In his nearly 2 decades as a Mohs Surgeon, Dr. McGovern has performed more than 24,000 of these highly effective procedures to eradicate skin cancer. Mohs surgeries have the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99% – according to the American College of Mohs Surgery. Dr. McGovern is the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon in 60 miles of Fort Wayne, making his skills indispensable to the communities of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.
Dr. McGovern grew up in Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and obtained a degree in biology from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He proceeded to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he completed medical school on a US Army scholarship. His transitional internship was performed at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon (near Augusta), GA. He next served two years doing defensive biological warfare research (vaccine development) at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick (near Frederick), MD.
His training resumed with a three-year dermatology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora (Denver suburb), CO, and he finished his US Army obligation by running the dermatology clinic at Fort Riley (near Manhattan), KS for two years. Following an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, he moved to Connecticut where he completed a one year fellowship in Mohs and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven. He has performed Mohs Surgery at Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants since January 2000.
Because of its tissue-sparing nature and its unparalleled cure rates, Mohs surgery is the preferred treatment for skin cancer on cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face. It is also commonly used on large, recurrent, or aggressive cancers.
With the assistance of his reliable team of compassionate, experienced, and talented nurses and histotechnologists, Dr. McGovern has removed more than 24,000 skin cancers – the vast majority from the face- with the Mohs technique. Of those defects, 55% were sutured side-to-side, 25% healed on their own, 15% were reconstructed with local flaps or grafts, and 5% were referred to local reconstructive surgeons for repair.
Dr. McGovern has published numerous book chapters, articles, and editorials and has given many oral presentations on various aspects of skin disease. He received the Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology for excellence in public education for skin disease. He currently serves as one of four Regional Director Representatives on the National Board of the Catholic Medical Association, is a Knight Commander of the over 900-year-old Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and Director of the Order for Northern Indiana, is writing educational courses for medical professionals through Catholic Distance University, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN. Dr. McGovern and his wife Sally live in Fort Wayne and have seven children.
With skin health, as with most medical ailments, prevention is the best cure. Take the advice of the Skin Cancer Foundation and:
If you are concerned about a spot on your skin, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your dermatologist for a screening. If you have already had a biopsy that came back positive for skin cancer, ask your physician if the Mohs surgery is a viable treatment. As Fort Wayne’s only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon, Dr. McGovern regularly receives referrals from other medical practices. For scheduling, call Fort Wayne Dermatology Consultants at (260) 436-8000.