High-Risk Skin Cancer Clinic / Skin Cancer Dermatology

The High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic uniquely addresses the dermatologic needs of immune-compromised patients.  We specialize in pre- and post-transplant patients who, as a result of their treatment, may be more susceptible to getting skin cancers such as Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). As part of Stanford Health Care, our expert doctors work together across clinics and use the latest procedures and therapies to provide the best possible preventative care and treatment. 

High risk skin cancer and dermatology at Stanford

High risk skin cancer dermatology patients require experienced doctors and superior insights to provide effective care. At our dedicated High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic, our team meets and exceeds those standards. You can trust that your care is in expert hands.

Experienced team: All of our doctors have extensive experience in assessing and treating skin conditions in high risk patients. Under the supervision of experienced attending doctors, residents in Stanford’s Dermatology Department are also prepared to provide tailored treatments and the continuity of care these patients need.

World-class hospital setting: Our team works closely with other Stanford specialists like Mohs surgeons, transplant surgeons and cosmetic surgeons. We collaborate with your other doctors and health care providers to create the most effective treatment plans possible for your individual needs.

Full spectrum of skin cancer care: As a patient, you also have close access to other specialized clinics at Stanford like our Mohs Surgery Clinic or Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic.

Advanced research: Our doctors conduct research to understand how skin cancers develop and spread so they can create better treatments for the future.

Am I a high risk skin cancer candidate?

Treatment at our High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic is a good option for patients who already have or may develop a compromised immune system due to another condition, treatment, or medication. It is especially useful for patients who have:

  • An organ transplant (or are preparing for transplant)
  • Active lymphoma
  • Radiation therapy (or are planning to undergo radiation therapy)
  • Immunosuppression
  • A history of metastatic skin cancer such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Recurrent skin cancer such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • A compromised immune system
  • Albinism or other genetic conditions that predispose to susceptibility to UV radiation
  • Marjolin's ulcers or chronic, non-healing wounds
  • Burn scars or thermal injuries
  • Certain medications (voriconazole or Vfend) that increase skin cancer risk

The High Risk Skin Cancer Clinic is available at the following location:

For Patients

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) is known worldwide for the advanced patient care provided by its doctors and staff.  We also provide a wide range of guest services and amenities to our patients and visitors. Learn more about preparing for a hospital stay, billing and financial services, and our other support programs in Patients & Visitors.  

We want to make your treatment as effective as possible.  If you are a transplant candidate, contact us before your transplant surgery so we can evaluate your post-transplant risk level for skin cancer and prepare a treatment plan in coordination with your transplant team.  Please ask us any questions you have — we want to make you comfortable and prepared.

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For Health Care Professionals

We welcome referrals from other clinics and health care providers and want to assure you that we'll provide your patient with the same level of personal care you give them.


  • Fax a patient referral form with supporting documentation to 650-721-3476.
  • Let us know if your patient is a transplant candidate or has already undergone transplant surgery.
  • A Patient Care Coordinator will fax a confirmation of receipt to your office.
  • We will contact the patient and schedule an evaluation appointment upon insurance clearance.
  • If you have questions, please call the Physician Helpline at 650-721-8211.

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