Given the current CDC guidelines and restrictions in the State of Washington and the city of Seattle, it has been decided that the American College of Mohs Surgery 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually. There will be no on-site events or sessions.

Final Program

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  • Welcome Message from the President & Program Chair
  • Full Scientific Program
  • Special Events
  • CME information and learning objectives
  • Guest speaker biographies
  • Speaker and exhibitor listings

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Program at a Glance

Wednesday, May 5  /  Thursday, May 6   /  Friday, May 7  /  Saturday, May 8   /  Sunday, May 9

Wednesday, May 5

9:00 am- 1:00 pm  CDT

Cutaneous Flap Workshop (Fellows-in-Training and Associate Applicants)

Directors: Mariah R. Brown, MD, FACMS; David R. Carr, MD, MPH, FACMS; Christine H. Weinberger, MD, FACMS
Faculty: Ramona Behshad, MD; Jeremy S. Bordeaux, MD, MPH, FACMS; David L. K. Chen, MD; Matthew C. Fox, MD, FACMS; Nicholas J. Golda, MD, FACMS; Allison M. Hanlon, MD, PhD, FACMS; Iren Kossintseva, MD, FRCPC; Joy H. Kunishige, MD, FACMS; Franki Lambert Smith, MD, FACMS; Matthew R. LeBoeuf, MD, PhD; Ian A. Maher, MD, FACMS; Brad Merritt, MD, FACMS; Misha D. Miller, MD, FACMS; Kira Minkis, MD, FACMS; Llana Pootrakul, MD, PhD; Melissa Pugliano-Mauro, MD, FACMS; Dominic Ricci, MD; Seaver Soon, MD; William G. Stebbins, MD, FACMS; Ashley Wysong, MD, MS, FACMS

Workshop directors Drs. Mariah R. Brown, David R. Carr, and Christine H. Weinberger, alongside course faculty, will demonstrate and instruct Fellows-in-Training & Associate Applicants on how to perform multiple skin flaps. Pre-workshop lectures that cover foundational knowledge for cutaneous surgery will be provided. The workshop will focus on performing key flaps through targeted lectures and small group sessions with seasoned faculty. This will be an invaluable experience to gain individualized knowledge by working alongside experienced Mohs surgeons

10:00 am- 1:15 pm CDT

Nail Surgery Symposium (ACMS members)

Director: Thomas J. Knackstedt, MD, FACMS
Nathaniel J. Jellinek, MD, FACMS; Christopher J. Miller, MD, FACMS; Jeanie Wade, HT (ASCP)
Guest Speakers: Eckart Haneke, MD, PhD; Bertrand Richert, MD, PhD

Directed by Dr. Thomas Knackstedt, the Nail Surgery Symposium is geared towards all nail surgeons, from beginner and intermediate to advanced levels. Participants will be instructed on:

  1. How to avulse the nail in several fashions (partial and complete)
  2. Perform multiple different nail procedures (including punch, shave, and longitudinal techniques)
  3. Optimize outcomes in Mohs surgery for squamous cell carcinoma - in the lab and at the bedside
  4. Treat nail melanoma with en bloc excision of all nail tissues or Mohs surgery
Approaches to patient assessment, including surgical planning, equipment/suture selection, and anatomical considerations to optimize outcomes will be covered. Anatomy, as it relates to safe surgical technique, will be stressed. Procedural videos will be encouraged by all presenters.
4:00 - 5:00 pm CDT

Mohs Surgery Histotechnology and Lab Setup Workshop (Fellows-in-Training and Associate Applicants)

Director: Linda Cesario, DPM, HT (ASCP)
Faculty: Daniel H. Gong, MS, MSO, C-PM; Marilyn McCulloch, CLT

A high-quality microscopic slide is critical for complete diagnostic interpretation, resulting in optimal patient care. This workshop will cover grossing/mapping, embedding, hands-on cryosectioning, and routine staining. How does the surgical component affect the laboratory outcome? We will also discuss lab setup, including the CLIA application process


Thursday, May 6

9:00 – 10:15 am Concurrent Morning Mini-Sessions:
  • 103.1 Tightening up your Takedowns: Improving Outcomes with Multi-stage Repairs (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.2 Fellows-in-Training/Young Surgeons Practice Startup Pearls for Private, Group, and Academic Practice (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.3 Eyelid Reconstruction: From Practical Anatomy to Repairing Full-Thickness Defects (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.4 Understanding New Technologies and their Impact on Our Practice (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 103.5 Tumors in Skin of Color: Presentation and Management Considerations (1.25 Credit Hours)
10:30 – 11:00 am Welcome & AAD Update (0.50 Credit Hour)
11:00 – 11:30 am Literature Review: The Best of 2020-21 (0.50 Credit Hour)
11:30 am – 9:30 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
11:30 am – 12:15 pm  Contentious Concepts: Major Disputes on Everyday Problems (0.75 Credit Hour)
12:15 – 12:30 pm Break /Virtual Exhibit Hall Open (CME not offered)
12:30 – 1:15 pm Tromovitch Award Abstract Session (0.75 Credit Hour)
1:15  – 2:00 pm Update on 'Rare' Tumors (0.75 Credit Hour)
2:00 – 3:00 pm Networking Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall Open  (CME not offered)
3:00 – 3:45 pm Simple vs. Complex Repairs for Common Defects (0.75 Credit Hour)
3:45 – 4:30 pm Clinical Abstract Session (0.75 Credit Hour)
4:30 – 4:45 pm Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall Open (CME not offered)
4:45 – 5:45 pm Afternoon at the Movies: Videos of ‘difficult techniques’ (1.00 Credit Hour) ♦
5:45 – 6:30 pm Game Changers: Cutting Edge Treatments Relevant to the Mohs Surgeon (0.75 Credit Hour)
6:30 – 7:30 pm Practice Pearls from the Masters (1.00 Credit Hour)

