Skin Cancer: Take A Hike! Event and Fundraiser
July 16th - 31st, 2014
Dr. Craig Mochson is excited and honored to be joining the Skin Cancer: Take A Hike! Campaign fundraiser and expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. He has been an guest lecturer and instructor at the Cornell Wilderness Medicine course for medical students, and spent time backcountry hiking, but has never summited a high altitude peak such as the 19,341 foot Mt Kilimanjaro.
This initiative is part of the American Academy of Dermatology's SPOT Skin Cancer program, to spread public awareness, and improve detection and prevention of skin cancer. The effort of Dr. Ellen Marmur, Dr. Craig Mochson and the rest of the team to summit mountain in Tanzania calls attention to the skin-related health consequences of climate change and the fact that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
Craig's personal interest in skin cancer stemmed from experiences with family and friends being affected by skin cancer, and he became interested in improving awareness, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers in innovative ways. While at NYU/Bellevue Hospital, Craig set up a pilot project for Emergency Medicine doctors to identify suspicious skin lesions and arrange for rapid dermatologic assessment, biopsy and treatment. Since that time, Dr. Mochson has seen and cared for many patients with advanced Melanoma and other preventable skin cancers.
Craig and the team are self-funding the costs of the trip, and all of your donation will be passed on to the American Academy of Dermatology SPOT Skin Cancer Intiative.
About Dr. Craig Mochson Craig Mochsons' interest and experience lies in Emergency Medicine, International and Global Health, Travel and Wilderness Medicine and medical relief efforts in underserved and disaster relief situations.
His 15 years studying and working in the inner-city community of the Bronx included HIV prevention and needle exchange programs, and teaching residents and medical students as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, teaching the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, and mentoring medical students on international global health projects.
His love of travel has taken him as a working physician, visiting physician and visiting instructor to diverse areas such as the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota, hospitals in Romania, Spain, and New Zealand and to rural Jamaica, training locals in basic lifesaving, extrication and emergency transport. He has served as the medical coordinator with the GuyanaWatch organization in rural villages of Guyana for many years, and was a medical coordinator for a trip taking Guyanese children for open-heart surgery in Chennai, India. He has also worked in various disaster relief efforts, including the 9/11 attacks in New York City, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Dr. Mochson is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He practices at Weill Cornell Hospital, and at the Medhattan Immediate Care Center, where he practices Urgent Care medicine with a focus on International Travel and Pre-travel Medicine.
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