Karmela Kim Chan, MD

Dr. Chan graduated from medical school in the Philippines fully convinced that she wanted to become a rheumatologist. She worked towards that goal, finishing her internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut and her rheumatology fellowship at the University of Massachusetts.

Before moving to New York City, she spent seven years in private practice in Rhode Island with a focus on rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthritides, gout and osteoarthritis. In addition, Dr. Chan taught rheumatology as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She was also a columnist for a monthly rheumatology publication, writing about the challenges of starting life as a full-fledged rheumatologist in a private practice. 


Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College



Top Doctor, Rhode Island Magazine 2015-2016

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University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines


University of Connecticut


University of Connecticut


University of Massachusetts


Internal Medicine

State Licensure

New York, Rhode Island


Contact Information

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY, 10021


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