♦ Indicates advanced expertise level course


Friday, May 7

9:00 – 10:15 am Concurrent Morning Mini-Sessions:
  • 202.1 Pearls for Running an Efficient Mohs Laboratory (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 202.2 Pearls for Nail Surgery (1.25 Credit Hours) ♦
  • 202.3 Mohs for Melanoma: Technique, Immunostaining, and Tips for Success (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 202.4 International Perspectives on Mohs Surgery (1.25 Credit Hours)
    Guest Speaker: J. Marcus Muche, MD, PhD; Abel González, MD
  • 202.5 Multi-subunit Reconstruction Multi-subunit Reconstruction (1.25 Credit Hours)
10:30 – 11:15 am Identifying and Managing High-Risk Tumors (0.75 Credit Hour)
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Treating Cancer in a More Diverse Population and Increasing Diversity of the Mohs WorkForce (0.75 Credit Hour)
Guest Speaker: L. Claire Hollins, MD
11:30 am – 8:30 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall open
12:00 – 12:15 pm Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall open (CME not offered)
12:15 – 12:45 pm Policy and Payor Update (0.50 Credit Hour)
12:45 – 1:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Richard Anderson (0.75 Credit Hour)
1:30  – 2:15 pm Tumor Board (0.75 Credit Hour).
Guest Panelists: Samir S. Khariwala, MD, MS, FACS; Hilda E. Stambuk, MD; Christopher Wilke, MD, PhD
2:15 – 4:00 pm ACMS Annual Business Meeting (Non-CME Session)
Non-members; visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall
4:00 – 4:30 pm Fellow-in-Training Clinicopathologic Case Competition Award Winners (0.50 Credit Hour)
4:30 – 5:15 pm Digital Diagnostic Quality Control Exam Review (0.75 Credit Hour)
5:15 – 5:30 pm Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall Open (CME not offered)
5:30 – 6:15 pm Scientific Abstract Session (0.75 Credit Hour)
6:15 – 6:45 pm Pathologic Conundrums: An Audience Response Session (0.50 Credit Hour)
6:45 – 7:00 pm Using Data to Improve Outcomes in Mohs Surgery (0.25 Credit Hour)
7:00 – 7:30 pm Teach Us One Thing: Practical Pearls for Mohs, Reconstruction, and Revision (0.50 Credit Hour)
7:30 – 8:30 pm Virtual Program Directors’ Session (Non-CME Session)
8:30 – 10:00 pm Virtual Fellows-in-Training Reception (CME Not offered)

♦ Indicates advanced expertise level course


Saturday, May 8

9:00 – 10:15 am Concurrent Morning Mini-Sessions:
  • 302.1 Perfecting Paramedians: Two and Three-stage Nasal Repair (1.25 Credit Hours) ♦
  • 302.2 Using Cartilage to Improve Your Repairs (1.25 Credit Hours) ♦
  • 302.3 Reconstruction of the Ear (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 302.4 Frozen Section Mimickers (1.25 Credit Hours)
  • 302.5 Pearls and Pitfalls for the Early Career Mohs Surgeon (1.25 Credit Hours)
10:30 – 11:15 am Board Review I (0.75 Credit Hour)
11:15 am– 12:00 pm Board Review II (0.75 Credit Hour)
11:30 am – 6:00 pm Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
12:00 – 12:15 pm Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall Open (CME not offered)
12:15 – 1:00 pm Board Review III (0.75 Credit Hour)
12:00  – 2:00 pm Board Review IV (1.00 Credit Hour)
2:00 – 3:00 pm Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall (CME not offered)
3:00 – 3:45 pm What’s New in Adjuvant Therapy: Emerging therapies and controversies (0.75 Credit Hour)
3:45 –5:30 pm Rapid Pearls Abstract Session (0.75 Credit Hour)
4:30 – 5:15 pm Tips for Tough Layers (0.75 Credit Hour)
5:15 – 5:30 pm Break / Virtual Exhibit Hall Open (CME not offered)
5:30 – 6:15 pm How Would You Repair It? (0.75 Credit Hour)
6:15 – 6:45 pm Facial Nerve Anatomy for the Mohs Surgeon (0.50 Credit Hour)
Guest Speaker: Jason G. Newman, MD
6:45 – 7:30 pm Trivia Night! Board Review Can Be Fun (0.75 Credit Hour)

♦ Indicates advanced expertise level course


Sunday, May 9

10:00 – 11:45 am Board Review V  (1.75 Credit Hour)
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Break (CME not offered)
12:00  – 2:00 pm Board Review VI (2.00 Credit Hours)
2:00 pm Meeting Adjourned