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Clifford Scott Perlis, M.D., M.Be., Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center's Medical Oncology Department as Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 29, 2006) - Clifford S. Perlis, MD, MBE - Director, Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Surgery, Internal Medicine, has joined the dermatology section of Fox Chase's medical oncology department. He specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, a highly effective and precise method for treating basal- or squamous-cell carcinomas of the skin by removing cancerous tissue while sparing healthy tissue. Perlis' research interests include ethical concerns in dermatology, dermatologic surgery (health services issues) and non-invasive cutaneous imaging techniques.

Perlis received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and a master's degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania College of General Studies.

Perlis was a fellow in Mohs micrographic surgery and cutaneous oncology at Brown University in Providence, R.I. He also was a teaching fellow in dermatology (Mohs) at Brown and a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scientist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Wistar Institute.

Among his honors and awards, Perlis has received a resident scholarship to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery as well as a Resident Retreat for Future Physician-Scientists from the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

Perlis is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is an associate member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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