Kira Minkis, M.D. Ph.D.
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Kira Minkis, M.D. Ph.D.


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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Female
Language: English, Russian


Personal Statement

My principal interest is in achieving the best results for curing skin cancer. My surgical skills blend aesthetic sensibility along with technical precision to ensure the best outcome, both in terms of cure and cosmetic result. I pride myself in being friendly, caring, attentive and compassionate. When I treat patients, I prioritize treating the patient overall, not simply focusing on one problem.  I strive to ensure that my patients feel comfortable, have all their needs met, and all their questions answered.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Procedural Dermatology
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Melanoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Skin Care In Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
  • Laser Removal of Blood Vessels and Redness of Skin
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Aesthetic Dermatology
  • Cosmetic Skin Procedures
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Botox and Filler Treatment
  • Procedural Dermatologist
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • PDT (Photodynamic Therapy)
  • Dermatologic Oncology


Dr. Minkis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry with Honors at the New York University. She pursued her medical education and doctorate in molecular oncology and immunology at New York University School of Medicine. Her doctoral dissertation research focused on studying the immune response to melanoma and development of a therapeutic vaccine for melanoma.  Dr. Minkis completed her training in dermatology at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was awarded the Distinguished House Staff Award. Following her residency training, she completed a fellowship in Procedural Dermatology and Mohs micrographic surgery at Northwestern University and, in addition, was one of the first seven dermatologists in the US to have completed the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship.  As a Weill Cornell-trained dermatologist, Dr. Minkis strives to continue the tradition of excellence in patient care and scholarly pursuits that distinguishes the Weill Cornell Dermatology.  

Kira Minkis, MD, PhD specializes in the treatment and prevention of skin cancer. The Mohs micrographic surgical technique allows for the highest potential cure rate for high risk non-melanoma skin cancers while removing the least possible amount of tissue. Dr. Minkis also has extensive training in surgical removal of early stage melanoma with precise microscopic examination of the surgical margin. 

Due to her extensive research experience in the role that the immune system plays in skin cancer, Dr. Minkis is very interested in caring for patients at high risk for skin cancer development, such as those with altered immune systems following organ transplantation.  Dr. Minkis has published in multiple peer reviewed journals, has co-authored numerous book chapters and has lectured at many national meetings.



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Dermatologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 2009
  • Ph.D., New York University, 2008
  • B.A., New York University, 2002


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • * Affinity Access
  • * Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • * Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • * Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • * Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • * Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • * United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • * VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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