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Laura J. Esserman, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor of Surgery and Radiology
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Breast Care Surgery
Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Contact Information

Education

  • 1974-77, Harvard University, A.B.
  • 1978-83, Stanford University, M.D.

Residencies

  • 1983-85, Stanford University School of Medicine, Resident, General Surgery
  • 1988-90, Stanford University School of Medicine, Resident, General Surgery
  • 1990-91, Stanford University School of Medicine, Chief Resident, General Surgery

Fellowships

  • 1985-88, Stanford University School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fe, Oncology, Medical

Postdoctoral Training

  • 1991-93, Stanford University, M.B.A.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery - General Surgery - 1992

Program Affiliations

  • UCSF Center of Excellence for Breast Cancer Care
  • UCSF Carol Frank Buck Breast Care Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research Interests

  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Cancer Vaccines
  • Genes
  • Intraductal Carcinoma
  • Male
  • Mammary
  • Mastectomy
  • Noninfiltrating Carcinoma Lobular
  • Oncogenes
  • Precancerous Conditions
  • Segmental
  • Tumor Suppressor
  • Ultrasonography
  • BRCA1 Protein
  • BRCA2 Protein
  • Infiltrating Duct Carcinoma

Biography

 

Dr. Laura Esserman, M.D., M.B.A is a surgeon and breast cancer oncology specialist practicing at the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center where she has also held the position of Director since 1996.  She co-leads the Breast Oncology Program, the largest of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center's multidisciplinary programs. The program is comprised of 69 faculty members who represent 16 academic specialties and is internationally recognized and well-established with major initiatives in epidemiology, genetics, biology, therapeutics, and clinical cancer care.  She is a professor of Surgery & Radiology at UCSF and Associate Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center where she has founded and led the program in Translational Informatics. As part of this program, her research has focused on bioinformatics, medical and clinical informatics, systems integration, and clinical care delivery.

 

Dr. Esserman received her Bachelor's degree in History of Science from Harvard University and completed her M.D. at Stanford University. She completed her surgery residency and oncology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center.  After her training, she joined the faculty at Stanford and received a Hartford fellowship to attend Stanford Business School where she received her M.B.A. in 1993.  She then joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco.  She has worked at UCSF to develop interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and researchers to bring the best care to patients and find the best platform to integrate translational research and improve the delivery of breast cancer care.

 

Dr. Esserman has been a leader in the I-SPY TRIAL collaboration, a National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Center for Bioinformatics and SPORE program. In 2005, she received the NCI SPORE Investigator of the Year Award, an internationally recognized honor and designation.  As the Primary Investigator of a Department of Defense-funded Center of Excellence grant, she has also brought together an extraordinary, multidisciplinary group of investigators and health care industry partners to work on critical problems concerning the quality of breast cancer care. Highly respected by her peers, Dr. Esserman was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

 

Dr. Esserman is a prolific writer with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals covering all aspects of breast health including information systems, immunology, decision making, health policy and the use of imaging. She speaks extensively at public and private forums within the U.S. and internationally.  Overall, Dr. Esserman's research and writing tends to focus on the goal of giving patients better access to accurate information so that they can become partners in their health care.

 

Publications

Most recent publications from a total of 195
  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. View in PubMed
  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. View in PubMed
  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. View in PubMed
  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. View in PubMed
  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. View in PubMed
  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. View in PubMed
  7. 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. View in PubMed
  8. 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. View in PubMed
  9. 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. View in PubMed
  10. 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). View in PubMed
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