Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock welcomes fellowship-trained Mohs physician Dominic Ricci, MD, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in the surgical treatment of skin cancer. Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure used to treat squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer, and is the most precise method of this type of tumor removal.
During the Mohs procedure, a specially-trained physician removes a thin layer of affected tissue and evaluates it under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells while the patient waits. This process continues in “stages,” one layer at a time until cancer cells are no longer present. The number of “stages” will vary depending on the patient’s condition.
“We’re very fortunate to have Dr. Ricci join us, as his specialized training will enhance the options we are able to offer our patients with skin cancer,” said Rob Watson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Baylor Scott & White – Austin/Round Rock Region. “Our unique care model offers patients the benefit of receiving care from a multi-disciplinary team that includes plastic surgeons and oncologists who collaborate to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient all in one location with one electronic medical record.”
Dr. Ricci explains that qualified patients can benefit from Mohs surgery because it removes the least amount of skin, and ultimately leads to the smallest possible scar. This option also offers the highest cure rates for skin cancer, which are usually 95 to 99 percent. In contrast, other methods available to treat high-risk skin cancers have cure rates of 50 to 90 percent.
“I enjoy educating patients about their condition and how they are being treated, so they feel empowered to get well and prevent future problems,” said Dr. Ricci.
Dr. Ricci will work closely with his colleagues in dermatology to provide the most comprehensive care for patients in Central Texas. This will include future growth of the Mohs surgery unit, as well as expanding patient services to offer Mohs for superficial melanomas and high-risk squamous cell carcinomas.
Dr. Ricci joins Scott & White – Round Rock from a medical practice in Middleton, Wis., where he was named a “Top Doctor” by Madison Magazine. He completed his fellowship at the University of Colorado in Aurora, Colo., and is a member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. Dr. Ricci completed his residency in dermatology at the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County hospitals. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill. where he graduated with honors and was named into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Prior to this achievement, he graduated from Santa Clara University with honors with degrees in biology and economics.
In addition to spending time with his wife and son, Dr. Ricci is a passionate distance runner, having completed both the Boston and Chicago marathons and several other prestigious races. He also enjoys scuba diving, international travel, the local food scene, and roasting coffee. Dr. Ricci is originally from Chico, Calif.