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Rita Mukhtar


Breast cancer surgeon

Dr. Rita Mukhtar specializes in breast surgery and general surgery for urgent conditions. For her patients with breast cancer, she offers expertise in total skin-sparing mastectomies, breast conservation, wire localization surgery (used to show the location of tissue requiring biopsy) and sentinel lymph node biopsy (used to see if cancer has spread).

Mukhtar conducts research on breast cancer genetics and risk reduction. She also specifically studies lobular breast cancer (a type that begins in the milk-producing glands) and ductal carcinoma in situ (early breast cancer that has not spread beyond the milk ducts).

While attending medical school at UCSF, Mukhtar received a fellowship from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to conduct research on the inflammatory response in sepsis (a life-threatening condition that can develop from infection). She won a resident research award for this work. She remained at UCSF for a residency in general surgery and a research fellowship, funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program, focusing on the role of inflammatory cells in breast cancer outcomes. She then completed a fellowship in breast cancer surgery while serving as a clinical instructor in general surgery.

  • Education

    UCSF School of Medicine, 2006

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery, 2013

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Breast Surgery, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    42 Ratings
    About our process
    Sep 27, 2023
    Dr. Mukhtar was incredible - so articulate incisive and informative. So very grateful for her care and expwrtise.
    Aug 02, 2023
    Dr. Mukhtar's response to my diagnosis has been exceptional and things are moving quickly.
    Jul 28, 2023
    An unbelievable team to help me and my family understand my situation with great understanding information and care
    Jun 23, 2023
    Dr. Mukhtar is a caring and excellent surgeon. I am beyond pleased with her skill and knowledge.
    Jun 03, 2023
    I left empowered and relieved.
    May 26, 2023
    Dr. Mukhtar was so very professional informative and compassionate. She was also incredibly patient with all of my questions and spent whatever time I needed to feel comfortable with my upcoming procedures. She has a very caring approach.
    Dec 30, 2022
    All excellent
    Dec 19, 2022
    Dr. Mukhtar is the most impressive physician I have had involved with my treatment
    Aug 17, 2022
    Dr Mukhtar is an excellent physician and human
    Mar 30, 2022
    Dr. Mukhtar is an amazing doctor and person. She has been very supportive and informative. If it wasn't for Dr. Mukhtar's kind and very knowledgeable care I don't think I could have handled my cancer treatment physically and emotionally. She saved my life.
    Decorative Caduceus

    MammaPrint, BluePrint, and Full-genome Data Linked With Clinical Data to Evaluate New Gene EXpr...

    Create a large scale registry of full genome expression data with clinical data to investigate possible new gene associations with prognostic or predictive value.


    Decorative Caduceus

    Improving Survival for Metastatic Lobular Breast Cancer (PLUMB Registry)

    Feasibility is defined as enrollment of 10-12 patients with metastatic ILC in the first 2 years across all participating sites, and collection of clinical assessments in >=75% of treating medical oncologists