Sean R. Christensen, MD,PhD

Specialty

Dermatology

Conditions & Treatments

Basal Cell Carcinomas, Melanoma, Mohs Surgery, Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Phone
(203) 785-3466
Accepting New Patients
Telehealth Visits

Biography

Dermatologist Sean Christensen, MD, is the director of Yale Medicine’s Dermatologic Surgery Program in Branford. In addition to the medical and surgical treatment of skin cancer and related lesions, he makes it his goal to teach patients that they can help their skin in future years by making sun safety a priority.

“You can’t change the sunburns you had in the past, so I tell my patients it’s important to focus on what you can do for your skin starting today,” Dr. Christensen says. “Because ongoing exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun accelerates skin cancer formation, any decrease in sun exposure now will pay benefits in the future, even for patients who have already had skin cancer removed.”

Dr. Christensen is highly skilled in performing a delicate procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery to remove skin cancer, layer by layer. Then, in the Mohs laboratory, he checks sections of the skin under a microscope to be sure he has removed all cancerous cells. The procedure helps speed healing and minimize scarring while providing the highest possible cure rate for most forms of skin cancer. “For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of Mohs surgery is being able to reconstruct important facial structures after complete skin cancer removal. But the best part,” Dr. Christensen explains, “is seeing patients back after surgery who are very happy with their results.”

In addition to treating skin cancer patients in the Dermatologic Surgery Program, Dr. Christensen also researches basic mechanisms of skin cancer development. His laboratory uses genetic sequencing to identify mutations that promote cancer in human skin, and also uses animal models to investigate how sun-damaged cells grow and progress to malignant lesions.

Gender

Male

Language(s)

English

Affiliated With

Yale Medicine

Locations

Yale Dermatologic Surgery

40 Temple Street
Suite 5A
New Haven, CT 06510

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Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fax
(203) 785-5256

Yale Dermatology

1625 Straits Turnpike
Suite 306
Middlebury, CT 06762

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Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Yale Dermatology

5 South Main Street
Suite 511
Branford, CT 06405

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Fax
(203) 481-2830

Yale Dermatology

322 East Main St.
Suite 2G
Branford, CT 06405

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Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fax
(203) 481-2830

Education & Training

Education

University of California;Yale University School of Medicine

Internship

Yale University School of Medicine

Residency

Yale New Haven Hospital

Fellowship

Yale University School of Medicine

Accepted Insurance

Insurance coverage regularly changes, please contact the doctor’s office directly to verify that your specific insurance plan is accepted.

  • aetna
  • anthem bc/bs
  • berkeley care network
  • cigna healthcare
  • community care network
  • connecticare
  • corvel
  • first health network
  • focus healthcare
  • great west
  • husky
  • medicaid
  • medicare
  • multiplan
  • oxford health plans
  • railroad medicare
  • tricare/champus
  • united healthcare
  • us family health plan
  • wellcare