Dr. James Chelnis, MD

Dr. James Chelnis, MD

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 35
Dr. James Chelnis, MD is an ophthalmic plastic & reconstructive surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 3 years. He graduated from U OF BUFFALO SUNY SCH OF MED & BIOMEDICAL SCI in 2010 and specializes in ophthalmic plastic & reconstructive surgery and ophthalmology.Read his story

17 E 102nd St Fl 8th

New York, NY 10029

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  • Humana
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  • Qualchoice
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Tear Duct Disorders
more than 54% of peers
Blocked Tear Duct
more than 54% of peers
more than 45% of peers

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Dr. Chelnis' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Chelnis "Dr. Chelnis is recognized as a 2018 Top Doctor and 2018 Super Doctors Rising Star with a special focus around your most prominent facial feature- your eyes! Dr. Chelnis serves as a cosmetic and functional surgeon and treats patients of all ages, from birth onward. He is trained in oculoplastics and ophthalmology. He completed his fellowship subspecialty training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and University of Tennessee. He returned to New York and is now the only oculoplastics provider at Mount Sinai Hospital in the upper east side of Manhattan. He has published and presented dozens of times within his field, both national and internationally, including the Sydney Eye Hospital in Australia, and Osaka, Japan. He has won awards for his research and funding from sources such as the Manhattan Eye Foundation. He is the Chief of the Young Ophthalmologists Info Editorial Board. This national publication focuses on education and empowering young physicians specializing in eye and periocular surgery. He is also an oculoplastics section editor of Eyewiki, a web presence of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. James Chelnis has also been recognized for his teaching and volunteerism, receiving the "Excellence in Ancillary Clinics Award" for his work in theEast Harlem Hospital Outreach Program in association with the Mount Sinai Health System."
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2  Specialties

  • Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Chelnis does not have any board certifications listed.

81  Conditions Treated

  • Adnexal Tumors
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Tumor
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blepharochalasis
  • Blepharophimosis - Ptosis - Epicanthus Inversus Syndrome
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Chalazion
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Eczema
  • Eyelid Growth
  • Eyelid Inflammation
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Eyelid Tumor
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Laceration
  • Facial Palsy
  • Facial Trauma
  • Fracture
  • Hemangioma
  • Intracranial Venous Thrombosis
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Meningiomas
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurofibromatosis, Type 1
  • Neurofibromatosis, Type 2
  • Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid
  • Ocular Herpes (Herpes of the Eye)
  • Ophthalmoplegia
  • Optic Nerve Tumor
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbit Tumor
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Orbital Diseases
  • Orbital Fracture
  • Orbital Lymphangioma
  • Orbital Lymphoma
  • Orbital Nerve Tumor
  • Papilledema
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma of the Orbit
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sarcoidosis of the Optic Nerve
  • Sarcoma
  • Sebaceous Carcinoma of the Eyelid
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Sebaceous Gland Carcinoma
  • Shingles
  • Short Tarsus - Absence of Lower Eyelashes
  • Skin Adnexal Tumor
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Conjunctiva
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Eye Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
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62  Procedures

  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Asian Eyelid Surgery
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox® for Blepharospasm
  • Botox® Injection
  • Brow Lift
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Xeomin® Injection
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Dacryocystostomy or Dacryocystotomy
  • Dermal Filler
  • Dysport Injection
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Eyelid Tumor Reconstruction
  • Facelift
  • Facial Bone Fracture Repair
  • Facial Contour Alteration
  • Facial Implant Surgery
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Facial Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Laceration Repair
  • Lacrimal Surgery
  • Lash Enhancer
  • Nasal Lacrimal Duct Surgery
  • Neuromodulation
  • Non-Cosmetic Botox® Injection
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Non-Surgical Facelift
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Orbit Reconstruction
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Orbital Exenteration 
  • Orbital Floor Fracture Repair
  • Orbital Surgical Procedures
  • Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Lid Retraction
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
  • Skin Cancer Tumor Treatment
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Lesion Biopsy
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Skin Procedures
  • Skin Surgery
  • Suture Uncomplicated Lacerations
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Xeomin® for Blepharospasm
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
    Medical School | Graduated 2010
  • Carney Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2011
  • University at Buffalo - State University of New York
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Vanderbilt University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2015

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

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