by rebecca koenig
[ nominated ]
BEARD FOUNDATION was generous
to St. Louis this year. Semifinalists
for the prestigious dining awards
Program; RICK LEWIS of Quincy
Street Bistro, Rising Star Chef of the
Year; BEN POREMBA of Elaia, KEVIN
NASHAN of Sidney Street Cafe, KEVIN
WILLMANN of Farmhaus, GERARD CRAFT of
Niche, and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine,
for Best Chef: Midwest.
[ comings & goings ]
CIELO at the Four Seasons welcomes new
executive chef GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI at the
end of March. Originally from Turin, Italy,
Colucci currently works in Venice, Italy.
CHILL FROZEN YOGURT
in Clayton closed March 2. But don’t
worry, fro yo fans: local company
GOODNESS will take over the location at
7610 Wydown Blvd.
BISTRO 1130 reopened at the
end of February, debuting a new
Mediterranean-inspired menu designed
by Moroccan chef KARIM BOUZAMMOUR.
[ cafeteria chic ]
Students at MARIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL are
in for a treat this semester: Saint Louis University’s FOOD
INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM is providing
them with locally sourced lunch, breakfast and snacks. Before
the new options are added to the menu, Marian students get to
taste-test the dishes created by SLU
nutrition and dietetics students.
[ art meets food ]
HIRO ASIAN KITCHEN
(1405 Washington Ave.) hosts F² ,
a runway show paired with a five-course
dinner, March 8. Featured designers
include Paulie Gibson menswear and
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis hosts
FEAST YOUR EYES , a
museum tour followed by a
four-course meal prepared
by JOSH GALLIANO and
NICK LUEDDE of The
Libertine, March 25.
| MARCH 5, 2014, 2014
DR. SCOTT FOSKO
SLUCARE] by tony di martino
SUMMER WILL SOON BE HERE, bringing lazy days at the pool and golf course—and too
much sun. Skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States, affects more people than all
other cancers combined—and studies show it’s increasing in patients under 40.
Surgeons at SLUCare, the physicians of Saint Louis University, are among the most skilled skin
cancer experts in the nation. “We have an incredible depth of expertise in every area, including
Mohs surgery, an outpatient procedure,” says Dr. Scott Fosko, professor and chairman at SLU School
of Medicine’s department of dermatology and director of SLUCare’s division of Mohs surgery and
Fosko, president of the prestigious American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), works with Dr.
Ian Maher, assistant professor of dermatology. Fellowship-trained members of ACMS, both have
completed a year or more of advanced training at an approved Mohs center and have performed
thousands of surgeries. And both are concerned about the rise in skin cancer they’re seeing at their
Des Peres and midtown practices, particularly among women in their 30s through 60s. “We’re
trying to raise awareness about the dangers of indoor tanning as well as sun exposure,” Maher says.
“Unless there’s a change, dermatologists won’t be able to keep up with the number of cancers.”
If you’re one of more than 2 million Americans each year who get skin cancer, Mohs surgery
might be an option. It’s particularly effective in cosmetically sensitive areas where there isn’t
much tissue to spare, such as the eyelid, nose, lips or ear; when the cancer’s borders are indistinct;
or when a tumor reoccurs after being removed by another method. “Mohs accurately removes
common types of skin cancer such as basal and squamous cell carcinomas, which have increased 77
percent in less than 15 years,” Fosko explains. “It can also be effective on more advanced cancers.”
After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, the surgeon excises the visible tumor and a layer
of surrounding tissue, which is immediately processed in the laboratory while the patient waits.
“All of the tissue around the excised tumor is examined, not just a sample of the margin,” Fosko
says. “If evidence of cancer is found in the outer or deeper edges of the tissue, the surgeon takes
another layer from the area where the cancer was detected. This is repeated until the borders of the
tissue are completely clear of cancer, ensuring the cancer has been removed and preserving healthy
tissue.” If reconstruction is needed, it often can be done the same day.
SLUCare has a wide array of tools for treating early to advanced skin cancer, and is in the
forefront of skin cancer research, Fosko says. “We’re renowned throughout the region for our
multidisciplinary approach to managing all aspects of patient care. We strive to find the best
treatment modality for each individual. It takes teamwork to save lives and restore health, and
that’s exactly what we deliver.”