Christopher R. Shea, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Christopher R. Shea, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Christopher Shea is an expert in disorders of the skin, hair and nails. He specializes in general dermatology, pigmented skin lesions (including moles and melanoma), cutaneous lymphoma and dermatopathology.

Dr. Shea's research focuses on melanoma, investigating origins, tumor markers and treatments. His research also examines effects of ultraviolet radiation on skin, and the pathologic basis of skin diseases.

A devoted educator, Dr. Shea is engaged in the professional training of residents and fellows. Additionally, he serves as director or co-director of many regional, national, and international medical courses. Dr. Shea has published more than 160 scientific papers and chapters, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Journal of Dermatopathology, and Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. Also a popular speaker, Dr. Shea has lectured at meetings around the world.

Areas of Expertise

  • Lichen Planus
  • Mole Surveillance
  • Pigmented Skin Lesions
  • Drug Allergies
  • Phototherapy
  • Telangiectasia
  • Warts
  • Skin Cancer
  • Screening for Patients with Sun Damage or Concerning Lesions
  • Mole Mapping
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Cutaneous Lymphomas
  • Dermatopathology
  • Infections of the Skin
  • Pigmentation Disorders
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Cutaneous Lupus
  • Acne

Board Certifications

  • Dermatopathology
  • Dermatology
  • Anatomic Pathology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Chicago Dermatological Society
  • International Society of Dermatopathology
  • Association of Professors of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Illinois Dermatological Society

Practicing Since

  • 1983

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Medical Education

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine


  • Alameda Health System; Massachusetts General Hospital


  • New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell; Massachusetts General Hospital

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