Olivia Chen, M.D.

Dr. Olivia Chen is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon in the American College of Mohs Surgery. She treats the full scope of dermatologic conditions, with specialized training and expertise in high-risk skin cancer, Mohs surgery, surgical reconstruction, and cosmetic concerns.

She completed dermatology residency at University of Michigan, followed by a Mohs surgery fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she trained with experts in melanoma, rare cancers, high-risk skin cancer surgery, and complex reconstruction. Dr. Chen has trained internationally as well with Mohs surgeons seeing underserved patients in South Africa and Peru. She draws on these experiences to provide the highest quality care to patients with even the most challenging skin cancers, while also focusing on the best cosmetic surgical reconstruction possible.

Dr. Chen also specializes in non-surgical cosmetic treatments including neurotoxins, fillers, chemical peels, and laser procedures. At both MD Anderson and University of Michigan, she trained with leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology and laser medicine. As an avid realistic portrait artist in her spare time, Dr. Chen translates this scrutiny of detail to providing patients with individualized and natural cosmetic results.

Dedicated to improving treatment options through research, Dr. Chen has been a collaborator on clinical trials for advanced and metastatic skin cancer at MD Anderson and a sub-investigator for psoriasis, lupus, and atopic dermatitis trials at University of Michigan. Previously, she has conducted research in Singapore and Switzerland and authored many peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

She is a bilingual Spanish-speaking physician, previously certified at both MD Anderson and University of Michigan, and has enjoyed teaching Spanish to medical students, and providing dermatologic care to patients in Peru and farmworkers in the U.S.

Dr. Chen enjoys playing piano, portrait drawing, tennis, soccer, and skiing. She is from Ohio; however, her family moved to Austin about 15 years ago, and she is excited to be back!


Mohs Surgery Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Dermatology Residency: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Intern Year: The Colorado Health Foundation, Denver, CO
Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, Graduation with Distinction, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (President)
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, B.S., molecular genetics, (minors Spanish, chemistry), Honors and Research Distinction, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Esquel, Argentina
Lausanne, Switzerland (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Singapore (Agency for Science Technology and Research)
Trujillo, Peru (Universidad Nacional de Trujillo)
Lima, Peru (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia)
Cape Town, South Africa (Tygerberg Hospital)
Pretoria, South Africa (Skin Mattrs Mohs Unit)

Professional Affiliations

Board-certified, American Board of Dermatology, Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery
Board-certified, American Board of Dermatology
Associate, American College of Mohs Surgery
President, Austin Dermatological Society
Member, Texas Medical Association


American Society for Dermatologic Surgery International Traveling Mentorship Program in Mohs Surgery, South Africa; 2021
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Resident Scholarship; 2020
Making a Diffrence Award; 2019/2021
Alpha Omega Alpha (President); 2016
Carolina Medical Student Research Grant; 2014
Phi Beta Kappa; 2013
Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award, Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research, Kathryn D. Sullivan Scholarship, John D. And Marguerite M. Sullivan Scholarship, Dr. Elizabeth Wagner Scholarship, Biological Sciences Alumni Society Scholarship, Ohio State Alumni Scholarship, Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Undergraduate Student Government Academic Enrichment Grant, EPFL Summer Research Program Grant; 2012
Kaplan Newsweek Magazine My Turn National Essay Contest 6th place, Reconnecting the Circle National Essay Contest Winner, Ohio State Alumni Scholarship; 2009


  1. Brent A, Chen O, et al. Detection of Antibody-Coated Fungi in Cutaneous Mucormycosis by Direct Immunofluorescence. J Cutan Pathol. 2023; 1- 5. doi:10.1111/cup.14435
  2. Chen OM et al. Advances in Management and Therapeutics of Cutaneous Basal Cell Carcinoma. Cancers. 2022; 14(15):3720.
  3. Burns C, Kubicki S, Nguyen Q-B, Aboul-Fettouh N, Wilmas K, Chen OM, et al. Advances in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Management. Cancers. 2022; 14(15):3653.
  4. Chen O, et al. Multiple pruritic papules with central black dots on the extremities of a farmworker. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2021. Aug;19(8):1225-1227.
  5. Sonis J and Chen OM. Approval processes in evidence-based clinical practice guidelines sponsored by medical specialty societies. PLoS One. 2020;15(2):e0229004.
  6. Chen O, et al. Erythema and bullae on the face and hands of a farm worker. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2019;44(1):99‐101.
  7. Liu Z, Chen O, Wall JBJ, et al. Systematic comparison of 2A peptides for cloning multi-genes in a polycistronic vector. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):2193.
  8. Chen O, et al. Verrucae Planae Within Previous Xenograft Sites of Burn Wounds. Ped Derm. 2017;34(3):e130‐e131.
  9. Liu Z, Chen O, Zheng M, et al. Re-patterning of H3K27me3, H3K4me3 and DNA methylation during fibroblast conversion into induced cardiomyocytes. Stem Cell Res. 2016;16(2):507‐518.
  10. Chen O and Qian L. Direct Cardiac Reprogramming: Advances in Cardiac Regeneration. Biomed Res Int. 2015:580406.
  11. Wang L, Liu Z, Yin C, Asfour H, Chen O, et al. Stoichiometry of Gata4, Mef2c and Tbx5 influences the efficiency and quality of iCM reprogramming. Circ Res. 2015;116(2):237‐244.
  12. Palmer A, Peña B, Sears RB, Chen O, et al. Cytotoxicity of cyclometallated ruthenium complexes: the role of ligand exchange on the activity. Phil Trans R Soc A. 2013;371:20120135.