About Dr. Kwatra Dr. Kwatra grew up in Tampa, Florida and Toledo, Ohio. He attended the University of Florida for college, majoring in History. After completing medical school at Ohio State University, Dr. Kwatra moved to the valley and did an internship in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He returned to Ohio State to train in dermatology.
During his residency at Ohio State, he developed a strong interest in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. For this reason, Dr. Kwatra underwent additional fellowship training in the surgical treatment of skin cancer using Mohs Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Kwatra returned to Phoenix to settle permanently. Since then, Dr. Kwatra has treated approximately 20,000 cases of skin cancer with Mohs surgery.
Dr. Kwatra is married to Julie Baskin Kwatra, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist. They have two daughters. His parents still live in Toledo but gladly visit the valley regularly during the winter.
Address and Phone Numbers:
Rajiv Kwatra, M.D.
1331 North 7th street, suite 290 Phone number: 602- 230-6744
Phoenix, Arizona, 85006 Fax: 602-230-6746
Practice Philosophy The practice of medicine is a blending of medical science with the art of healing. It is our highest priority to develop a trusting relationship with our patients. Please do not hesitate to ask questions. We want you to understand your diagnosis and feel comfortable with the treatment choices. You will be advised the same as we would for any family member.
Mohs Surgery Mohs Surgery is the state of the art method for removing skin cancers. Initially, only the tumor that is apparent to the naked eye is excised. This tissue is then processed in the lab using special techniques that allow us to see the entire peripheral (outside edges) and deep margin. It is for this reason that Mohs surgery has a 98% chance of curing primary skin cancers. If additional tumor is noted on the first specimen, we map it so that we know exactly where the remaining skin cancer is on the body. During the next step we remove only that which is still cancerous and repeat the process until all the cancer is gone.
Once the cancer is removed, we discuss the various approaches to reconstruct where the skin cancer had previously been. Many times, allowing the area to heal naturally yields the best results. Other times, simple side to side stitching is the best approach. In more challenging cases, a skin flap or graft may be necessary. Almost always, there is more than one way to solve the problem and we will need to determine which one is best for you.
Our Office Our office hours are Monday to Friday 7:00-4:30pm. However, we often have shortened office hours on Wednesday and do not schedule patients. On those Wednesdays, the office is open from . Our office number is 602-230-6744. If you are a recent surgery patient and need assistance after hours, call the office and the recording will instruct you how to reach me. Our practice is limited to the treatment of skin cancer with Mohs surgery. We schedule patients that have a biopsy proven skin cancer needing treatment with Mohs surgery. We encourage you to call the office if you need to get in touch with us or have a problem or question. We usually answer promptly. However, you may occasionally find it difficult to get a hold of the receptionist. From time to time, there are simply more patients arriving and calling than can be accommodated at the same time. If this occurs, we would simply ask that you try back in 20 to 30 minutes. We are conveniently located off of the I-10 Freeway on 7th Street. Use the MapQuest link below to get directions from your home to the I-10 7th street exit ramp. After exiting the Freeway onto the 7th Street exit ramp, turn North on to 7th Street. Immediately get into the far right lane. You will take a right turn at the first street on your right, Willetta.
The PapagoMedicalPark will be on your right hand side. Take the first right hand turn off of Willetta. To your right will be the MedicalPlaza and to your left the entrance to the parking garage. Take a left to park. There is no gate or metered ticket to go through.
Frequently asked questions: 1. Can I refer myself?: Yes. You must have a biopsy proven skin cancer. Please fax us your pathology report and we will review it and direct you accordingly. 2. Do you treat more than one skin cancer at a time: Yes. We routinely treat multiple skin cancers on the same day. In addition, after discussing what the patient would prefer as far as a repair or letting the wounds heal naturally, we also will stitch the surgery sites on the same day. 3. Do you see regular dermatology patients: No. Our practice is limited to the treatment of skin cancer with Mohs surgery. 4. How long does it take to get an appointment: Since we are focused on treating skin cancers, we understand how difficult and frustrating it is to wait for an appointment when you need surgery. We work very hard to keep our wait times as short as possible. Usually, we can schedule patients within 1 to 2 weeks. 5. Which insurance plans do you accept: We are providers for most health plans in the state of Arizona. If you happen to be one of the few people on a health plans we are not a provider for, we will do our best to work with you and your insurance plan to obtain authorization to treat you. 6. A question frequently thought but not asked: How do I find out more information about you so I can decide whether I feel comfortable coming to your office. Finding accurate, objective, and fair information on any doctor is difficult. We suggest you ask your family doctor, other health care providers, and friends. We are always surprised at how often patients tell us that one of their other doctors knows us or they have a friend we have treated in the past. It's old fashioned and not high tech, but asking around seems to work well for a lot of our patients.
Associations and Qualifications Fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and the treatment of skin cancer.
Member: American College of Mohs Surgery American Academy of Dermatology American Medical Association Phoenix Dermatologic Society Maricopa County Medical Society
Education: Undergraduate: The University of Florida Medical School: The Ohio State University Internship: St. Joseph’s Hospital (Phoenix) Dermatology Residency: The Ohio State University Mohs Surgery (Skin Cancer Surgery) Fellowship: The Medical University of South Carolina ( Charleston, S.C.)
Communities served: Our office is located in Phoenix but we see patients from many communities and cities. The majority of our patients are from:
The Phoenix Metroplex: Ahwatukee, Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Care Free, Cave Creek, Chandler, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Luke AFB, Maricopa, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, and Youngtown.
Statewide: Ajo, Benson, Bullhead City, Campe Verde, Casa Grande, Chino Valley, Clifton, Coolidge, Cottonwood, Cutter, Douglass, Duncan, Eloy, Flagstaff, Florence, Gila Bend, Globe, Guadalupe, Kingman, Lake Havusa City, Marana, Nogales, Page, Payson, Pinetop, Prescott, Sacaton, Safford, Sahuarita, San Luis, Sedona, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Snowflake, Somerton, Superior, Tucson, Wickenberg, Wilcox, Window Rock, Winslow, Yuma, and many other communities.
Nationally: For the most part, patients referred from out of state are "snowbirds" who had a skin cancer diagnosed before returning to Arizona.