Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

Skin Cancer Specialist

Dr. Bhatia believes that it is very important for early detection of skin cancer to optimize treatment that it can be treated earlier and decrease the opportunity for it to spread. He is skilled in identifying the precancerous and cancerous lesions. He can customize treatment plans for each individual based on the stage of the mole/lesion and hope to get San Diego, CA, patients the best results based on their unique needs.

Skin Cancer & Moles Q & A

by Neal Bhatia, MD

What are the signs of melanoma?

The most common early signs (what you see) of melanoma are: 

  • Growing mole on your skin.
  • Unusual looking mole on your skin or a mole that does not look like any other mole on your skin.
  • Non-uniform mole (has an odd shape, uneven or uncertain border, different colors).

How can Dr. Bhatia determine if a mole is cancerous?

The following ABCDEs are important signs of moles that could be skin cancer. If a mole displays any of the signs listed below, have it checked immediately. Dr. Bhatia will then examine the mole and take a skin biopsy (if appropriate) to determine if it is cancerous.

  • Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half
  • Border: The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular
  • Color: The mole has different colors or it has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red
  • Diameter: The diameter of the mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil
  • Evolving: The mole appears different from others and/or changing in size, color, shape

How is skin cancer treated?

There are many treatments for skin cancer such as surgical treatment (excisions and mohs surgery), immunotherapy, cryosurgery, chemotherapy applied to the skin, photodynamic therapy and radiation therapy.

What methods does Dr. Bhatia use to remove a mole?

Moles can be removed in different ways depending on the location, size, patient preference and other characteristics. Such way include: excision, laser removal, electro-cauterization, and cryotherapy.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.

If you have questions about our payment requirements or changes to the insurance plans we accept, please call our office.

Please note - We do not accept Covered California

All patients will be responsible for determining their eligibility status prior to their office visit or upon any changes to their insurance plan. If you are not sure Therapeutics is in your network, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

***A current insurance card and photo ID are required at your initial visit and upon any changes to your plan.***

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I absolutely love Dr. Bhatia. I originally came for an extreme case of eczema. Not only did he solve this but him and his nurse are always incredibly sweet."

    Laura A.
  • Yelp

    "I've been going to Therapeutics for quite a few years, and they are like a family to me now. The staff is always courteous and caring. "

    Stacey S.
  • Yelp

    "I've been going to Therapeutics for six years and have nothing but great things to say. I have psoriasis and as a leading research clinic they have been very helpful"

    Mark P.
  • Google

    Amazing doctor, friendly staff and very cooperative. I have been Dr. Bhatia's patient for more that two years now. Highly recommend!

    Ali A
  • Google

    Absolutely superb service at Therapeutics Clinical Research! Dr. Neal Bhatia is one of the most caring physicians I have ever received care from.

    Jonathan A
  • Google

    Dr. Bhatia is passionate about his work and is dedicated to remaining educated and staying at the forefront of his field.

    Vaill D.
  • Google

    Both the PA and doc were very cordial, professional, knowledgeable and capable. They are also big on patient education, which I appreciated.

    Krissy
  • Google

    Dr. Neal Bhatis is great. I felt him to be very knowledgeable and extremely easy to discuss my concerns with. I would never hesitate to go back to see him again

    Bobby H.
  • Yelp

    Dr. Bhatia was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. His staff is very professional as well and answered all of my questions.

    Greg G.
  • ZocDoc

    Very friendly and easy going doctor! He was knowledgeable and explained my skin condition very well!

    Athena L.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr Bahtia is very knowledgeable, patient, respectful, informative and easy going. He gave me lots of new suggestions for protecting myself from the sun!

    Linda S.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr. Bhatia is funny and knowledgable. His staff was kind. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me lots of stuff and advice.

    Brianna E.
Location
Therapeutics Clinical Research
9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 105
Kearny Mesa

San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-571-6800
Fax: 858-571-6801
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858-571-6800