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Michael D. Alvarado, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Director, Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship

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415-353-7908
415-353 9571 - Fax
michael.alvarado@ucsf.edu

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  • 1985-89, Arizona State University, BS, Chemistry
  • 1990-92, University of Arizona, Physical Chemistry, MA
  • 1994-98, Dartmouth Medical School, MD
  • 1998-04, Surgical Residency, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • 1998-03, Surgical Residency, Dartmouth Medical School
  • 2003-04, Chief Resident, Surgery, Dartmouth Medical School
  • 2004-06, Surgical Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
  • 2005, American Board of Surgery
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Melanoma Center
  • Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in situ)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • LCIS (Lobular Carcinoma in situ)
  • Lumpectomy/Partial Mastectomy
  • Lymphadenectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Wire Localization Surgery
  • Investigation of blood-based and molecular markers to improve breast cancer screening
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Michael Alvarado, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and member of the breast care and melanoma programs. Dr. Alvarado received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, his master's degree in chemistry from the University of Arizona and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School.

After completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, he completed his surgical oncology fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida. There he conducted research in the Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology on comparative gene expression profiling of stage III colon cancer and sentinel lymph node biopsy for patients undergoing mastectomy.

Dr. Alvarado plays an integral role in the world-renowned multidisciplinary breast care team at the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center in  the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also Director of the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and is intimately involved in the training of breast cancer surgeons of the future. 

Dr. Alvarado performs melanoma surgery including sentinel lymph node biopsy at the UCSF Melanoma Center, a multidisciplinary program consisting of melanoma surgeons, dermatologists, medical oncologists, dermatopathologist and head and neck surgeon.

Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Alvarado was named to the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors," which denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. Dr. Alvarado is certified by the American Board of Surgery, member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and member of the American College of Surgeons.  

  

 

 

 

 

Most recent publications from a total of 47
  1. Johnson J, Esserman L, Ewing C, Alvarado M, Park C, Fowble B. Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping in Post-Mastectomy Chest Wall Recurrences: Influence on Radiation Treatment Fields and Outcome. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Mar; 23(3):715-21. View in PubMed
  2. Alvarado MD, Prasad C, Rothney M, Cherbavaz DB, Sing AP, Baehner FL, Svedman C, Markopoulos CJ. A Prospective Comparison of the 21-Gene Recurrence Score and the PAM50-Based Prosigna in Estrogen Receptor-Positive Early-Stage Breast Cancer. Adv Ther. 2015 Dec; 32(12):1237-47. View in PubMed
  3. Wang F, Warren Peled A, Chin R, Fowble B, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H. The Impact of Radiation, Lymph Node Dissection, and Hormonal Therapy on Outcomes of Tissue Expander-Implant Exchange in Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Sep 10. View in PubMed
  4. Wang F, Amara D, Peled AW, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ. Negative Genetic Testing Does Not Deter Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy in Younger Patients with Greater Family Histories of Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):3338-45. View in PubMed
  5. Harris EE, Small W, Holmes D, Grobmyer S, Pavord D, Rice JS, Alvarado M. In Regard to Hepel and Wazer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Aug 1; 92(5):955-7. View in PubMed
  6. Vaidya JS, Bulsara M, Wenz F, Joseph D, Saunders C, Massarut S, Flyger H, Eiermann W, Alvarado M, Esserman L, Falzon M, Brew-Graves C, Potyka I, Tobias JS, Baum M. In Regard to Hepel and Wazer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Aug 1; 92(5):953-4. View in PubMed
  7. Peled AW, Wang F, Foster RD, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Sbitany H, Esserman LJ. Expanding the Indications for Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Is It Safe for Patients with Locally Advanced Disease? Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul 14. View in PubMed
  8. Amara D, Peled AW, Wang F, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ. Tumor Involvement of the Nipple in Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Strategies for Management. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 May 29. View in PubMed
  9. Alvarado M, Carter DL, Guenther JM, Hagans J, Lei RY, Leonard CE, Manders J, Sing AP, Broder MS, Cherepanov D, Chang E, Eagan M, Hsiao W, Schultz MJ. The impact of genomic testing on the recommendation for radiation therapy in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ: A prospective clinical utility assessment of the 12-gene DCIS score™ result. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Jun; 111(8):935-40. View in PubMed
  10. Fowble B, Park C, Wang F, Peled A, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H, Hanlon A. Rates of Reconstruction Failure in Patients Undergoing Immediate Reconstruction With Tissue Expanders and/or Implants and Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Jul 1; 92(3):634-41. View in PubMed
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