Christopher R. Shea, MD

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

Eugene J. Van Scott Professor of Medicine

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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 POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1983

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Dermatology

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English