Understanding and coping with a new melanoma diagnosis, or melanoma recurrence, can be frightening and overwhelming.

AIM’s “Ask a Medical Expert” was created to help individuals understand their melanoma diagnosis, its implications, and how to approach and navigate their situation.

Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, leads AIM’s “Ask a Medical Expert” program and is AIM’s resident melanoma medical expert.  Wilson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, and boundless enthusiasm for the industry – and her patients.

A natural trailblazer, Wilson is proud of her collaborative work as an NCCPA-certified physician assistant senior since 2005 with the distinguished melanoma specialist Dr. John Kirkwood at the University of Pittsburgh in the Cancer Institute Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine. Their treatment and research initiatives were so successful that they have been used as a template for other cancer programs throughout the country. Wilson works as lead physician assistant for the Melanoma Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Her expertise is focused on acute care in outpatient oncology with research patients and the general melanoma population. She helps patients manage therapy-driven toxicity-related problems and emergencies. She has expertise in biopsies and suturing techniques; cryotherapy; injections; imaging reviews; clinical trial monitoring; and RECIST tumor measurements.

A natural teacher, Wilson has also worked with a multidisciplinary team on patient education and collaboration. She holds appointments at Chatham University Clinical Preceptor where she is adjunct faculty and is a cancer care modules lecturer on melanoma since 2013.

Inspired to her career by her own father’s battle with cancer (he is doing well!), Wilson says she will never stop wanting to help patients fight melanoma. She also feels confident that a cure is on the horizon given that melanoma treatments have grown exponentially over the last few years.

Wilson is a native of Pennsylvania and has her master’s degree from Chatham University in physician assistant studies (MPAS), and PA-C (certified in Pennsylvania).

From the Clinic to the Living Room Webinars

From the Clinic to the Living Room brings clarity to melanoma’s complexity, designed to help us all better understand melanoma.

Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, Melanoma Lead with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and AIM at Melanoma Foundation’s medical expert, explores everything you need to know – from melanoma screening and prevention, how to handle a melanoma diagnosis, understanding one’s treatment options, and far, far more – all brought to you by AIM at Melanoma Foundation.

We also hope that Melissa’s new informational video series, Melanoma 101,” empowers you with a new understanding of melanoma that will inform and change your perspective on the disease.

2022 Webinars

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Mucosal Melanoma: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives

During this webinar, Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, welcomes Richard Carvajal, MD, Director of Experimental Therapeutics and Director of the Melanoma Service at Columbia University Medical Center, to discuss mucosal melanoma. Topics covered include what makes mucosal melanoma different from cutaneous melanoma, the typical patient pathway for diagnosis, the clinical course of the disease, what treatments are used for advanced cases, what clinical trial options are available to patients and what treatments are on the horizon.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
What is the New Standard of Care for Uveal Melanoma Patients?

During this webinar, Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, our host of From the Clinic to the Living Room, welcomes Marlana Orloff, MD, Associate Professor Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University to discuss the new FDA approved KIMMTRAK (tebentafusp-tebn) for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic uveal melanoma.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Stage IV Decision Making for Melanoma Patients and Caregivers

During this webinar, Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, our host of From the Clinic to the Living Room, welcomes Anna C. Pavlick, D.O., Weill Cornell Medicine, and Michael Postow, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, to discuss treatment planning for Stage IV melanoma.

– Overview of treatment options (standard of care for Stage IV)
– What testing should be done upfront
– Financial assistance
– Caregiver tips while on treatment
– What if the standard of care options don’t work

To view past patient education webinars, please click HERE.