Dr. Chen grew up in Iowa, and attended college at the University of Iowa where he graduated Phi Eta Sigma and with high distinction in Physics with a minor in mathematics in 1990. He went on to attend the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Following this, he completed his surgical internship at Michigan State University. He then returned to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics to complete his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery training in 2002. During his residency, he also completed an NIH-sponsored research fellowship studying the genetic basis of hearing loss. Following residency training, he completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UCLA-affiliated, Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills in 2003. He then joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia as Director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Chen has co-authored several book chapters and more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also been invited to present his research at numerous national meetings. He is a member of several medical societies including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.