Christopher Bichakjian, MD

Christopher K. Bichakjian, MD

Interim Chair, Department of Dermatology
Professor, Department of Dermatology
Chief, Division of Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology
Director, Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program
Director, Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship

University of Michigan - Michigan Medicine
Department of Dermatology
1910 Taubman Center
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5314

Administrative Contact

Amanda Lewis | (734) 615-5275 | 


Dr. Christopher Bichakjian is Interim Chair and Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Bichakjian serves as Chief of the Division of Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology at Michigan Medicine, and is Director of the Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program at the Rogel Cancer Center.

He received his medical degree from Radboud University in The Netherlands. After his return to the US, he completed his dermatology residency and fellowship in dermatologic (Mohs) surgery and cutaneous oncology at the University of Michigan. Following his departure from the University of Michigan to private practice in New York City, Dr. Bichakjian returned to Ann Arbor and joined the Michigan Medicine cutaneous surgery and oncology faculty in 2004.

Dr. Bichakjian is a foremost expert in the field of cutaneous surgery and oncology. He has a special interest in Merkel cell carcinoma and established one of the first multidisciplinary programs in the world for this rare skin cancer in 2006. He has presented more than 90 national and international invited lectures and visiting professorships and authored or co-authored nearly 70 peer-reviewed publications with a primary focus on the multidisciplinary management of Merkel cell carcinoma and the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma.

On a national level, Dr. Bichakjian is heavily involved in the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to improve and develop optimal staging and clinical practice guidelines in cutaneous oncology, and serves as chair of the NCCN Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Panel. 


Michigan Medicine Mohs/Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology | Rogel Cancer Center: (734) 936-4068
Michigan Medicine Melanoma Clinic | Rogel Cancer Center: (734) 936-6360
Michigan Medicine Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Oncology Clinic | Rogel Cancer Center : (734) 936-6360


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997
  • Transitional Year Intern, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1998
  • Dermatology Resident, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001
  • Melanoma Extracurricular Training Program, Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic, University of Michigan, Department of Dermatology, Ann Arbor, MI, 2001
  • Fellow, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology (Training Director: Timothy M. Johnson, MD), Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI , 2003


  • American Board of Dermatology Certification
  • American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery & Cutaneous Oncology Certification

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