Dr. David Pate is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at Northshore Dermatology. He specializes in general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. He is an expert at the diagnosis and management of skin cancers. He has been fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, one of the most effective state-of-the-art procedures for treating skin cancer.
Dr. Pate received his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Afterwards, he completed his dermatology residency at Texas Tech, then a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at the University of Washington.
About Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. It is a skin sparing treatment, which means that tissue is taken in levels, processed and inspected microscopically to see the cancer at the cellular level. After inspection, if cancer cells are still present, the surgeon will go back and remove more skin from the area of positivity. As a result, your healthy tissue is spared and you will be left with the smallest possible scar. In most cases, the closure of the defect is done right after surgery.