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Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

Merisa L. Piper, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Wichelle Corrales, Administrative Assistant
1825 Fourth St. 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 415-353-9985
Fax: 415-353-4330
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Claremont McKenna College, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2005

University of California, Irvine, Doctorate of Medicine, 2011

  • University of California, San Francisco, General Surgery, 2011-2014
  • University of California, San Francisco, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2014-2018
  • University of Pennsylvania, Microsurgery, 2018-2019
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Body Contouring
  • Botox and Fillers
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Reconstructive Surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Breast reconstruction clinical outcomes
  • Capsular contracture
  • Extremity sarcoma

Merisa L. Piper, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her Bachelor's of Science at Claremont McKenna College, where she graduated cum laude. She then spent several years working in a basic science laboratory investigating the mechanism of hypothalamic leptin resistance at the Diabetes Center at UCSF. She attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated with high honors. She then completed her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at UCSF, and spent one year of research investigating breast reconstruction outcomes and developing a phase II clinical trial. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Piper's clinical practice includes all aspects of breast reconstruction, as well as a broad range of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery procedures. She specializes in microsurgery and free tissue transfer. Her research interests lie in breast reconstruction clinical outcomes, with focuses in oncoplastic surgery and microsurgery. She has authored over 25 papers and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is a breast section editor for Annals of Plastic Surgery, and is a guest reviewer for four scientific journals.

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  1. Wallace AB, Piper ML, Holland M, Lee S, Orringer M, Eichler C, Kim EA, Hansen SL. Prophylactic Muscle Flaps in Primary Vascular Procedures of the Groin. Ann Vasc Surg. 2021 Aug 22. View in PubMed
  2. Parmeshwar N, Piper M, Viner J, Foster R, Kim EA. Evaluation of Dual-port versus Single-port Tissue Expanders in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Jul; 9(7):e3703. View in PubMed
  3. Hewitt KC, Miller P, Piper M, Prionas N, Son JD, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Wong JM, Ewing C, Mukhtar RA. Positive margins after mastectomy in patients with invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast: Incidence and management strategies. Am J Surg. 2021 Jun 10. View in PubMed
  4. Alcon A, Kennedy A, Wang E, Piper M, Loeliger K, Admassu N, Lentz R, Kim EA. Quantifying the Psychosocial Benefits of Masculinizing Mastectomy in Trans Male Patients with Patient-Reported Outcomes: The University of California, San Francisco, Gender Quality of Life Survey. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 May 01; 147(5):731e-740e. View in PubMed
  5. Mastick J, Smoot BJ, Paul SM, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Madden LK, Conley YP, Dixit N, Hammer MJ, Fu MR, Piper M, Cate SP, Shepherd J, Miaskowski C. Assessment of Arm Volume Using a Tape Measure Versus a 3D Optical Scanner in Survivors with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema. Lymphat Res Biol. 2021 Mar 23. View in PubMed
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