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Melanoma specialists in Baltimore/Annapolis/DC?

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      Hi All,

      It's been awhile since I've been here. My husband Mac passed away in September 2016 from melanoma.

      Meanwhile yesterday my bio-mom who lives in the Annapolis Maryland area sent me a photo of a bleeding scabbing lesion on her leg that she did not show her dermatologist during her last visit. She guesses it has been there over 2 months in it's current bleeding scab state. 

      That is exactly how Mac's first melanoma presented. I advised her to get back to derm within 1 week to have the lesion removed and sent for pathology. 

      I don't live in Maryland anymore so I am not up to speed on the best melanoma specialists in the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area. Mac went to the Washington Cancer Institute at the Washington Hospital Center in 1998 and Moffitt here in Florida  in 2012 when his melanoma metastasized.

      I appreciate any recommendations so I will be at the ready when her pathology report comes back.


      Thanks so much!


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            Dear Sarah,

            I can vouch for Dr. Gibney at Georgetown who is there with Dr. Atkins (both are well known), Dr. Rapisuwon who may be saving my life  at Washington Hospital Centre (which is part of medstar and so associated with georgetown). I have also had useful second opinions from dr lipson at sibley in dc which is part of JHU

            Johns Hopikins in baltimore is bound to be fine and there is a good centre at Nova fairfax.

            plenty of good choices

            good luck Mark


            I've had SLNB and multiple WLE procedures at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore; the quality of the surgery was superb, both in terms of scarring and retention of function in the affected area (large excision at right elbow).

            Recommend their surgical oncology group without qualification.


              Hi Sarah,

              I see Dr. Sharfman at Johns Hopkins and he is great. I also hear good things about Dr. Lipson at Johns Hopkins.


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