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Dr. James Chelnis, MD

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
4.5 (15)
Map Pin Small Memphis, TN
Accepting new patients
13 years of experience
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Overview of Dr. James Chelnis, MD

Dr. James Chelnis, MD is an Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Memphis, TN. They specialize in Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, has 13 years of experience, and is board certified in Ophthalmology. They graduated from U OF BUFFALO SUNY SCH OF MED & BIOMEDICAL SCI and is affiliated with Mount Sinai Morningside, Lenox Hill Hospital, Maimonides Midwood Community Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens and Mount Sinai South Nassau.

Dr. Chelnis works at UT Hamilton Eye Institute in Memphis, TN with other offices in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY. They frequently treat conditions like Ectropion of Eyelid, Stye and Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) along with other conditions at varying frequencies. They are accepting new patients and accepts Aetna, Anthem and Blue Cross Blue Shield as well as other major insurance plans. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment and to confirm all accepted insurance plans.

Dr. Chelnis' Office Locations

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    UT Hamilton Eye Institute
    930 Madison Ave Ste 200, Memphis, TN 38103 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions
    8:00am - 5:00pm
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    Manhattan Face and Eye
    150 W 58th St Apt 1C, New York, NY 10019 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions
    8:00am - 6:00pm
    8:00am - 6:00pm
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    Manhattan Oculoplastics (Brooklyn)
    2965 Ocean Ave Fl 4, Brooklyn, NY 11235 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions
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    Manhattan Oculoplastics
    110 E 40th St Rm 404, New York, NY 10016 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions
    9:00am - 5:00pm
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    • Aetna
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    How was your appointment with Dr. Chelnis?

    Oct 25, 2022
    Dr. Chelnis did the surgery to lift my eyelids and re-position my eyebrows to help improve my eyesight (Blepharoplasty + Browplasty in one cut) What I liked: - Staff is well trained and a joy to work with. Accessible by email, phone, and text - Dr. Chelnis explained the entire process and what will happen - Before surgery, received a written instructions page - On the day of surgery, Dr. Chelnis did it well, fast, and with little to no pain - I got a bag with all the stuff I need for recovery. The package was thoughtful & handy! Office staff attended to all the details: from a special ice pack for my eyes, a pillow to keep my head elevated, and even baby shampoo due to my eyes being more sensitive after surgery. - Post-op calls that are thoughtful and helpful. I had a recovery question one weekend and could call the Doctor immediately. - Recovery was excellent, with daily improvements - Now, several weeks after surgery, I am happy with the results. Overall excellent Doctor!
    — Oct 25, 2022
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    About Dr. James Chelnis, MD

    • Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
    Years of Experience
    • 13 years of experience
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    Languages Spoken
    • English, Russian
    Languages Spoken
    • Male
    NPI Number
    • 1952612913
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    Education & Certifications

    • St Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • University at Buffalo - State University of New York
    • Carney Hospital
    Medical Education
    Medical Education
    Undergraduate School
    • University of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School
    Board Certifications
    • Ophthalmology
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    Hospital Affiliations

    • Mount Sinai Morningside
    • Lenox Hill Hospital
    • Maimonides Midwood Community Hospital
    • Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital
    • Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Mount Sinai Queens
    • Mount Sinai South Nassau

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    Dr. James Chelnis, MD is accepting new patients on Healthline FindCare. You can check to see if Dr. Chelnis is offering online scheduling or call the provider’s office for more information.

    Dr. Chelnis has an average wait time of 16 – 30 minutes at their office(s).

    Dr. Chelnis has indicated that they do offer telehealth services. Please call the provider’s office at for more information.

    Dr. Chelnis has seen patients for Ectropion of Eyelid, Stye and Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis), and more. You can see other conditions treated by Dr. Chelnis on their profile. Please call the provider’s office to confirm all visit reasons.

    15 patients have reviewed Dr. Chelnis. The overall rating for this provider is 4.5. You can read verified reviews and ratings and leave your own review based on your experience with Dr. Chelnis.

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