Dr. Catherine Chen is a board-certified dermatologist with over ten years of experience in the East Valley. She joins Spectrum Dermatology with her primary goal of constructing the best skin care and multi-disciplinary team for her patients. Dr. Chen graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Architecture. She remembers when her father passed away during her college years, that he said she would make a good doctor. This inspired her to take pre-med classes at Harvard Extension School while working as an architect. Her journey through doing pathology research at Boston Children’s Hospital led her back to University of Texas, Galveston for medical school. She then graduated with one of the school’s highest distinctions, the William Osler Award and graduated with the prestigious honor of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
She returned to the northeast for Dermatology residency at Boston University School of Medicine where she was published in many peer-reviewed journals and was selected as Chief Resident in her final year.
Dr. Chen is especially proud that the Arizona Cancer Registry lists her in the top 15% of dermatologists for the number of melanomas she diagnosed in 2013 and 2014, when the Registry began reporting data back to physicians. She and her husband Dr. Thomas Tsai, a family doctor in Gilbert have two sons. They enjoy boating and fishing, and Dr. Chen paints portraits while serving as Kyrene Traditional Academy-Sureno’s Art Masterpiece Coordinator and World Fair Chair. She teaches Sunday school and helps with Project Angel Tree, while supporting International Justice Missions.