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Michael D. Alvarado, M.D.

Michael D. Alvarado, M.D.

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

Michael Alvarado, M.D. is a 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.  

  

 

 

 

 

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  1. Abel MK, Greenwood H, Kelil T, Guo R, Brabham C, Hylton N, Wong J, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Boughey JC, Mukhtar RA. Accuracy of breast MRI in evaluating nodal status after neoadjuvant therapy in invasive lobular carcinoma. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Mar 05; 7(1):25. View in PubMed
  2. Vaidya JS, Bulsara M, Sperk E, Massarut S, Douek M, Alvarado M, Pigorsch S, Holmes D, Bernstein M, Saunders C, Flyger H, Joseph D, Wenz F, Tobias JS, TARGIT-A investigators . TARGIT-IORT during lumpectomy for breast cancer - better for patients than other PBI approaches. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Feb 24. View in PubMed
  3. Vaidya JS, Bulsara M, Baum M, Alvarado M, Bernstein M, Massarut S, Saunders C, Sperk E, Wenz F, Tobias JS. Intraoperative radiotherapy for breast cancer: powerful evidence to change practice. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2021 Jan 25. View in PubMed
  4. Mukhtar RA, Brabham CE, Guo R, Abel MK, Wong J, Ewing C, Esserman LJ, Alvarado M. Accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast: Factors associated with false negatives. Breast J. 2021 Jan 24. View in PubMed
  5. Son JD, Piper M, Hewitt K, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Ewing C, Wong JM, Mukhtar RA. Oncological Outcomes of Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy for Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast: A 20-Year Institutional Experience. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Oct 06. View in PubMed
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