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Wayne Cruse, MD

Professor, College Of Medicine Surgery

Juan Bolivar Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology, Surgery

Professor, Department Of Oncologic Sciences

Professor, Oncologic Sciences

Professor, Surgery

Senior Member, Cutaneous Oncology Program

Professor, Surgery, University of South Florida

Juan Bolivar Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology, Surgery, University of South Florida

Senior Member, Cutaneous Oncology Program, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Professor, Oncologic Sciences, University of South Florida

Contact Info Tampa General Hospital
1 Tampa General Circle - G214
Tampa, FL 33606

Academic Email: wcruse@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone: (813) 844-8546

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  • MD, Medicine, University Of Louisville, 1972

Research Interests

  • melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, angiosarcoma, sentinel lymph node surgery, cancer reconstruction, reconstruction after micrographic surgey, burn care, wound care, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute


  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons (member, 1995 - Present)
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (member, 1995 - Present)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (member, 1981 - Present)
  • American Burn Association (member, 1979 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Troy J, Karlnoski R, Downes K, Brown KS, Cruse CW, Smith DJ, Payne WG. The Use of EZ Derm® in Partial-Thickness Burns: An Institutional Review of 157 Patients. Eplasty. 13: e14, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23573334
  • Smith DJ Karlnoski RA Patel A Cruse CW Brown KS Robson MC. The Treatment of Partial-Thickness Bums with a Hydroconductive Wound Dressing: Clinical and Mechanistic Effects. Surnical Science. 4: 268-72, 2013.
  • Han D, Yu D, Zhao X, Marzban SS, Messina JL, Gonzalez RJ, Cruse CW, Sarnaik AA, Puleo C, Sondak VK, Zager JS. Sentinel node biopsy is indicated for thin melanomas ≥0.76 mm. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 19(11) : 3335-42, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22766986
  • Deneve JL, Messina JL, Marzban SS, Gonzalez RJ, Walls BM, Fisher KJ, Chen YA, Cruse CW, Sondak VK, Zager JS. Merkel cell carcinoma of unknown primary origin. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 19(7) : 2360-6, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22271206
  • Kartnoski R Cruse CW Brown KS Sprenker CJ Smith DJ. Use of Drawtex In Thennal Injuries. Wounds.(Supplement). 32(9) : 17-18, 2012.
  • Schleich AR, Schweiger H, Becsey A, Cruse CW. Survival after severe intrathoracic electrical injury. Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries. 36(5) : e61-4, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19819635
  • Pu LL, Wells KE, Cruse CW, Shons AR, Reintgen DS. Prevalence of additional positive lymph nodes in complete lymphadenectomy specimens after positive sentinel lymphadenectomy findings for early-stage melanoma of the head and neck. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 112(1) : 43-9, 2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12832875
  • Pu LL, Cruse CW, Wells KE, Cantor A, Glass LF, Messina JL, Reintgen DS. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with melanoma of the lower extremity. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 104(4) : 964-9, 1999. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10654734
  • Wells KE, Rapaport DP, Cruse CW, Payne W, Albertini J, Berman C, Lyman GH, Reintgen DS. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma of the head and neck. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 100(3) : 591-4, 1997. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9283554
  • Reintgen D, Albertini J, Milliotes G, Marshburn J, Cruse CW, Rapaport D, Berman C, Glass F, Fensske N, Einstein AB, Lyman G. Investment in new technology research can save future health care dollars. The Journal of the Florida Medical Association. 84(3) : 175-81, 1997. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9143169
  • Kamath D, Rapaport D, DeConti R, Cruse CW, Wells K, Glass F, Messina J, Fenske N, Brobeil A, Berman C, Puleo C, Reintgen D. Redefining cutaneous lymphatic flow: the necessity of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy in the management of malignant melanoma. The Journal of the Florida Medical Association. 84(3) : 182-7, 1997. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9143170
  • Glass LF, Messina JL, Cruse W, Wells K, Rapaport D, Miliotes G, Berman C, Reintgen D, Fenske NA. The use of intraoperative radiolymphoscintigraphy for sentinel node biopsy in patients with malignant melanoma. Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]. 22(8) : 715-20, 1996. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8780765
  • Glass LF, Fenske NA, Messina JL, Cruse CW, Rapaport DP, Berman C, Puleo CA, Heller R, Miliotes G, Albertini J. The role of selective lymphadenectomy in the management of patients with malignant melanoma. Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]. 21(11) : 979-83, 1995. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7582838
  • Wells KE, Cruse CW, Baker JL, Daniels SM, Stern RA, Newman C, Seleznick MJ, Vasey FB, Brozena S, Albers SE. The health status of women following cosmetic surgery. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 93(5) : 907-12, 1994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8134482
  • Wells KE, Cruse CW, Daniels S, Berman C, Norman J, Reintgen DS. The use of lymphoscintigraphy in melanoma of the head and neck. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 93(4) : 757-61, 1994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8134434
  • Wang X, Heller R, VanVoorhis N, Cruse CW, Glass F, Fenske N, Berman C, Leo-Messina J, Rappaport D, Wells K. Detection of submicroscopic lymph node metastases with polymerase chain reaction in patients with malignant melanoma. Annals of surgery. 220(6) : 768-74, 1994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7986144
  • Reintgen D, Cruse CW, Wells K, Berman C, Fenske N, Glass F, Schroer K, Heller R, Ross M, Lyman G. The orderly progression of melanoma nodal metastases. Annals of surgery. 220(6) : 759-67, 1994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7986143
  • Cruse CW, Radocha RF. Squamous cell carcinoma of the lip. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 80(6) : 787-91, 1987. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3685181
  • Simpson LA, Cruse CW. Gasoline immersion injury. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 67(1) : 54-7, 1981. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7443860