Margaret Chen, MD

Breast Surgery
Surgery (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Cancer Care
Languages: Cantonese, Chinese, Mandarin Chinese
Office Phone: (212) 305-9676


Margaret Chen, MD, FACS, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Clinical Breast Cancer Program. Dr. Chen is a highly experienced breast surgeon whose primary interest is in minimally invasive breast surgery.

Dr. Chen also has a special interest in the genetics of breast cancer in Asian women. She is nationally known for her outreach and education about this topic through a radio series, and her work with the Association of Chinese American Physicians, the Chinese American Medical Society, and American Cancer Society Asian Initiatives.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Amida Care

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]


Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Local 1199


Medicaid [NY]

Medicare [Medicare]


Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]


UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, The Empire Plan (NYSHIP)]

VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]


University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine (Canada)

1991 University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine - Canada

Residency: McGill University (Montreal General Hospital)



  • Feldman S, Chen M. Ablation Techniques for Benign and Breast Cancer. Mastery of Surgery 7th Edition. Book Chapter. Possible publication 2017.
  • Rohde C... Chen M… A Qualitative Study of Breast Reconstruction Decision-Making Among Asian Immigrant Women Living in the United States. Accepted for publication 2/2017, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • Feldman S, Bansil H, Ascherman J, Grant R, Borden B, Ojo A, Taback B, Chen M, Anathakrishnan P, Vaz A, Balci F, Divgi CR, Leung D, Rohde C. Institution Experience with Lymphatic Microsurgical Preventive Healing Approach (LYMPHA) for the Primary Prevention of Lymphedema. Annals of Surgical Oncology: Volume 22, Issue 10 (2015), Page 3296-3301
  • Chen M, Xu R, Turner J, Warhol M, August P, Lee P. Race and the Molecular Origins of Breast Cancer in Chinese Women. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Li B, Chen M, Nori D, Chao KS, Chen AM, Chen SL. Adjuvant Radiation Therapy and Survival for Pure Tubular Breast Carcinoma - Experience from the SEER database. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Sep 1;84(1):23-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2011.10.063. Epub 2012 Apr 28.
  • Nguyen K, Karsif K, Lee S, Chorny K, Chen M,. Axillary Lymphangioma in an Elderly Patient: An Unusual Cause of Axillary Mass. Breast J. 2011 Jul-Aug;17(4):416-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4741.2011.01103.x. Epub 2011 Jun 14.


  • 2014 Reviewer: A pilot study to determine the safety of recovered blood intended for auto-transfusion during pancreatic cancer operations
    8th Annual Irving Institute/Clinical Trials Office Pilot Awards
    Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2014 Reviewer: Proactive approach to lymphedema risk reduction: a prospective study
    Annals of Surgical Oncology
  • 2012 Reviewer: “Guiding Breast-Conserving Surgery in Patients after Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy for Breast Cancer. A Comparison of Radioactive Seed Localization with the ROLL Technique”
    Annals of Surgical Oncology
  • 2011 Reviewer: “Different Role of miR-196a-2rs11614913 Polymorphism in Esophageal Cancer or Breast Cancer Among Different Populations”
    Annals of Surgical Oncology

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Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC

  • 2009-2016 America's Top Surgeons Consumers’ Research Council of America Awarded to top 10% surgeons in the US
  • 1989-1991 Canada Scholar Scholarship Awarded for academic achievement
  • 1989-1991 Scholarship University of Toronto Awarded for academic achievement