MSK dermatologic surgeon Jason Chen

Chih-Shan Jason Chen, MD, PhD, FAAD

Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Cutaneous Laser Surgery

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Director, Dermatologic Surgery, Hauppauge
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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.

My Role at MSK

A dermatologist is a doctor with special training in skin, hair, and nails.

A Mohs surgeon is a doctor with special training in treating skin cancer with Mohs surgery. This surgery removes cancer while keeping healthy tissue safe.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • 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
Education & Honors

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

Insurance Information

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Aetna

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (MTA retirees only)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Carrum Health

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

Cigna

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Emblem to learn more.

Emblem Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Fidelis

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Fidelis to learn more.

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

First Health

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Healthfirst

In Network Coverage Type
EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Healthfirst to learn more.

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

In Network Coverage Type
PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Magnacare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

In Network Coverage Type
Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

MVP

In Network Coverage Type
PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

In Network Coverage Type
TBD

Oscar

In Network Coverage Type
HMO/EPO

Oxford

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Qualcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

UMR

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS

United Healthcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

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Contact and Location

Dr. Chen sees patients at one location.

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Location
Hauppauge, NY
800 Veterans Memorial Highway 2nd Floor Hauppauge NY 11788

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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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