ASO Author Reflections: Wait Times for Melanoma Surgery

  • Carolyn Nessim
  • Alyson B. Crawford
ASO Author Reflections



Carolyn Nessim and Alyson B. Crawford have no conflicts of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of General Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital Research InstituteUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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