Dr. Mecker Möller
Surgical Oncologist at University of Miami Cancer Center
Dr. Mecker Möller, a surgical oncologist in South Florida, is a leading specialist for peritoneal mesothelioma and other peritoneal surface cancers. She sees patients at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is part of the University of Miami Health System.
University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
1475 Northwest 12th Avenue, Floor 3, Miami, FL 33136
More Information About Mesothelioma Specialist Dr. Mecker Möller
Dr. Möller is the leader of her cancer center’s program for cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). She was the first to perform HIPEC surgery in South Florida.
She’s a member of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Society and did a presentation recently on peritoneal mesothelioma at the Miami International Mesothelioma Symposium. This is evidence of her standing as one of the top specialists for this type of mesothelioma.
In addition to her medical role at the cancer center, Dr. Möller is an associate professor of clinical surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
- Medical Degree from National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in Managua, 1997
- Residency in General Surgery at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, 2006
- Fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, 2008
- Research Fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, 2009
- Certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery
- Membership in the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Society
Get Connected to Dr. Mecker Möller
Dr. Mecker Möller runs the cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC program for University of Miami Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has given presentations at symposiums and conferences on peritoneal mesothelioma, proving her knowledge of this cancer.
Why Choose Dr. Möller?
- Sees a high volume of patients with peritoneal mesothelioma
- First doctor in South Florida to perform HIPEC with surgery
- Receives excellent patient reviews for care and comfort
Patients Need More Specialists Like Dr. Möller
Dr. Möller said her initial interest in peritoneal mesothelioma stemmed from the challenge and commitment needed for this cancer.
“I felt we needed to provide these patients with options for treatment. … I felt there was a need in South Florida.”
She and other specialists have found they “can prolong lives” of patients and even used the word “cure” for a few. Cytoreduction with HIPEC can reach a mesothelioma survival rate of 40% for five years, depending on patient selection. It usually leads to median survival of 3-4 years.
“Cytoreductive and HIPEC isn’t just cutting the patient open and doing the surgery,” Dr. Möller said. “It’s understanding the cancer and the multimodal approach to determine if the patient is the right candidate for this surgery.”
Dr. Möller’s Process for Cytoreductive Surgery
Dr. Möller feels strongly that removing the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity) is the only way to complete cytoreductive surgery for peritoneal mesothelioma. This lining is where the original tumor forms. It grows and multiplies beyond the lining and into the abdominal cavity.
Some surgeons feel remission or complete resection is possible without removing the peritoneum. Dr. Möller disagrees.
“You have to remove the peritoneum if you want to reduce your chances of recurrence,” she said, noting she also removes the omentum, plus any non-vital organs affected by tumors.
“You have to make sure if you’re treating someone with peritoneal mesothelioma then you remove the primary tumor, and that’s going to be in the peritoneum.”
High Rating of Reviews From Patients
One of the best pieces of evidence a surgeon or specialist is excellent is their patient reviews. Dr. Möller receives the highest rating (five stars) regularly from her past cases.
A review from February 2021 on her doctor profile page said, “Dr. Möller is genuinely concerned and analyzes the best course of action. She’s a great surgeon.” Another from April of 2021 said, “She was wonderful and put me at ease. We are very lucky to have her.”
Communication Strategy With Patients
Dr. Möller believes this type of positive feedback is due to her connection. She prioritizes listening intently to her patients and learning “what their expectations are and see how far they want to go to treat their cancer.”
Sometimes this doesn’t involve surgery. Many patients choose palliative care or systemic therapy (chemotherapy or immunotherapy) rather than aggressive surgery. These patients feel their quality of life in their final months is more important than trying to extend their life.
Lastly, she ensures there’s a mixture of hope and realism in her guidance and advice.
“If this doesn’t work, what are the next steps?” she said. “How are we going to help you if surgery cannot?
“If I see the disease is beyond resectability, I’m honest with the patient. Then we look at clinical trials or systemic therapy.”
How to See Dr. Mecker Möller for Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Dr. Möller welcomes new patients, especially those with peritoneal mesothelioma. If you don’t live near South Florida or the University of Miami Cancer Center, you can still get care from Dr. Möller. Virtual appointments are an option for out-of-town patients or people worried about COVID-19 infection.
We are a resource if you or your loved one want to see Dr. Möller for medical care. Our patient advocates can communicate with Dr. Möller and her staff to help set up your first meeting.
Registered nurse Karen Ritter is available by email. Reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or request more information on doctors with our free Doctor Match program. This offering helps us provide a list of possible matches based on your type of mesothelioma, location and more.
Sources & Author
- Mecker Moller, MD. University of Miami Health System. Retrieved from: https://doctors.umiamihealth.org/provider/Mecker+Moller/525248?_ga=2.38392163.1713037506.1638712475-78440731.1637072247. Accessed: 12/05/2021.
- Mecker Moller, M.D. University of Miami Health System. Retrieved from: https://umiamihealth.org/sylvester-comprehensive-cancer-center/research/faculty/mecker-moller. Accessed: 12/05/2021.
- Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal and Intrapleural Chemotherapy (HIPEC) Program. University of Miami Health System. Retrieved from: https://umiamihealth.org/en/sylvester-comprehensive-cancer-center/treatments-and-services/hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-and-intrapleural-chemotherapy. Accessed: 12/05/2021.