Vishal A. Patel, MD Joins GW Cancer Center to Lead Multi-disciplinary Cutaneous Oncology Program

Dr. Patel is an accomplished Mohs/dermatologic surgeon and cutaneous oncologist
Vishal Patel

The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center is pleased to announce that Vishal A. Patel MD, FAAD, FACMS, an accomplished Mohs/Dermatologic surgeon and cutaneous oncologist, has joined the GW Cancer Center. He will serve as the director of the recently established Cutaneous Oncology Program at the GW Cancer Center.

"We are thrilled that a nationally recognized dermatologic surgeon and cutaneous oncologist like Dr. Patel has agreed to join us to establish and lead our unique and innovative comprehensive skin cancer program here in the District," said Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD, director of the GW Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Skin cancers are the fastest rising group of cancers in the U.S. and 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from skin cancer in their lifetime. Our multi-disciplinary team here at the GW Cancer Center will be uniquely positioned to streamline and coordinate care for advanced skin malignancies as well as research toward new therapies."

The Cutaneous Oncology Program at the GW Cancer Center is bringing together dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons, medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, and dermato-pathologists to provide comprehensive and personalized skin cancer care to patients. This program will also house the existing Supportive Onco-Dermatology and Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma multidisciplinary clinics.

Patel, who specializes in advanced cutaneous malignancies, specifically cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, most recently led the Division of Dermatologic Surgery and directed the High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic at Columbia University in New York City. “Here at GW, our cutaneous oncology program is unique because we provide patients access to multiple specialists throughout their treatment" said Alison Ehrlich, MD, MHS, FAAC, professor of dermatology, chair of Dermatology and director of clinical research at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. “Dr. Patel is an exceptional addition to our team and continues to enhance our reputation for high quality care and cutting edge research."

Patel received his medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his residency at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he was selected as chief resident and subsequently went on to complete a fellowship in Mohs/dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology, focusing on complex skin cancers and surgical reconstruction. Prior to joining the GW Cancer Center, Patel led the Division of Dermatologic Surgery and directed the High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic at Columbia University in New York City.

Patel’s clinical expertise and research interests include the medical and surgical management of high-risk skin cancers, including melanoma, squamous cell carcinomas, basal cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma, sarcomas, and other rare skin cancers. He has a special interest in immunocompromised patients, specifically solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients and patients with chronic leukemia/lymphoma. He has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and lectured nationally on these topics. He has over a decade’s worth of experience in research and teaching and will continue his research on high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

Patel is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Patel assumed his role in October 2018.


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