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Mary H. McGrath, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Mary H. McGrath, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director of Resident and Fellow Affairs, UCSF Graduate Medical Education

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415-353-4285 phone
415-353-4320 fax 


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  • 1962-66 College of New Rochelle, B.A., Biology, Philosophy
  • 1966-70 St. Louis University, M.D.
  • 1970-76 University of Colorado Medical Center, Resident, General Surgery
  • 1976-78 Yale University School of Medicine, Resident, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 1978 University of Connecticut-Yale University, Fellow, Hand Surgery
  • 1993-94 George Washington University, M.P.H., Health Policy and Management
  • American Board of Surgery, 1978
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1979
  • Biology of Aging
  • Clinical Fillers & Devices

Dr. Mary McGrath is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine.  She received her plastic surgery training at Yale University Medical Center in New Haven, CT.  She was appointed to the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and George Washington University in Washington D.C. prior to accepting an appointment as a plastic surgeon at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. McGrath is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In addition to teaching, lecturing, and writing for various surgery journals, Dr. McGrath is a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health and is a professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF.  She has served on the directing boards of seven plastic surgery organizations including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and been on the editorial board or a reviewer for 11 scientific journals.  Dr. McGrath is listed in Who's Who in America (1996-2008), Who's Who of American Women (1995-2008), Who's Who in Medicine & Healthcare (1997-2008), and Best Doctors in America (2007-2008). Highly respected by her peers, Dr. McGrath 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. McGrath has special interest in aesthetic surgery for rejuvenating the aging face with eyelid, forehead, face and necks lifts.  She performs body contouring surgery using liposculpture to reduce fatty deposits in the abdomen, thighs, legs and buttocks, and abdominoplasty to recontour the abdomen with excessive skin and fat after multiple pregnancies or weight loss.  Breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction are used to reshape and enhance the breasts.  Her work in reconstructive surgery has focused on skin cancer treatment, flaps and grafts for reconstruction of wounds and scars, repair of injuries of the soft tissues and bones of the face, and the treatment of gynecomastia in the male.

Dr. McGrath's surgical philosophy is to provide her patients with a plastic surgical experience that is individualized, well- informed, and achieves the desired outcome.  During the initial consultation she talks about health and appearance, reviews surgical and non-surgical options, and gives her patients the time and information to make a good decision, whether about cosmetic surgery to improve appearance or reconstructive surgery to correct defects and improve function.  

Most recent publications from a total of 29
  1. Safran T, Luck JD, McGrath MH, Larson DL. The First AAPS Cannon Student Scholarship Experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Oct 09. View in PubMed
  2. Balkin DM, Duh QY, Kind GM, Chang DS, McGrath MH. Erratum to: Failed pneumoperitoneum for laparoscopic surgery following autologous Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction: a case report. BMC Surg. 2016 Jul 13; 16(1):44. View in PubMed
  3. Balkin DM, Duh QY, Kind GM, Chang DS, McGrath MH. Failed pneumoperitoneum for laparoscopic surgery following autologous Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction: a case report. BMC Surg. 2016 Apr 27; 16(1):28. View in PubMed
  4. Verheyden CN, McGrath MH, Simpson P, Havens L. Reply: Social Problems in Plastic Surgery Residents: A Management Perspective. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Feb; 137(2):489e. View in PubMed
  5. Buck DW, McGrath MH. The Plastic Surgery Milestones: Friend or Foe? J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Nov; 26(8):2254-6. View in PubMed
  6. Potts MB, McGrath MH, Chin CT, Garcia RM, Weinstein PR. Microsurgical Fenestration and Paraspinal Muscle Pedicle Flaps for the Treatment of Symptomatic Sacral Tarlov Cysts. World Neurosurg. 2016 Feb; 86:233-42. View in PubMed
  7. Ariyan S, Martin J, Lal A, Cheng D, Borah GL, Chung KC, Conly J, Havlik R, Lee WP, McGrath MH, Pribaz J, Young VL. Antibiotic prophylaxis for preventing surgical-site infection in plastic surgery: an evidence-based consensus conference statement from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jun; 135(6):1723-39. View in PubMed
  8. Verheyden CN, McGrath MH, Simpson P, Havens L. Social problems in plastic surgery residents: a management perspective. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Apr; 135(4):772e-8e. View in PubMed
  9. Yu J, Aldabagh B, Wang J, Yom SS, El-Sayed I, Knott D, McGrath MH, Arron S. Multidisciplinary management of advanced basal cell carcinoma: report of four cases. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014 May; 13(5):601-6. View in PubMed
  10. McGrath MH. The plastic surgery milestone project. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Mar; 6(1 Suppl 1):222-4. View in PubMed
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