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Michael Alvarado, M.D.

Breast cancer surgeon
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. Sbitany H, Wang F, Peled AW, Lentz R, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Fowble B, Foster RD. Immediate Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction following Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Defining the Risk of Preoperative and Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Surgical Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep; 134(3):396-404.
  2. Esserman L, Hayes M, Alvarado M. Haste makes waste, but lack of urgency is opportunity lost. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Aug; 147(1):223-4.
  3. Wang F, Peled AW, Garwood E, Fiscalini AS, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction: An Evolution of Technique and Assessment of Outcomes. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Jul 23.
  4. Cureton EL, Yau C, Alvarado MD, Krontiras H, Ollila DW, Ewing CA, Monnier S, Esserman LJ. Local Recurrence Rates are Low in High-Risk Neoadjuvant Breast Cancer in the I-SPY 1 Trial (CALGB 150007/150012; ACRIN 6657). Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Sep; 21(9):2889-96.
  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. Sbitany H, Wang F, Saeed L, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Foster RD. Immediate Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction Following Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy In Women With A History Of Augmentation Mammoplasty: Assessing The Safety Profile. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar 11.
  7. Sanchez Rodriguez R, Pauli ML, Neuhaus IM, Yu SS, Arron ST, Harris HW, Yang SH, Anthony BA, Sverdrup FM, Krow-Lucal E, Mackenzie TC, Johnson DS, Meyer EH, Löhr A, Hsu A, Koo J, Liao W, Gupta R, Debbaneh MG, Butler D, Huynh M, Levin EC, Leon A, Hoffman WY, McGrath MH, Alvarado MD, Ludwig CH, Truong HA, Maurano MM, Gratz IK, Abbas AK, Rosenblum MD. Memory regulatory T cells reside in human skin. J Clin Invest. 2014 Mar 3; 124(3):1027-36.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Alvarado M, Ozanne E, Esserman L. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment of breast cancer. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2012; e40-5.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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