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Michael D. Alvarado, M.D.

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

Contact Information

Academic Office
415-353-7908
415-353 9571 - Fax
michael.alvarado@ucsfmedctr.org

Carol Franc Buck Breast Care
1600 Divisadero St., Second Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Appointments: (415) 353-7070
Fax: (415) 353-7050
Melanoma Surgery
1701 Divisadero St.
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Appointments: (415) 353-9900
Fax: (415) 885-3802
 


Education

  • 1985-89, Arizona State University, BS, Chemistry
  • 1990-92, University of Arizona, Physical Chemistry, MA
  • 1994-98, Dartmouth Medical School, MD

Residencies

  • 1998-04, Surgical Residency, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • 1998-03, Surgical Residency, Dartmouth Medical School
  • 2003-04, Chief Resident, Surgery, Dartmouth Medical School

Fellowships

  • 2004-06, Surgical Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • 2005, American Board of Surgery

Program Affiliations

  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCSF Melanoma Center
  • Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

Clinical Expertise

  • 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

Research Interests

  • Investigation of blood-based and molecular markers to improve breast cancer screening
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Biography

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.  

  

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

Most recent publications from a total of 30
  1. 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. View in PubMed
  2. 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. View in PubMed
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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. View in PubMed
  7. 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. View in PubMed
  8. 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. View in PubMed
  9. 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. View in PubMed
  10. 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. View in PubMed
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