Christopher R. Shea, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Christopher R. Shea, MD

Eugene J. Van Scott 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

  • Actinic Keratosis
  • 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
  • Telangiectasia
  • Warts

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Dermatology

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

Practicing Since

  • 1983

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

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

News & Research

View Published Papers
  • 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)

Our list of accepted insurance providers is subject to change at any time. You should contact your insurance company to confirm UChicago Medicine participates in their network before scheduling your appointment. If your insurance company is not listed here, or if you have any other questions, please contact

2 Reviews

View More Reviews
About Our Star Ratings and Comments:

Randomly selected patients are sent patient satisfaction surveys after their visits. We get thousands of survey responses each year. The responses are used to improve patient experience and recognize staff members for the care they provide. Patient survey responses are also used to make star ratings for each provider.

For the star ratings and comments, all feedback on the provider web page is posted as it was given from patients. Comments that do not apply, risk patient privacy, or are not appropriate are not posted. Star ratings and comments come from a number of survey questions. A star rating is not given if a provider only has a small number of survey responses.

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park

Request an Appointment at Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park

To Refer a Patient

Refer a Patient