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RW Dermatology expands services to include Mohs surgery

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RW Dermatology, a female-owned private medical practice in Furlong, has expanded its offerings to include Mohs cancer surgery services.
With the addition of Mohs care, Dr. Rachel White recently welcomed Dr. Marheera Faris, a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, to the practice, which now has four providers (two physicians and two aestheticians).
Farsi grew up in South Georgia where she graduated as valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science and a minor in mathematics. She earned her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla., and completed her internship and dermatology residency at HCA Healthcare/USF Morsani College of Medicine GME: Largo Medical Center where she served as chief resident.
During her residency, Farsi was nominated for the “Resident of the Year” award, won the “Spirit of Julian Ngo” award, and won several regional and national dermatopathology competitions. Farsi was later appointed assistant program director of the dermatology residency program during which time she was awarded “Lecturer of the Year.” Farsi went on to complete her micrographic and dermatologic oncologic surgery fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla.
Farsi is active in education and enjoys mentoring medical students and dermatology residents. She is well-published in medical and surgical dermatology, including several textbooks. She is the oral narrator for the surgical dermatology chapter for the Derm In-Review Study Guide, and she has presented her work at several local, regional, and international conferences.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), American College of Mohs Surgeons (ACMS), American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), Women’s Dermatology Society (WDS), and American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, eating good food, listening to people’s life stories, and spending time with friends and family.

A fellowship trained Mohs surgeon is a board-certified dermatologist who has completed extensive training in Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology. This procedure offers a high cure rate for several types of skin cancers.
During the Mohs surgery, most patients remain awake and alert, which means it can be performed safely and comfortably in a medical office. On the day of surgery, each patient is prepped for the procedure after an in-depth discussion of what the day will entail including wound care instructions and post-operative considerations.
Prior to the surgery, an anesthetic is injected to minimize pain during the procedure. The skin cancer is surgically removed via an intricate technique to provide tissue sparing while removing the visible tumor. While the surgical layer is being processed in the lab, a bandage is placed over the area during the waiting process. The Mohs surgeon looks at the removed skin cancer under the microscope, and if there are any remaining cancer cells, another layer of skin is prepped for removal. This process is repeated until there are no remaining cancer cells visualized.
Once the skin cancer is cured, the Mohs surgeon will repair the open area taking into consideration what will provide the best cosmetic outcome. The team providing care during the procedure will ensure that all the wound care instructions are discussed in detail with scheduled follow up care for optimal outcomes and well-being.


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