Christopher R. Shea, MD

Dermatology, Pathology, Dermatologic Oncology (Skin Cancer) | More

Eugene J. Van Scott Professor of Medicine

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


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

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

Medical Education

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine


  • Alameda County Medical Center


  • Massachusetts General Hospital


  • Massachusetts General Hospital; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • American Society of Dermatopathology
  • Association of Professors of Dermatology
  • Chicago Dermatological Society
  • Illinois Dermatological Society
  • International Society of Dermatopathology
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1983

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Dermatology

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English