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Laura Esserman, M.D.

Director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Dr. Laura Esserman, a nationally known breast surgeon, is the director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the Mount Zion campus. Her work is devoted to developing new, more effective ways to care for and empower breast cancer patients during treatment and to tailor treatments using biology, personal preference and constant feedback regarding outcomes of care.

Esserman earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard University and completed medical and surgical training at Stanford University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in breast oncology at Stanford in 1988 and earned a master's degree at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1993. She joined UCSF Medical Center in 1993. Esserman is a profesor of surgery and radiology in the UCSF School of Medicine.

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.

Cancer Risk Program
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1714
Phone: (415) 885-7779
Fax: (415) 885-3787

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

Conditions & Treatments

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Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

Stanford University 1983

Residencies

Stanford University, General Surgery 1991

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Peled AW, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Esserman LJ. Oncoplastic mammoplasty as a strategy for reducing reconstructive complications associated with postmastectomy radiation therapy. Breast J. 2014 May; 20(3):302-7.
  2. Peled AW, Duralde E, Foster RD, Fiscalini AS, Esserman LJ, Hwang ES, Sbitany H. Patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction after total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate expander-implant reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May; 72 Suppl 1:S76-80.
  3. Esserman LJ, Thompson IM, Reid B, Nelson P, Ransohoff DF, Welch HG, Hwang S, Berry DA, Kinzler KW, Black WC, Bissell M, Parnes H, Srivastava S. Addressing overdiagnosis and overtreatment in cancer: a prescription for change. Lancet Oncol. 2014 May; 15(6):e234-42.
  4. Clark AS, Chen J, Kapoor S, Friedman C, Mies C, Esserman L, DeMichele A. Pretreatment vitamin D level and response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in women with breast cancer on the I-SPY trial (CALGB 150007/150015/ACRIN6657). Cancer Med. 2014 Jun; 3(3):693-701.
  5. Esserman L, Alvarado M. Setting a research agenda for ductal carcinoma in situ that meets the current need for change. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Apr 1; 160(7):511-2.
  6. Esserman LJ, Alvarado MD, Howe RJ, Mohan AJ, Harrison B, Park C, O'Donoghue C, Ozanne EM. Application of a decision analytic framework for adoption of clinical trial results: are the data regarding TARGIT-A IORT ready for prime time? Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Apr; 144(2):371-8.
  7. Zarin-Pass M, Belkora J, Volz S, Esserman L. Making better doctors: a survey of premedical interns working as health coaches. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Mar; 29(1):167-74.
  8. Jackson SA, Davis AA, Li J, Yi N, McCormick SR, Grant C, Fallen T, Crawford B, Loranger K, Litton J, Arun B, Vande Wydeven K, Sidani A, Farmer K, Sanders M, Hoskins K, Nussbaum R, Esserman L, Garber JE, Kaklamani VG. Characteristics of individuals with breast cancer rearrangements in BRCA1 and BRCA2. Cancer. 2014 May 15; 120(10):1557-64.
  9. O'Donoghue C, Eklund M, Ozanne EM, Esserman LJ. Aggregate cost of mammography screening in the United States: comparison of current practice and advocated guidelines. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Feb 4; 160(3).
  10. Newitt DC, Aliu SO, Witcomb N, Sela G, Kornak J, Esserman L, Hylton NM. Real-Time Measurement of Functional Tumor Volume by MRI to Assess Treatment Response in Breast Cancer Neoadjuvant Clinical Trials: Validation of the Aegis SER Software Platform. Transl Oncol. 2014 Feb; 7(1):94-100.
  11. Drukker CA, Schmidt MK, Rutgers EJ, Cardoso F, Kerlikowske K, Esserman LJ, van Leeuwen FE, Pijnappel RM, Slaets L, Bogaerts J, Van't Veer LJ. Mammographic screening detects low-risk tumor biology breast cancers. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Feb; 144(1):103-11.
  12. Ozanne EM, Howe R, Omer Z, Esserman LJ. Development of a personalized decision aid for breast cancer risk reduction and management. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2014; 14(1):4.
  13. Esserman LJ, Thompson IM, Reid BJ. Changing the terminology of cancer--reply. JAMA. 2014 Jan 8; 311(2):203.
  14. Wells CJ, O'Donoghue C, Ojeda-Fournier H, Retallack HE, Esserman LJ. Evolving Paradigm for Imaging, Diagnosis, and Management of DCIS. J Am Coll Radiol. 2013 Dec; 10(12):918-23.
  15. 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.
  16. Vaidya JS, Wenz F, Bulsara M, Tobias JS, Joseph DJ, Keshtgar M, Flyger HL, Massarut S, Alvarado M, Saunders C, Eiermann W, Metaxas M, Sperk E, Sütterlin M, Brown D, Esserman L, Roncadin M, Thompson A, Dewar JA, Holtveg HM, Pigorsch S, Falzon M, Harris E, Matthews A, Brew-Graves C, Potyka I, Corica T, Williams NR, Baum M. Risk-adapted targeted intraoperative radiotherapy versus whole-breast radiotherapy for breast cancer: 5-year results for local control and overall survival from the TARGIT-A randomised trial. Lancet. 2014 Feb 15; 383(9917):603-13.
  17. Eklund M, Esserman LJ. Screening: Biology dictates the fate of young women with breast cancer. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2013 Dec; 10(12):673-5.
  18. Campbell MJ, Wolf D, Mukhtar RA, Tandon V, Yau C, Au A, Baehner F, Van't Veer L, Berry D, Esserman LJ. The prognostic implications of macrophages expressing proliferating cell nuclear antigen in breast cancer depend on immune context. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e79114.
  19. Omer ZB, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ, Howe R, Ozanne EM. Impact of ductal carcinoma in situ terminology on patient treatment preferences. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Oct 28; 173(19):1830-1.
  20. Esserman LJ, Thompson IM, Reid B. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment in cancer: an opportunity for improvement. JAMA. 2013 Aug 28; 310(8):797-8.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.