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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. 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
  2. Hansen KS, Ghersin H, Piper M, Tavakol M, Lee B, Esserman LJ, Roberts JP, Freise C, Ascher NL, Mukhtar RA. A World-Wide Survey on Kidney Transplantation Practices in Breast Cancer Survivors: The Need for New Management Guidelines. Am J Transplant. 2021 Jan 09. View in PubMed
  3. Parmeshwar N, Sultan SM, Kim EA, Piper ML. A Systematic Review of the Utility of Indocyanine Angiography in Autologous Breast Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2020 Dec 15; Publish Ahead of Print. View in PubMed
  4. Shakir S, Spencer AB, Piper M, Kozak GM, Soriano IS, Kanchwala SK. Laparoscopy allows the harvest of the DIEP flap with shorter fascial incisions as compared to endoscopic harvest: A single surgeon retrospective cohort study. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2020 Nov 09. View in PubMed
  5. Dhariwala MO, Karthikeyan D, Vasquez KS, Farhat S, Weckel A, Taravati K, Leitner EG, Clancy S, Pauli M, Piper ML, Cohen JN, Ashouri JF, Lowe MM, Rosenblum MD, Scharschmidt TC. Developing Human Skin Contains Lymphocytes Demonstrating a Memory Signature. Cell Rep Med. 2020 Nov 17; 1(8):100132. View in PubMed
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