Rita Mukhtar, MD

Breast surgeon

Dr. Rita Mukhtar specializes in breast surgery and acute care general surgery. For her breast cancer patients, she offers expertise in total skin-sparing mastectomies, wire localization surgery, breast conservation and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Mukhtar attended medical school at UCSF, where she received a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship to conduct research on the inflammatory response in sepsis, winning a resident research award. She remained at UCSF for general surgery residency and a research fellowship focusing on the role of inflammatory cells in breast cancer outcomes, funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program. After residency, she completed a fellowship in breast cancer surgery while serving as a clinical instructor in general surgery.

In addition to treating patients, she conducts research on breast cancer genetics and risk reduction, lobular breast cancer, and ductal carcinoma in situ. She is an assistant professor in the UCSF Division of General Surgery.


Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7070
Nurse Advice Line : (415) 353-9752
Surgery Fax: (415) 353-7050
Oncology Fax: (415) 353-7692

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

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Rita Mukhtar


UCSF School of Medicine 2006


UCSF Medical Center, General Surgery 2013


UCSF Medical Center, Breast Surgery 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Campbell MJ, Baehner F, O'Meara T, Ojukwu E, Han B, Mukhtar R, Tandon V, Endicott M, Zhu Z, Wong J, Krings G, Au A, Gray JW, Esserman L. Characterizing the immune microenvironment in high-risk ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 01; 161(1):17-28.
  2. Price ER, Wong J, Mukhtar R, Hylton N, Esserman LJ. How to use magnetic resonance imaging following neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced breast cancer. World J Clin Cases. 2015 Jul 16; 3(7):607-13.
  3. Mukhtar RA, Wong JM, Esserman LJ. Preventing Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment: Just the Next Step in the Evolution of Breast Cancer Care. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Jun; 13(6):737-43.

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