Dermatology at VCU Health and Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center

Our dermatologists provide specialty care for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of common and more complex conditions related to the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.

Our team of specialists are highly skilled, focusing attention on the most medically advance research and dermatologic treatments.  As part of an academic medical center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Richmond, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, our Mohs micrographic surgeons are part of a comprehensive team uniquely trained to treat skin cancer through highly specialized care and diagnostic services.

What causes skin cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, each year approximately 3.3 million people develop skin cancer in the United States.  There are many factors that contribute to the formation of skin cancers; however, the most important factor is sun exposure.  Some patients can develop skin cancer in areas of the body that are no sun exposed, providing evidence that some skin cancers are genetically determined. Other causes of skin cancer include chronic infections, x-ray exposure, trauma and injury and a compromised immune system.

Why should skin cancers be removed?

Skin cancers represent cells that undergo predictable growth patterns. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.  Basal cell carcinomas grow slowly.  If left untreated, they may grow rather large, ulcerate and become locally destructive and disfiguring.  Only rarely does basal cell carcinoma spread throughout the body.  Squamous cell carcinomas are more aggressive and have the potential to spread to other areas of the body.  In order to prevent the cancer from spreading, it is important to have the identified skin areas removed.

Developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs in 1938, Mohs surgery is the most advanced and effective treatment for skin cancer, providing a cure rate of up to 99%.  Because the Mohs technique involves one physician who acts as a surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon, additional specialty training is necessary to practice Mohs micrographic surgery.  In the first part of the procedure, the surgeon removes the affected skin, which includes the visible portion of the legion.  Immediately after, the surgeon examines the tissue under a microscope.  

If the tissue examination shows the possibility of skin cancer remaining, the physician will remove additional skin.  This process will be repeated until there is no remaining diseased tissue.  Finally, the physician will reconstruct the area of the procedure, which may include sutures, skin flaps or grafts.  Mohs micrographic surgery allows the surgeon to remove only the cancerous tissue, minimizing the defect and promoting the best cosmetic results.  Because of this benefit, Mohs is the preferred treatment for lesions of the face, ears and other sensitive areas.

When your procedure is scheduled, a packet of information will be sent to you.  Some patients may be seen in our office prior to surgery, but most patients will be contacted by telephone to gather important health information.   A list of questions you will be asked is included in the packet.  When you receive it, please review the questions and be prepared to answer them when the interviewer calls.

Mohammed Dany, MD, PhD, is the Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery and the Director of Cosmetics and Laser Surgery for the Department of Dermatology at VCU Health.  After receiving his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Dany completed an internship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  He then completed his residency in Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  Dr. Dany received his training in Mohs Micrographic and Reconstructive Surgery during his fellowship at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine.

Dr. Dany is a board-certified dermatologist and is one of only a handful of Mohs surgeons in the greater Richmond area.  He is also a cutaneous oncologist, treating patients with rare tumors such as Merkle cell carcinoma, sebaceous carcinoma and Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.  His commitment to accuracy extends to cosmetic and laser surgery, where he enhances his patients' self-esteem through various procedures, including neurotoxin injections, hyaluronic acid filler injections and advanced laser treatments.  Dr. Dany is also an active researcher in the dermatologic field, with a particular interest in integrating molecular biology into the staging of skin cancers and identifying biomarkers that predict patient outcomes.

During your surgical visit, you will meet your surgeon and their team, which consists of nurses, histotechnicians, a scheduler, and possibly a fellow, who is a dermatologist seeking additional training in Mohs surgery.  All of these individuals work together to assure that you receive the highest quality care.

VCU Health at Stony Point provides a dermatologic office equipped for our Mohs micrographic surgery procedures.  In addition, our dedicated laboratory, which processes only our pathology specimens, has achieved accreditation through the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

The following information is needed for referrals:

  • patient demographics
  • last office visit note
  • pathology report
  • color photo of biopsy site

Contact information:


VCU Health Dermatology at Stony Point 9109
9109 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235

Office: (804) 327-8150
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
After hours: (804) 628-MOHS (6647)

If you have questions or concerns outside of regular office hours, please leave a message for the physician on-call.