Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Merkel cell carcinoma Multi-center Interest Group


March 3, 2006 - First anual MMIG Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Goals of the MCC Multi-center Interest Group (MMIG)

* Promote communication and collaborative studies on MCC
* Enhance access to patient data and specimens
* Expand evidence-based care for MCC

Who we are

* physicians
* surgeons
* pathologists
* virologists
* scientists
* medical students

MMIG Meetings:

If you plan to attend the American Academy of Dermatology meeting in Orlando in March 2017...

Please save the date for the Annual Merkel cell carcinoma Multicenter Interest Group (MMIG) Meeting as below:

Friday March 3, 2017
5-7 pm
Orlando, Florida

Topics to be covered:

  • TBD

Light snacks will be served.

Click link to download a summary of any meeting
MMIG 2016 in Washington, DC
MMIG 2015
in San Francisco, CA
MMIG 2014
in Denver, CO
MMIG 2013 IID in Edinburgh, Scotland
MMIG 2013 in Miami, FL
MMIG 2012 in San Diego, CA
MMIG 2011 in New Orleans, LA
MMIG 2010 in Miami, FL
MMIG 2009 in San Francisco, CA
MMIG 2008 in San Antonio, TX
MMIG 2007 in Washington, DC

198 members are based in many institutions and countries

(Centers with established, multi-disciplinary MCC treatment programs are in BOLD)

United States:


  • Charite University Hospital, Berlin, Germany
  • Julius Maximilians University, Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Osaka City University School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
  • Saga University Medical School, Saga, Japan
  • Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sydney Melanoma Unit, Sydney, Australia
  • Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia, S America
  • University Hospital of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  • University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • University of Versailles, Paris, France
  • Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Photos of group members


  IID MMIG meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013
  MMIG meeting Miami Beach, FL, 2013

Iris Ahronowitz (San Francisco), Siegrid Yu (San Francisco), Jennifer Lai (Stanford), Sue Swetter (Stanford)

MMIG meeting San Diego, CA 2012

Mike Wong (Los Angeles), John Strasswimmer (Boca Raton, FL), Elena Hawryluk (Boston, MA), Arthur Sober (Boston, MA)   MMIG meeting San Diego, CA 2012

Drs. Natalia Jaimes (Medillin, Colombia, South America) with Bianca Lemos (Atlanta, GA) and Paul Nghiem (Seattle, WA)

MMIG meeting San Diego, CA 2012


Drs. Richard Wang (Dallas, TX) amd Clark Otley (Rochester, MN)

MMIG meeting San Diego, CA 2012

Drs. Rachael Clark (Boston, MA) and Arthur Sober (Boston, MA)
MMIG meeting, New Orleans 2011
Drs. Dan Coit and Klaus Busam (NY City) with Siegrid Yu
(San Francisco)
Dr. Clark Otley (Rochester, MN)
Drs. Jeremy Bordeaux (Cleveland, OH) & Chris Bichakjian
(Ann Arbor, MI)
Drs. Linda Wang (Boston, MA) & Martina Ulrich (Berlin, Germany)
Dr. Paul Nghiem (Seattle, WA)
Dr. Jerry Marsden (Birmingham, UK)
Dr. Siegrid Yu (San Francisco)
Dr. Bonnie Balzer (Los Angeles)
Drs. Linda Wang (Boston), Paul Nghiem (Seattle) & Martina Ulrich (Berlin)

MMIG meeting 2009 (San Francisco)

The March 2010 MMIG Meeting in Miami Beach provided the chance for a happy reunion for Drs Natalia Jaimes (Medellin, Colombia South America), Pablo Fernandez-Penas (sydney, Australia) and Paul Nghiem (Seattle, WA)   Dr. Patrick Moore (University of Pittsburgh) updated the MMIG group members in Miami Beach March 2010) with his group's latest findings on the role of the Merkel cell polyomavirus in Merkel cell carcinoma.


We would like to thank the American Cancer Society and the Jerry Wachter Fund for a grant to make this educational effort possible.