Dr. S. Alison Basak is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, having completed an intensive training program in skin cancer surgery and advanced facial-plastic reconstruction. Her professional interests are skin cancer detection and treatment, cutaneous oncology, and continuous improvement in patient communications. She strives to treat each patient with compassion and respect, just as she would want her own family members to be treated.
Dr. Basak earned her medical degree at Washington University in St Louis, where she also garnered a master’s degree in biomedical sciences studying neuro-immunology. Additionally, Dr. Basak participated in a Johns Hopkins research team for a year in Lima, Peru, studying the role of bacteria in Peru's high incidence of stomach cancer. She has published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented her research internationally. As an undergraduate, she dual-majored in Spanish literature and biology at Washington University in St Louis.
Dr. Basak completed her dermatology residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Mentored by many highly-respected Mohs surgeons, she learned several surgical approaches that enrich the care she can offer her own patients. Following her residency, she completed a fellowship for Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology at the University of Missouri in Columbia under the auspices of Dr. Nicholas Golda. While there, she trained under dermatologic, ENT, and plastic surgeons to learn the advanced facial reconstruction techniques required following cancer removal. Dr. Basak feels immense professional and personal satisfaction to be able to cure cancer and provide aesthetic reconstructions for her patients. She has published novel reconstructions and co-authored a book chapter for dermatologic surgeons.
Outside of work, Dr. Basak appreciates being with her husband, an equally busy fellow physician. They love to travel and go to music concerts.