Frances Walocko

Frances Walocko, MD, MEng

Mohs Surgeon

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Reconstruction
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Laser- and Light-Based Dermatology

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Assistant Attending Dermatologist
Get To Know Me

I am a dermatologic surgeon specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Additionally, I have experience in treating rare skin tumors, including:

  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
  • Sebaceous carcinoma
  • Microcystic adnexal carcinoma

I also have extensive training in cosmetic dermatology, with a special focus on non-surgical approaches to scar management. These treatment strategies include laser and light devices, as well as topical therapies (medications applied to the skin).

I see patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Skin Cancer Center Hauppauge.

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I believe that high-quality skin cancer care is comprehensive (care for the whole patient and all their needs) and includes both non-surgical and surgical options. I am a strong patient advocate and am attentive to personal preferences on treatment and quality of life. I work closely with doctors in other specialties, like medical oncology, to develop treatment plans that meet each patient’s goals.

Skin cancer is common on delicate areas of the body, such as the cheeks or nose. Mohs micrographic surgery is a tissue-sparing procedure used to remove skin cancer in sensitive areas where it’s important to preserve as much skin as possible, like the face. This highly-precise surgery allows us to take out the skin cancer while removing the least amount of healthy skin. My goal is to not only to help patients feel as comfortable as possible during skin cancer removal, but to also ensure that they are confident in and happy with the cosmetic results of skin cancer removal.

Outside of the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my husband, baby boy, and dog. We love taking family walks outside and exploring the various beaches on Long Island (with lots of sunscreen)!

 

My Role at MSK

A Mohs surgeon is a doctor with special training in treating skin cancer with Mohs surgery. This surgery removes cancer while keeping healthy tissue safe.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Reconstruction
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Laser- and Light-Based Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Cutaneous Oncology
  • Scar Treatment
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, University of Michigan
  • MEng, University of Michigan

Residencies

  • Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Fellowships

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology, Northwestern University

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology

Insurance Information

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Aetna

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (MTA retirees only)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Carrum Health

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

Cigna

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

MSK has a tentative agreement with Cigna to continue coverage in 2024.

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Fidelis

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

First Health

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Healthfirst

In Network Coverage Type
EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

In Network Coverage Type
PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Magnacare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

In Network Coverage Type
Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

MVP

In Network Coverage Type
PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

In Network Coverage Type
TBD

Oscar

In Network Coverage Type
HMO/EPO

Oxford

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Qualcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

UMR

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS

United Healthcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

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Contact and Location

Dr. Walocko sees patients at one location.

Location
Hauppauge, NY
800 Veterans Memorial Highway 2nd Floor Hauppauge NY 11788

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Colleagues

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Research and Publications

Walocko F, Christensen RE, Worley B, Alam M. Cutaneous Mesenchymal Sarcomas. Dermatol Clin. 2023 Jan;41(1):133-140. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2022.07.011. Epub 2022 Oct 28. PMID: 36410974.

Walocko FM, Carr C, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI. Margin Size for Unique Skin Tumors Treated With Mohs Micrographic Surgery: A Survey of Practice Patterns. Cutis. 2022 Sep;110(3):E21-E24. doi: 10.12788/cutis.0633. PMID: 36446119.

Walocko F, Chelliah P, Kolitz E, Awerman J, Nijhawan RI, Srivastava D. Basal cell carcinoma histopathologic upgrading and Mohs micrographic surgery: a single institution, retrospective review. Arch Dermatol Res. 2022 Sep;314(7):705-707. doi: 10.1007/s00403-021-02212-3. Epub 2021 Mar 8. PMID: 33683445.

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Walocko FM, Ly BC, White MS, Chen SC, Yeung H. Health-related quality of life measures and immune checkpoint inhibitors: A systematic review. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020 Apr;82(4):1004-1006. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.10.042. Epub 2019 Nov 1. PMID: 31678470; PMCID: PMC7078062.

Walocko FM, Scheier BY, Harms PW, Fecher LA, Lao CD. Metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma response to nivolumab. J Immunother Cancer. 2016 Nov 15;4:79. doi: 10.1186/s40425-016-0186-1. Erratum in: J Immunother Cancer. 2017 Mar 6;5:27. PMID: 27879975; PMCID: PMC5109712.

Publications on PubMed

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