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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Yaohui Gloria Xu, MD, PhD, earned her medical degree from the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences in China and completed her residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals.


Dr. Xu is a Board Certified dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgery/procedural dermatology fellowship trained surgeon, specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery, with interests that span both cosmetic and general dermatology.


Dr. Xu has particular interest and expertise in dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology. In addition to managing non-melanoma skin cancers using well-established Mohs surgery, she also uses modified Mohs surgery to optimize the management of melanoma, particularly difficult cases of melanoma, such as lentigo maligna with ill-defined margins on the head and neck areas, amelanotic melanoma and recurrent melanoma. She has published many articles on surgical and general dermatology in peer-reviewed medical journals, she has written book chapters on dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology, and she has been an invited speaker at the national Mohs College Annual Meetings.


Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery

Biopsies of Disorders of Nails and Skin

Botox ® and Fillers

Chemical Peels

Cosmetic Laser Services


Earlobe Repair


Laser Hair Removal

Laser Vascular Lesion Removal

Melanoma and Pigmented Lesions (Dermatology)

Melanoma Cancer

Melanoma Dermatology

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mole and Skin Tag Removal

Nail Tumors

Non-melanoma Skin Cancer


Photodynamic Therapy

Pigmentary Alterations of the Nail

Removal of Benign and Malignant Skin Lesions

Skin Biopsy

Skin Cancer Screening

Transplantation Dermatology

Ultraviolet Light Therapy


West Clinic
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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Dermatology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Dermatology
Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, MA
Residency University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL
Internship Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center for Health Professions, Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, China

Languages Spoken

Mandarin Chinese
Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Xu is actively involved in several research projects related to melanoma and other skin cancers. Along with her co-PI, Dr. Vladimir S. Spiegelman, she is working on a project on cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in non-transplant and transplant patients. It is hoped that this research will lead to pre-operative treatment to reduce the size of the tumor or post-operative treatment to enhance the cure rate. She is involved in a project with Dr. Mark Albertini to study immune responses to melanoma. She is also involved in a project led by Andrew Sheinis, UW Professor of Astronomy, to determine if an imaging technology developed for Astronomy can be used to detect early melanoma as well as to detect cancer margins prior to surgical removal.

PubMed Articles
Arshanapalli A Tran JM Aylward JL Lasarev MR Xu YG The effect of suture spacing on patient perception of surgical skill. J Am Acad Dermatol . 2021 Mar;84(3):735-736
[PubMed ID: 33075415]
Rudningen KE Hinshaw MA Aylward JL Xu YG Characteristics, evaluation and outcomes of patients with squamous cell carcinoma lacking histologic continuity to the epidermis. J Am Acad Dermatol . 2021 Feb 19;
[PubMed ID: 33617913]
Privalle A Havighurst T Kim K Bennett DD Xu YG Number of skin biopsies needed per malignancy: Comparing the use of skin biopsies among dermatologists and nondermatologist clinicians. J Am Acad Dermatol . 2020 Jan;82(1):110-116
[PubMed ID: 31408683]
Burris CKH Rodriguez ME Raven ML Reddy DN Xu YG Wiggs JL Potter HD Albert DM Muir-Torre Syndrome: The Importance of a Detailed Family History. Case Rep Ophthalmol . 2019 May-Aug;10(2):180-185
[PubMed ID: 31692600]
Kim T Havighurst T Kim K Albertini M Xu YG Spiegelman VS Targeting insulin-like growth factor 2 mRNA-binding protein 1 (IGF2BP1) in metastatic melanoma to increase efficacy of BRAF<sup>V600E</sup> inhibitors. Mol Carcinog . 2018 May;57(5):678-683
[PubMed ID: 29369405]
Majerowski J Xu YG Acute, Temporary, Unilateral Facial Nerve Palsy After Dermatologic Surgery: A Report of 3 Cases. J Cutan Med Surg . 2017 Sep Oct;21(5):445-448
[PubMed ID: 28514867]
Kim T Havighurst T Kim K Hebbring SJ Ye Z Aylward J Keles S Xu YG Spiegelman VS RNA-Binding Protein IGF2BP1 in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol . 2017 Mar;137(3):772-775
[PubMed ID: 27856289]
Nault A Zhang C Kim K Saha S Bennett DD Xu YG Biopsy Use in Skin Cancer Diagnosis: Comparing Dermatology Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals. JAMA Dermatol . 2015 Aug;151(8):899-902
[PubMed ID: 25806897]
Turnbull LI Puchalsky DR Xu YG Bennett DD A cystic growth on the lower eyelid: a presentation of two cases. Int J Dermatol . 2015 Jul;54(7):737-9
[PubMed ID: 25783871]
Xu YG Aylward J Longley BJ Hinshaw MA Snow SN Eccrine Porocarcinoma Treated by Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Over 6-Year Follow-up of 12 Cases and Literature Review. Dermatol Surg . 2015 Jun;41(6):685-92
[PubMed ID: 25984905]
Kasprzak JM Xu YG Diagnosis and management of lentigo maligna: a review. Drugs Context . 2015;4:212281
[PubMed ID: 26082796]
Xu YG Hinshaw M Longley BJ Ilyas H Snow SN Cutaneous adenoid cystic carcinoma with perineural invasion treated by mohs micrographic surgery-a case report with literature review. J Oncol . 2010;2010:469049
[PubMed ID: 20379385]