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Karmela Kim Chan, MD


About Dr. Chan


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 and was Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University, where she saw a broad range of patients with rheumatic conditions. She has a particular clinical interest in inflammatory arthritis, inflammatory eye disease, and SAPHO syndrome. Her research interest is in the rheumatic complications of the immunotherapy of cancer.


Specialized Centers

Inflammatory Arthritis Center
Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center

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Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College


Internal Medicine


Top Doctor, Rhode Island Magazine 2015-2016


Medical: University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines
Internship: University of Connecticut
Residency: University of Connecticut
Fellowship: University of Massachusetts

State Licensure


English, Tagalog

Publications by Dr. Chan

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of April 10, 2023, Dr. Chan reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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