Ernest S. Chiu, MD

  • Specialty: Plastic Surgery
  • Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Phone: 212-598-6500

About Me

I am a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in wound and scar repair. Additionally, I’m actively involved in clinical trials to determine which new wound healing therapies are most effective for accelerated and scarless healing. 

Outside of family and friends, my biggest passion in life is helping people heal and making them look and feel better. Taking an open, honest, personalized approach to patient care, I believe no problem is too big or small. It is both humbling and gratifying to have an opportunity to work closely with patients to formulate the best solutions for their needs.

My career in academic plastic surgery began in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, in a clinical practice focused on facial and breast cancer reconstruction. I was appointed the William Henderson Chair in Surgery at Tulane School of Medicine, and cofounded the Vascular Anomalies Center at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the community, I chose to remain and help the people and medical infrastructure of the city recover. 

In 2012, I was recruited to NYU Langone to become the director of the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Hyperbaric and Advanced Wound Healing Center. Our goal is to create the highest quality wound healing and regenerative medicine program in the world, providing patients and referring providers with the most reliable source of evidence-based wound care. 

I have published an extensive amount of literature on plastic surgery and lectured worldwide. I am a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and was honored in Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” series for the New York Metro Area. Also, I am an editorial board member of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.

Conditions and Treatments

plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, wound care procedure, skin cancer, microsurgery, facelift, eye surgery plastic, breast plastic surgery, leg reconstruction, otoplasty, liposuction, keloid, fat graft, breast reduction, ear reconstruction, melanoma, squamous cell cancer, birthmark, capillary hemangioma, mole, skin care, burn injury, facial paralysis, wound healing, abdominoplasty, eyelid repair
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  • Associate ProfessorHansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Dir Kimmel Hyperbaric & Advanced Wound Healing Ctr
  • Director Inpatient Consult Wound Service
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery - Plastic Surgery, 2015
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Microsurgery, 2004
  • Fellowship, NYU School of Medicine, Plastic Surgery, 2003
  • Residency, NYU School of Medicine, Surgery (General), 1998
  • MD from Columbia University, 1995

Locations and Appointments

68 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Agewell
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • Fidelis Child Health
  • Fidelis Exchange
  • Fidelis Family Health
  • Fidelis Medicaid
  • Fidelis Medicare
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Family Health
  • HIP Medicaid
  • HIP Medicare
  • HealthRepublic
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Local 1199 PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus Child Health
  • MetroPlus Exchange Plans
  • MetroPlus Family Health
  • MetroPlus Medicaid
  • MetroPlus Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NY Medicaid
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • United Exchange- Compass
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Village Caremax
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
  • WellCare Child Health
  • WellCare Family Health
  • WellCare Medicaid
  • WellCare Medicare
  • Workers Comp
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.
NYU Wound Healing Associates

240 East 38th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10016

NYU Wound Healing Associates

318 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010


Phone: 212-598-6500

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My Research


  • Treatment of Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Necrosis Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Alperovich, Michael; Harmaty, Marco; Chiu, Ernest S
    Plastic & reconstructive surgery. 2015 Feb. 135 (6): 1071e-1072e

  • Tracheostoma reconstruction with the supraclavicular artery island flap

    Chu, Michael W; Levy, Joshua M; Friedlander, Paul L; Chiu, Ernest S
    Annals of plastic surgery. 2015 Jun. 74 (6): 677-679

  • Adipose Stem Cell Therapy in Cancer Reconstruction: A Critical Review

    Alperovich, Michael; Lee, Z-Hye; Friedlander, Paul L; Rowan, Brian G; Gimble, Jeffrey M; Chiu, Ernest S
    Annals of plastic surgery. 2014 Jul. 73 Suppl 1: S104-S107 e101585

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