Watch Megan Gibbons story, a 19 year-old freshman diagnosed with stage 3A melanoma skin cancer and given 5 years left to live before receiving a second opinion, and chance at life, at Cleveland Clinic's Melanoma Clinic.
Skin cancer is a tumor or growth of abnormal cells in our skin, and is the most common form of cancer people get in the United States. There are several types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Melanoma, which means "black tumor", is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States, and is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Melanoma can affect any area of the body, and approximately 30% of melanomas begin in existing moles.
Experts in the Cleveland Clinic Melanoma Clinic work to treat melanoma skin cancers through the complete removal of the tumor, while saving as much healthy skin as possible. Treatment of melanoma depends on the stage of cancer. Our Melanoma Clinic physicians and surgeons also have experience treating complex and aggressive melanoma cases, including those of the head and neck, and provide reconstructive options to ensure optimization of cosmetic and functional outcomes.
Call to make an appointment or to speak with one of our Melanoma Clinic specialists:
Toll-free: 1.800.223.2273 ext. 42501
Why Choose Us
At Cleveland Clinic's Melanoma Clinic, patients have access to a team of dermatologists and plastic surgeons who specialize in removing melanomas and reconstructing areas on the entire body including the head, neck and hand. Assisted by our Taussig Cancer Institute oncologists, radiation oncologists, specialty nurses and social workers, patients receive the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach at one time and in one location for the best and most efficient care.
As a result, with only a single appointment patients not only get the highest standard of care but members of a team that are highly involved in all areas of research for melanoma. This means state-of-the-art treatments, bringing hope to those who previously had no treatment options for their cancers.
Outcomes of melanoma patients at Cleveland Clinic's Melanoma Clinic compare favorably with data published nationally, and in some stages patients were found to have a better survival rate than that documented in multicenter studies.
We also offer patients reconstructive surgery options for those with large or complex melanoma removals.
Make An Appointment
Call to make an appointment or to speak with one of our Melanoma Clinic specialists locally at 216.444.2501 or toll-free 800.223.2273 ext. 42501.
Meet Our Team
- Brian Gastman, MD
Head and Neck Surgeon
Head of Plastic Surgery Oncology
- Erin Lavelle
Department of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistant
- Pierre Triozzi, MD
Lead Oncologist for Melanoma
- Ernest Borden, MD
Consultant to Melanoma clinic
- Shlomo Koyfman, MD
- Jennifer Yu, MD, PhD
- Allison Vidimos, MD
Chairman, Department of Dermatology
- Philip Bailin, MD, MBA
Cleveland Clinic welcomes the opportunity to partner with you in caring for your patients. Our dedicated Referring Physician team is available around-the-clock and committed to serving you and your patients.
Please contact our Referring Physician Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all your needs, by calling 855.REFER.123 (855.733.3712).
Contact the Referring Physician Hotline to obtain information on our clinical specialists and services; schedule and confirm patient appointments; receive assistance in the resolution of any service-related issues; and connect with Cleveland Clinic specialists.
When contacting us to schedule your patients, please have the following information readily available:
- Patient demographic information
- Diagnosis/Reason for visit
- Any special needs that will require facilitation once the patient arrives
- Patient insurance information, if available
We will work with your patient to complete the registration process and to schedule an appointment at the patient's convenience. You will be notified once the appointment is scheduled.
To contact our Melanoma Clinic, call 216.444.2501 (toll-free 1.800.223.2273 ext. 42501) or fax us at 216.444.9419.
Cleveland Clinic surgical dermatologist Dr. Philip Bailin discusses the new handheld device for detecting dangerous skin lesions such as melanoma.
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