Melanoma, Non-Melanoma, & Pigmented Lesions Clinic

Skin Cancer Treatment in Washington, DC

Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers with melanoma being the cause of the majority of skin cancer deaths. The incidence of melanoma continues to increase and it has become one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, especially among young adult women ages 20-39. This year, an estimated 73,000 melanomas will be diagnosed in the U.S.

At The GW Medical Faculty Associates, we take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of melanoma. Our team includes dermatology, plastic surgery, medical oncology, genetic counseling, and dermatopathology.

Dr. Vishal Patel holds a weekly melanoma and pigmented lesion clinic to provide ongoing surveillance of patients with a personal history of melanoma. In addition, we also see patients at elevated risk of melanoma including those with a personal history of dysplastic nevi (atypical moles) or a family history of melanoma. For patients with numerous dysplastic nevi, we utilize total body photography ('mole mapping') to assess for new or changing lesions.

For new patients, referrals, or consultations regarding Cutaneous Oncology please call 202-741-2210 or email

Referring physicians and outside providers, please fax biopsy results or prior records to (202) 741-2609 if referring a patient.