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Michael Alvarado, M.D.

Breast cancer and melanoma surgeon

Dr. Michael Alvarado is a cancer surgeon who treats patients with breast cancer and melanoma at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at Mount Zion. In addition to treating patients, he conducts breast irradiation trials and studies blood-based and molecular markers to improve breast-cancer screening.

Alvarado earned a master's degree in chemistry at the University of Arizona and a medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. After completing a residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida. He is an associate professor of surgery and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery..

Clinics

Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7070
Surgery Fax: (415) 353-7050
Oncology Fax: (415) 353-7692

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Melanoma Center
1600 Divisadero St.,
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-9900
Fax: (415) 885-3802

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Melanoma Surgery
1701 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-9900
Fax: (415) 885-3802

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Michael Alvarado

Education

Dartmouth Medical School 1998

Residencies

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Surgery 1999

Fellowships

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Alvarado MD, Conolly J, Park C, Sakata T, Mohan AJ, Harrison BL, Hayes M, Esserman LJ, Ozanne EM. Patient preferences regarding intraoperative versus external beam radiotherapy following breast-conserving surgery. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Jan; 143(1):135-40.
  2. Peled AW, Irwin CS, Hwang ES, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ. Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy in BRCA Mutation Carriers. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Jan; 21(1):37-41.
  3. Alvarado MD, Mohan AJ, Esserman LJ, Park CC, Harrison BL, Howe RJ, Thorsen C, Ozanne EM. Cost-effectiveness analysis of intraoperative radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Sep; 20(9):2873-80.
  4. Hornberger J, Gradishar WJ, Alvarado MD, Chien R, Yu TM, Gutierrez HR. Author's reply to Lamy. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Jan 16; 105(2):149-50.
  5. Hornberger J, Alvarado MD, Rebecca C, Gutierrez HR, Yu TM, Gradishar WJ. Clinical validity/utility, change in practice patterns, and economic implications of risk stratifiers to predict outcomes for early-stage breast cancer: a systematic review. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Jul 18; 104(14):1068-79.
  6. Peled AW, Foster RD, Garwood ER, Moore DH, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. The effects of acellular dermal matrix in expander-implant breast reconstruction after total skin-sparing mastectomy: results of a prospective practice improvement study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jun; 129(6):901e-908e.
  7. Chang EI, Peled AW, Foster RD, Lin C, Zeidler KR, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Evaluating the feasibility of extended partial mastectomy and immediate reduction mammoplasty reconstruction as an alternative to mastectomy. Ann Surg. 2012 Jun; 255(6):1151-7.
  8. Warren Peled A, Foster RD, Stover AC, Itakura K, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Outcomes after total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction in 657 breasts. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Oct; 19(11):3402-9.
  9. Itakura K, Lessing J, Sakata T, Heinzerling A, Vriens E, Wisner D, Alvarado M, Esserman L, Ewing C, Hylton N, Hwang ES. The impact of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging on surgical treatment and outcomes for ductal carcinoma in situ. Clin Breast Cancer. 2011 Mar; 11(1):33-8.
  10. Warren Peled A, Itakura K, Foster RD, Hamolsky D, Tanaka J, Ewing C, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Hwang ES. Impact of chemotherapy on postoperative complications after mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction. Arch Surg. 2010 Sep; 145(9):880-5.
  11. Vaidya JS, Joseph DJ, Tobias JS, Bulsara M, Wenz F, Saunders C, Alvarado M, Flyger HL, Massarut S, Eiermann W, Keshtgar M, Dewar J, Kraus-Tiefenbacher U, Sütterlin M, Esserman L, Holtveg HM, Roncadin M, Pigorsch S, Metaxas M, Falzon M, Matthews A, Corica T, Williams NR, Baum M. Targeted intraoperative radiotherapy versus whole breast radiotherapy for breast cancer (TARGIT-A trial): an international, prospective, randomised, non-inferiority phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2010 Jul 10; 376(9735):91-102.
  12. Chan LW, Rabban J, Hwang ES, Bevan A, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Fowble B. Is radiation indicated in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ and close or positive mastectomy margins? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 May 1; 80(1):25-30.
  13. Melis M, Hernandez J, Siegel EM, McLoughlin JM, Ly QP, Nair RM, Lewis JM, Jensen EH, Alvarado MD, Coppola D, Eschrich S, Bloom GC, Yeatman TJ, Shibata D. Gene expression profiling of colorectal mucinous adenocarcinomas. Dis Colon Rectum. 2010 Jun; 53(6):936-43.
  14. Mukhtar RA, Throckmorton AD, Alvarado MD, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Chiu C, Hwang ES. Bacteriologic features of surgical site infections following breast surgery. Am J Surg. 2009 Oct; 198(4):529-31.
  15. Lang JE, Liu LC, Lu Y, Jenkins T, Hwang SE, Esserman LJ, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Morita E, Treseler P, Leong SP. Prognostic implications of positive nonsentinel lymph nodes removed during selective sentinel lymphadenectomy for breast cancer. Breast J. 2009 May-Jun; 15(3):242-6.
  16. Garwood ER, Moore D, Ewing C, Hwang ES, Alvarado M, Foster RD, Esserman LJ. Total skin-sparing mastectomy: complications and local recurrence rates in 2 cohorts of patients. Ann Surg. 2009 Jan; 249(1):26-32.
  17. Liu LC, Lang JE, Jenkins T, Lu Y, Ewing CA, Hwang SE, Sokol S, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Morita E, Treseler P, Leong SP. Is it necessary to harvest additional lymph nodes after resection of the most radioactive sentinel lymph node in breast cancer? J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Dec; 207(6):853-8.
  18. Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Elyassnia D, Foster RD, Shelley Hwang E. Surgery for palliation and treatment of advanced breast cancer. Surg Oncol. 2007 Dec; 16(4):249-57.
  19. Alvarado M, Sondak V, Leong PL. The value of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the management of head and neck melanoma. J Surg Oncol. 2007 May 1; 95(6):524-5; author reply 523.
  20. Jensen EH, Lewis JM, McLoughlin JM, Alvarado MD, Daud A, Messina J, Enkemann S, Yeatman TJ, Sondak VK, Riker AI. Down-regulation of pro-apoptotic genes is an early event in the progression of malignant melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Apr; 14(4):1416-23.

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