mohs Micrographic Surgeon, Joins UConn Health Center

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Siobhan C. Collins, M.D., a dermatologist with specialized training in Mohs micrographic surgery, today’s most effective technique to remove common types of skin cancer, has joined the Department of Dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treatment of skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia that combines the surgical removal of the cancerous growth with immediate microscopic evaluation of the tissue and reconstruction of the surgical defect. It allows the Mohs surgeon to remove the entire tumor one layer at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched and therefore resulting in the smallest possible scar. The procedure is commonly done on the face where maximum tissue preservation is critical for cosmetic and functional reasons, but it can be done on all areas of the body.

UConn’s Department of Dermatology has a strong Mohs surgery program. Dr. Collins is now the third Mohs surgeon, joining James Whalen, M.D. and Hanspaul S. Makkar, M.D.

In addition, Dr. Collins has expertise in the treatment of nail tumors and nail surgery.

Dr. Collins is a graduate of Tufts University and the UConn School of Medicine. She completed both her residency in dermatology and fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction surgery at Brown Medical School in Providence.

Dr. Collins is seeing patients in the dermatology offices of UConn Health Center in Farmington and UConn Health Partners in East Hartford. For more information or to make an appointment, call 800-535-6232.

Caption: Dr. Siobhan Collins, a Mohs surgeon, is now seeing patients in the Department of Dermatology at the UConn Health Center in Farmington and UConn Health Partners in East Hartford.

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