A Letter from Dr. Morrow

I wanted to send out a letter to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Meghan Morrow and I am very excited to have joined Advanced Dermatology this past August! I am a Board Certified Dermatologist and a fellowship trained dermatologic surgeon, specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. I am from the East Coast and graduated magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. I completed my medical school, internship, and dermatology residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. I then moved to Chicago to complete my Procedural Dermatology fellowship at Northwestern University. This fellowship is accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), and the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). During my Mohs surgery fellowship, I received additional training in dermatopathology, complex tumors, and challenging reconstruction. I have been practicing in the Chicago suburbs for the past few years. At Advanced Dermatology, I will be focusing on surgical dermatology and the treatment of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. I can also help you with the removal of benign lesions such as moles, cyst, and other unwanted growths. For those of you who have not heard of Mohs surgery, it is the gold-standard treatment for basal and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. The procedure was invented in the 1930’s by Dr. Frederic Mohs. The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove the entire skin cancer, but leave as much healthy skin intact as possible, ultimately resulting in smaller scars. The surgeon evaluates 100% of the peripheral and deep margin of the extracted specimen, leading to extremely low recurrence rates – only 1-2%. Sometimes the removal of the cancer could take more than one round or “stage” while the patient waits in the office. Once the margins are clear, I will usually close the defect with sutures. Occasionally, the defect is left open to heal by itself. The entire procedure typically takes a few hours, but we advise patients to plan to be here the entire day as we are sometimes unable to predict the extent of the cancer. Though I am from the East Coast, I have had a connection to Chicago my entire life. My parents are both from the south suburbs of Chicago so I have extended family scattered throughout the Chicago area. I also lived in Long Grove for a few years as a child. Currently, I live in the Western suburbs with my husband, 2-year-old daughter, 6-month-old son, and 2 dogs. I am very excited to have joined the Advanced Dermatology family and I am looking forward to meeting you!