Biography of Perry Robins, MD

  • Perry Robins, MD

    Founder and President of The Skin Cancer Foundation

  • The First Mohs Team at NYU

    In 1965, Dr. Robins was part of the first chemosurgery unit established at New York University Medical Center.

    Right to Left: Dr. Perry Robins, Dr. Frederick Mohs, Dr. Alfred W. Kopf, Leona Mandell, Dr. Hugh Brown.

  • Dr. Perry Robins with Dr. Leonard Dzubow and Dr. Frederic E. Mohs in 1984.

  • Lawrence Robins; Elizabeth Robins, Esq.; Marcia Robbins-Wilf, PhD; and Perry Robins, MD

PERRY ROBINS, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and was Chief of the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Unit at New York University Medical Center for more than forty years. A pioneer in Mohs Micrographic surgery, he has performed more than 40,000 Mohs surgical procedures. An accomplished educator in his field, Dr. Robins was the first to offer one-year fellowships in Mohs surgery and was also the first to train Mohs techniques to dermatologists from other countries. Dr. Robins has trained more than seventy doctors from around the world who are now leaders in dermatologic and skin cancer care. Approximately 40 percent of all doctors who specialize in Mohs surgery were either trained by Dr. Robins or doctors he trained. He has lectured in thirty-four countries in four languages. Dr. Robins is the founder and president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, a national and international organization dedicated to skin cancer research and public and medical education. In addition, Dr. Robins is the founder/president of the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, founder/former president of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and former president of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

The American Academy of Dermatology has made Dr. Robins an honorary fellow for outstanding contributions in dermatology, and on behalf of The Skin Cancer Foundation, he has received its Award for Excellence in Education, 14 Gold Triangle Awards for Excellence in Community Education, and a Presidential Citation. He has been honored as a distinguished member of both the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and was awarded a Presidential Citation by the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery. The impact of Dr. Robins' work is far-reaching, and over a dozen international dermatologic societies have presented him with honorary memberships.

Dr. Robins has published over sixty articles in leading medical journals and is the founder of the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology. He has authored five books for the general public: Sun Sense: a Guide to the Prevention and Early Detection of Skin Cancer, Understanding Melanoma: What You Need To Know with Maritza Perez, MD, Understanding Basal Cell Carcinoma: What You Need to Know, Understanding Squamous Cell Carcinoma: What You Need to Know, and Play it Safe in the Sun, an illustrated book for children. Dr. Robins is known internationally for the advancement of his specialty, his commitment to his patients, and his contributions to education.