MSK dermatologic surgeon Jason Chen

Chih-Shan Jason Chen, MD, PhD, FAAD

Mohs Surgeon

Titles

Director, Dermatologic Surgery, Hauppauge

Clinical Expertise

Dermatologic Surgery; Mohs Micrographic Surgery; Cutaneous Laser Surgery; Skin Cancer; Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Basal Cell Carcinoma; Early-Stage Melanoma; Atypical Nevi; Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans; Atypical Fibroxanthoma; Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma; Sebaceous Carcinoma; Porocarcinoma; Microcystic Adnexal Carcinoma

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Mon–Fri, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., (Eastern time)
Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Chen accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.

Aetna

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Aetna HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Aetna does not include us in any of the plans you can purchase through the insurance exchanges or through Medicare. Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral. MSK has an agreement with the Aetna Transplant Program for all Aetna's commercial products.

Blue Distinction Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.

Health Insurance Exchanges

We understand that there may be many complexities involved with insurance coverage purchased through the health exchange network of the Affordable Care Act. We’re here to help. If you have questions about how your care will be covered by an insurance provider, or need help navigating a change in coverage, please call us at 646-227-3378; if you are not a resident of New York, you can call us at 866-248-1274. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and assist you in any way we can. We want our care to be as accessible and affordable for as many people as possible.

CIGNA

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with CIGNA's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. CIGNA does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

  • If you are a New York State resident: Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral.
  • If you live outside of New York State: Please ask your insurance if you have in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
EmblemHealth (including GHI, HIP, ConnectiCare, and Vytra)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, HMO plans. EmblemHealth includes GHI, HIP, Vytra, and ConnecticCare (in NYS Only). You must bring a referral from your Emblem primary care doctor to your first appointment. In-network participation exceptions include:

  • Emblem’s HIP Commercial Millennium, Select Care and Enhanced Care Prime networks is not in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
  • Please call Emblem to confirm if your specific plan is in-network.

For information regarding Memorial Sloan Kettering’s participation with Emblem’s Medicare Advantage Plans, please refer to the Medicare & Medicaid page

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York Indemnity, HMO, EPO, PPO, POS and Medicare Advantage plans, with the following exceptions:

  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
  • Please call Empire BCBS to confirm if your specific plan is in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
HealthFirst

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.

HealthSmart

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

For our NJ locations, Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with most Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. Horizon members with Blue Card Access (there would be a suitcase logo on the front of the card) may have access to our NY locations.  Please call Horizon to confirm if your plan is in-network in NY. 

Humana

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.

Interlink Health Services

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Interlink Health Services.

Lifetrac

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.

MagnaCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Medicare & Medicaid

For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Multiplan.

Multiple Insurance Plans

If you are covered by more than one insurance plan, you will want to determine your benefits from both plans. First, you need to determine which one is your primary insurance provider by contacting your employee benefits office or your insurance carriers. After you find out which is your primary insurance provider, you should then contact your insurance carrier to determine if you have access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

MVP

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some MVP plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

New York State Employee Health Insurance Plan (Empire Plan)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for New York State employees who have enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services. If you have the Empire Plan, you should call Cancer Resources Services at 866-936-6002 to verify and enroll in this coverage.

Oscar

Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network with Oscar’s Circle Plus Network, a part of its Small Group Broad line that is offered only to select small business groups. Oscar does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider for any of its individual plans. Please confirm eligibility with your insurance carrier. 

Other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans

Most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance company to confirm if Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network.

Other Coverage Options

We have agreements with several insurance companies that may provide additional coverage for cancer patients. These benefit programs include:

  • AXA Assistance USA
  • Beech Street
  • Integrated Health Plans
  • National Health Administrators
  • National Preferred Provider Network
  • UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services
  • United Resource Network
  • Veterans Choice Program
Oxford

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Oxford’s Freedom and Liberty plans as well as the Metro Plan (which is only offered to small business groups and no longer offered as individual plans). Please confirm with your insurance if you need a one-time referral. Note: Oxford’s Medicare Managed Care plan — Secure Horizon — does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Oxford does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

World Trade Center Health Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.

QualCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.

Specialty Care Management

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.

TRICARE

Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

UnitedHealthcare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with UnitedHealthCare's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Please confirm with your insurance if a one-time referral is needed.

UnitedHealthCare's Medicare Managed Care plan does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider.

United does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by UnitedHealthcare.

Contact and Location

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Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offer many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

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About Me

Education

MD, Chung-Shan Medical University; PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Residencies

Internal Medicine - Yale University; Dermatology - SUNY at Stony Brook

Fellowships

Mohs Micrographic Surgery - SUNY at Stony Brook

Board Certifications

Dermatology; Mohs Micrographic Surgery

I am a dermatologic surgeon who specializes in caring for people with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and early-stage melanoma, as well as other rare forms of skin cancer. As Director of Dermatologic Surgery at MSK Skin Cancer Center Hauppaugue, I lead a team of skilled physician assistants, nurses, patient care technicians, and laboratory staff providing high-quality skin cancer care to residents of Long Island.

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The main focus of my practice is dermatologic surgery to remove skin cancers as well as skin reconstruction. I completed fellowship training in dermatologic surgery, and have particular expertise in a technique called Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is an excellent option for people with nonmelanoma skin cancers located in delicate areas of the body. It has an extremely high cure rate and offers excellent cosmetic outcomes.

I believe that high-quality skin cancer care is compassionate and comprehensive. To me, this means not only curing the disease, but paying close attention to my patients’ personal preferences, comfort, and quality of life. I am grateful for the trust that patients place in my hands when they choose me for their care.  

With more than 20 years of experience, I continue to be fascinated and curious about the field of dermatology. I am constantly looking for new ways to enhance the techniques I use to treat patients, whether that means refining an existing approach or developing a new one.

My specific research focus is on sophisticated optical imaging devices called reflectance confocal microscopy and optical coherence tomography. These state-of-the-art technologies are not in wide use today, but in the future they may offer a noninvasive alternative to skin biopsy and help guide other aspects of skin cancer management. MSK’s Dermatology Service is at the forefront of this leading-edge technology and I’m proud to be a part of it.

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Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

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Clinical Trials

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Find a Clinical Trial for You

Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

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Research and Publications

Chen CSJ, Elias MD, Busam KJ, Rajadhyaksha M, Marghoob AA.  Multi-modal In Vivo Optical Imaging, Including Confocal Microscopy, Facilitate Pre-surgical Margin Mapping for Clinically Complex Lentigo Maligna Melanoma. Brit J Dermatol 2005; 153 (5): 1031-1036.

Thosani MK, Marghoob AA, Chen CSJ. Current Progress of Immunostains in Mohs Micrographic Surgery: A Review.  Dermatol Surg 2008;34(12):1621–1636

Chen CSJ, Sierra H, Cordova M, Rajadhyaksha, M. Confocal Microscopy Guided Laser Ablation for Superficial and Early Nodular Basal Cell Carcinoma. A Promising Surgical Alternative for Superficial Skin Cancers. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Sep 150(9):994-8.   

Bajaj S, Chen CSJ.  Patch Splinting for Atrophic or Tight Skin Excision Wounds. Dermatol Surg 2016 Oct 42(10): 1225-1227.

Sahu A, Yelamos O, Iftimia N, Cordova M, Alessi-Fox C, Gill M, Maguluri G, Dusza SW, Navarrete-Dechent C, Gonzalez S, Rossi AM, Marghoob AA Rajadhyaksha M, Chen CSJ, Combined handheld reflectance confocal microscopy-optical coherence tomography probe for detection and depth assessment of basal cell carcinoma: a prospective pilot study. JAMA Dermatol 2018 June.

Navarrete-Dechecnt C, Liopyris K, Cordova M, Busam KJ, Marghoob AA, Chen CSJ. Reflectance confocal microscopy and en face histopathology correlation of the dermoscopic feature of ‘circle within a circle’ in lentigo maligna. JAMA Dermatol 2018 July.

 

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Chen’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

Chih-Shan Jason Chen discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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