Director, Mohs Micrographic and Dermatologic Surgery

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MSK Dermatologist Kishwer Nehal

About Me

I am a board-certified dermatologist with advanced fellowship training in cutaneous oncology, Mohs surgery, dermatologic surgery, and laser surgery. I specialize in the surgical treatment of early-stage melanoma and high risk non-melanoma skin cancers. I am the Director of Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Mohs surgery is a specialized surgical technique with high cure rates for high risk skin cancers allowing precise removal of skin cancers while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue.

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In my clinical research I am studying noninvasive imaging techniques including confocal microscopy to improve early detection of skin cancers and expedite margin detection of skin cancers during skin surgery.

Educating physicians and the public about the importance of early detection of skin cancer is important. To that end I direct MSK’s annual melanoma/skin cancer screening program. I participate in teaching residents in the field of cutaneous oncology and dermatologic surgery and serve as Program Director of the Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship at MSK and Weill Cornell Medical College.

I serve on the American Joint Committee on Cancer for staging of cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network panel for nonmelanoma skin cancer practice guidelines. I am an invited lecturer at national and international dermatology meetings and an author of many of journal articles and book chapters. I am also a peer reviewer for medical journals, including Archives of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery Journal, and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

  • Clinical Expertise: Early-stage Melanoma, Basal Cell, and Squamous Cell Carcinomas; Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers; Dermatologic Surgery; Mohs' Micrographic Surgery; Laser Surgery
  • Awards and Honors: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014-2016)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residencies: New York University Medical Center
  • Fellowships: New York University Medical Center
  • Board Certifications: Dermatology

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