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James G Chelnis, MD

Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
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    • Positions
    • Specialties
    • Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
    • Ophthalmology (Eye)
    • Language
    • English
    • Hospital Affiliations
    • The Mount Sinai Hospital
    • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
    • Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West
    • Mount Sinai Queens

James Chelnis, MD is a passionate award-winning cosmetic facial surgeon who uses his unique expertise in bringing out your best. Dr. Chelnis has been recognized as a Top 10 Best Plastic Surgeon, by Super Doctors Rising Stars, Top Doctors as seen in New York Times and by He is an internationally recognized speaker and teacher in aesthetics and oculofacial plastic surgery, having presented from Sydney to Osaka.

One of his most fulfilling awards has been recognition for exemplary teaching, most recently by New York Eye & Ear of Mount Sinai. Dr. Chelnis has a proud history of being an educator locally, such as NYU, Mount Sinai, and NY Eye and Ear, as well as Vanderbilt University and other esteemed academic institutions and national conferences. He is the lead editor of YO Info, published monthly to over 7000 young physicians across the country and globe focused on education and early career development for other physicians.

Dr. Chelnis’ primary focus is achieving his patients’ goals. Using a full complement of surgery and facial implants, fillers (such as Juvedérm® and Restylane®), neuromodulators (such as BOTOX® and Xeomin®), and other injectables, lasers, and other technologies, Dr. James Chelnis is driven to produce the best results for his patients.

Dr. Chelnis is board certified in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmology, having completed his ASOPRS (American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeons) fellowship at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. He has a broad clinical and surgical focus on: thyroid eye disease; skin cancer, orbital tumors and cancers, facial plastics and cosmetics, facial fractures and trauma, arteriovenous malformations, skull base lesions, lid malpositions (ptosis/retraction/ectropion/entropion), tearing and nasolacrimal obstructions, amongst other medical conditions.



Clinical Focus

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm
  • Biopsy
  • Blepharitis
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Burn Deformities
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cellulitis
  • Chalazion
  • Cheek Lift
  • Chin Correction
  • Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dacryocystitis
  • Debridement Of A Wound, Infection, Or Burn
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Ectropion / Ectropion Repair
  • Eye Emergency Visit
  • Eye Infection
  • Eye Trauma / Removal of Foreign Body / Corneal Abrasion
  • Eyelid Cancer
  • Eyelid Laceration
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Malposition
  • Facial Deformities
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Implants
  • Facial Injuries
  • Fat Grafting
  • Fractional Laser Treatment
  • Hanging Eyelid / Ptosis
  • Head and Neck Reconstruction
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Hordeolum
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Impaired Vision
  • Laceration Repair
  • Laser Skin Treatment
  • Laser Vein Treatment
  • Lower Eyelid Bag Removal
  • Melanoma
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Non-Invasive Fat Reduction
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Optic Nerve Injury
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Orbital Fracture/Trauma
  • Orbital Plastic Surgery
  • Pterygium
  • Ptosis Repair
  • Rosacea
  • Shingles
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Excision
  • Skin Graft
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trauma
  • Trauma Surgery Consultation
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis
  • Xanthelasma And Xanthoma

Research Topics

Anatomy, Cancer, Cancer Genetics, Comparative Anatomy, Computed Tomography, Image Analysis, Imaging, Infectious Disease, MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Oncogenes, Pathology, Thyroid, Vision


MD, S.U.N.Y, Buffalo - School of Med & Biomed Sciences

Internship, Internal Medicine
Carney Hospital

Residency, Ophthalmology
S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Hospital

Fellowship, Ocular Plastic Surgery
Vanderbilt University

Fellowship, Ocular Plastic Surgery
University of Tennessee Health Science Center