Michael James

Michael James Davis, MD

Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Dermatologic Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancer

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
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Get To Know Me

I am a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who cares for people with skin cancer. My clinic is dedicated to the treatment of all types of skin cancer, with an emphasis on:

Most skin cancers are found on the head and neck or on other cosmetically sensitive areas. Because skin cancer can affect delicate parts of the body, like the face, it is important to preserve as much healthy skin as possible when we remove the cancer. Mohs micrographic surgery is a tissue-sparing procedure that I use to remove skin cancer in sensitive areas like these.

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I have advanced fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery, cutaneous (skin) reconstruction, and other types of dermatologic surgery and laser treatments. This includes complex reconstruction, skin grafting, and laser-based scar treatment.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I work closely with other experts in surgery and medical oncology to advance skin cancer therapy while providing excellent patient care. We are deeply committed to getting our patients the best, most advanced treatment for their cancer, so they can comfortably and safely return to their daily routines.

Fortunately, the overall prognosis (outcome) for most skin cancers is very good. However, some people, including those on immunosuppressive therapies (drugs that suppress the immune system), those who have another type of cancer, or those who have previously received radiation therapy require a unique approach to care. We personalize treatment to the needs of each person who comes to us for care. No two patients are the same, so no two treatment plans should be the same. This individualized approach helps us meet our patients’ treatment goals, respect their needs and wishes, and effectively treat their cancer.

Personalizing treatment goes beyond the specific therapy that my patients and I choose to target the cancer. Surgery can be a very personal experience, particularly when we need to remove skin cancer from delicate areas of the body. I take the time to listen to each of my patients. I learn what they are and are not comfortable with from a surgical perspective, and I communicate honestly about what they can expect from surgery. The relationships that I build with my patients are founded on comfort and trust.

My Role at MSK

A dermatologist is a doctor with special training in skin, hair, and nails.

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
  • Dermatologic Surgery, Cutaneous Oncology
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancer
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Emory University School of Medicine

Residencies

  • Dermatology, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Fellowships

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, Scripps Clinic

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology

Insurance Information

Understanding your insurance options is an important part of managing your cancer care. We have relationships with many common healthcare providers and plans.

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

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Emblem to learn more.

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

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Fidelis to learn more.

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

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Healthfirst to learn more.

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

Don't see your carrier or plan? We can help you understand your coverage.

If you don't have health insurance or are worried that your care may not be fully covered, our financial assistance programs may be able to help.

If you have questions about insurance, call us at 646-497-9176.

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Davis’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

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