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Wayne Cruse, MD

Professor, College Of Medicine Surgery

Professor, Department Of Oncologic Sciences

College Of Medicine Surgery

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 Center


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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