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Our Melanoma Center is designed to give you the comprehensive care and attention you deserve. With access to a multidisciplinary team, our patients benefit from a coordinated approach to treating, managing, and preventing every type of melanoma. You’re in good hands with us. Benefits of our center include:

  • We offer patients personalized treatment plans according to their specific needs. These may include standard screenings for low-risk patients to full body scans for patients at a higher risk. We also offer advanced procedures such as IL-2 immunotherapy, giving our patients even more hope against aggressive forms of melanoma.
  • Our surgeons are skilled and experienced in a range of procedures, from standard mole removals to more comprehensive head and neck surgery and even plastic surgery. This diverse knowledge means our patients can get all their needs met in one place.
  • As a major academic facility, we are constantly conducting research to improve our understanding of melanoma and other skin cancers. As a result, our patients can get access to clinical trials for promising treatments.

Call us at (212) 305-9676 to make an appointment. You can also fill out our appointment request form.

We’re located at:

Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
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Our Programs and Services

The Melanoma Center’s extensive list of patient programs and services ensures that your treatment is comprehensive and tailored to your needs. Learn more about what we can do to treat melanoma, help you recover, and prevent it from recurring. 

Scans and Screenings

Your comprehensive care begins with a thorough screening from your scalp to your toes by one of our dermatologists. This visual check helps us catch any signs of possible cancer so we can treat it and keep it from spreading further. 

For high-risk patients, we offer full body scans with MoleMap technology. This procedure images as much skin as possible, then uses a dermoscopic camera that takes detailed photographs of any moles, lesions, or other potentially cancerous spots. These images are then studied by a dermatologist and can be archived for reference later, helping us track the progress of certain areas and improve your treatment plan. This procedure is non-invasive.

Non-Surgical Therapies

We offer the full spectrum of non-surgical options for your melanoma treatment. This includes general chemotherapy as well as targeted radiation therapy. For instance, gamma knife surgery is a completely non-invasive form of radiation that lets us send beams of highly focused gamma radiation at a tumor or lesion, sparing healthy skin while destroying the cancer.

Surgical Therapies

If surgery is needed, you will get access to a talented team of surgeons experienced at excising cancerous or precancerous tissue with minimal, if any, scarring. In order to detect if your cancer has spread further, we may also perform a sentinel lymph node biopsy — allowing us to come up with the most effective treatment plan for you.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that uses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells. If you have malignant melanoma, you will get access to one of the most successful forms of immunotherapy: interleukin-2 (IL-2). We are one of the only high-dose IL-2 center in New York City.

Research and Clinical Trials

As one of the nation’s largest academic centers, we are constantly conducting new research on melanoma. This means you will have the opportunity to participate in any of our ongoing clinical trials, giving you early access to promising new treatments.

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To take advantage of our programs and services, call us at (212) 305-9676 to make an appointment or fill out our online appointment request form


Meet Our Team

Patients who come to Columbia’s Melanoma Center will find a multidisciplinary team of doctors, surgeons, and nurses who are committed to the study, treatment, and prevention of all forms of melanoma. 

Oncological Surgeon

An oncological surgeon is a doctor who specializes in the surgical treatment of cancer. They are responsible for performing surgical biopsies, as well as for conducting any surgical procedures to remove tumors or treat cancerous areas. 

Bret Taback, MD
Director, Melanoma Center


Dermatologist

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the skin, scalp, nails, and mucous membrane. They do the initial examination for any moles, lesions, or other suspicious marks that may be a sign of melanoma. They’ll likely be one of the first doctors you see.

Laura J. Geskin, MD
Dermatologist


Oncologists

An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They help determine if the melanoma has spread beyond the skin to the lymph nodes or other organs. If it has, they will create a treatment plan and continually follow up to monitor its effectiveness.

Richard D. Carvajal, MD
Oncologist

Gary K. Schwartz, MD
Oncologist

Yvonne Saenger, MD
Oncologist


Other Specialists We Work With

  • Dermatopathologist: A dermatopathologist is a doctor who specializes in the study of skin diseases at a microscopic level. They can confirm the diagnosis of a dermatologist by looking at a sample of skin that was taken during a biopsy. 
  • Radiation Oncologist: A radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in using radiation treatments to reduce and remove cancerous growths. They are responsible for examining the patient to determine the proper dose of radiation, and will work closely with the dosimetrist to create a plan to deliver the radiation safely and effectively.


If you have a question for our team or want to schedule an appointment, you can call us at (212) 305-9676. You can also fill out our appointment request form.


What Is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that originates in the cells that produce melanin, which gives skin its color. By most measures, melanoma is one of the most common forms of cancer. 

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Resources and More

Get information about who to contact, learn more about melanoma and its treatments, and read about the experiences of our past patients.

Contact Information

Reach out to us anytime to make an appointment, get a question answered, or to just hear about our program. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Phone: (212) 305-9676
  • Fax: (212) 342-1522
  • Address: 161 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032

To request an appointment, call us at the number above or use our online request form.

Planning & Preparing

Stories & Perspectives

  • Stan Adler had more tumors than his doctors could count. He beat the odds with high-dose IL-2 therapy. Read Stan’s story »

More Resources

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If you or your loved one is dealing with melanoma, we’re here to help. Call us at (212) 305-9676 to make an appointment or fill out our online request form.